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A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court

An Illinois case examines whether states may recognize a union for workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of state institutions, and whether non-union members must pay for a contract they benefit from.
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After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

The Winter Olympics bobsled, luge and skeleton track was designed with safety in mind, not just speed. It was constructed after an athlete died in a violent crash, and others complained of out-of-control speed, at the Olympics four years ago.
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Two Killed, Others Hurt In Omaha Plant Explosion

Authorities say there have been deaths and a number of injuries at the animal feed processing plant, but haven't given specifics.
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Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help

Over the past decade, thousands of mentally ill people have been funneling in and out of the nation's jails, landing in places that are ill-equipped to treat them. Illinois' Cook County Jail has some of the most innovative programs in the country, but staff say it's a far cry from actual treatment.
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Silicon Valley Responds To Obama's NSA Proposals

On Friday, President Obama delivered a speech outlining his proposed reforms of the National Security Agency's surveillance practices. In All Tech Considered, our weekly look at technology, we explore how the speech was received by many of the big tech companies in Silicon Valley.
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Tech Executive On NSA: Washington 'Exploits' Security Holes

Melissa Block talks to Alex Fowler, the chief privacy officer at Mozilla, for the company's response to President Obama's speech about government surveillance reform.
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Another Week, Another Mayor: The Christie Scandal Widens

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing new allegations about whether he used the powers of his office to punish a local politician. This time, the charge is that he withheld a city's federal recovery money for Superstorm Sandy because the mayor wouldn't support an ally's redevelopment project. Matt Katz of member station WNYC reports on the unfolding accusations.
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Rural Regions Lobby For State Medicaid Expansion

Hospitals in rural regions in the U.S. are adjusting to many new requirements under the Affordable Care Act. For those in states that are not expanding their Medicaid roles, that adjustment is even harder. Rural lobbies are pushing these states for the expansion, saying that without it, many of their hospitals could close.
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The Second Lives Of 'Stuff' In Chicago Public Schools

In 2013, the Chicago Public Schools decided to close some 50 schools to save money and consolidate resources. In recent months, the system has been emptying out those buildings, creating a giant collection of reusable materials, from textbooks to Bunsen burners, to desks and chairs. From member station WBEZ in Chicago, Linda Lutton takes a look at all the stuff that is getting reused.
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For World Superpowers, The Negotiating Table Often Had A Net

Melissa Block talks with Nicholas Griffin about his book, Ping-Pong Diplomacy, which explores the importance of the tabletop game in Chinese political history and foreign policy.

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