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Oregon Wants Official Microbe To Celebrate Beer Industry

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a kind of yeast used in beer. State representative Mark Johnson thinks making it Oregon's official microbe is a great way to celebrate the state's craft beer industry.
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Reports: Obama To Propose Cuts In Social Programs

Administration officials are telling news outlets that the budget the president unveils next week will include proposals he made last year during negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Those include changes that could reduce increases in Social Security and Medicare spending.
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Wichita Cheers Shocker's Place In Final 4

The Wichita State Shockers are returning to the NCAA men's Final 4 for the first time since 1965. Morning Edition has some fascinating history about the school that you might not know.
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Fan Refuses To Shave Until A D.C. Team Wins A Championship

Thomas McAllister believes in his Washington, D.C. teams so much that he's vowing not to shave until one of them - the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals or Nationals - goes all the way. The Washington Post says he hasn't shaved since last June, a day before he got married.
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Jobless Data In March: Like A Lamb Or Lion?

The Labor Department releases its latest unemployment figures for March Friday morning. The news a month ago was surprisingly good — more new jobs than expected helped to push down the jobless rate to 7.7 percent.
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Colorado Farmers Scramble To Find Irrigation Water

Cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, leaving farmers to rent the water back to irrigate crops and raise cattle. During a drought, cities are reluctant to give up any of their reserves. With little irrigation water, farmers must plant less, hire fewer people and bank on crop insurance.
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Enron's Skilling Could Win Early Release From Prison

Former Enron CEO Jeffery Skilling could be released early from federal prison under a reduced sentencing agreement being considered at the Justice Department. Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in the energy trading giant's collapse
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Roger Ebert: More Than A Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down Guy

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday. He was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation. On Wednesday, he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer. Ebert was 70.
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Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System

Every year 10 million people funnel in and out of America's jails and prisons. And every year some of them get lost. Recently there have been two high-profile cases of such inmates — one who got out years too early, and one who stayed years to long. Both had disastrous consequences.

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