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Crime Lab Scandal Leaves Mass. Legal System In Turmoil

Lawyers, prosecutors and judges across Massachusetts are sorting through thousands of cases that may now unravel. With a former chemist accused of falsifying more than 30,000 test results, hundreds of former defendants have already been released and police are bracing for an uptick in crime.
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Steubenville Rape Case Fuels Anger, Soul-Searching

Inside a courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, a judge is considering whether a 16-year-old girl was so drunk that she couldn't consent to sex with two high school football players. Outside, the case continues to spur debate over teen drinking, sex, football culture, and the ability of social media to amplify it all.
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Fla. Lieutenant Governor Resigns Amid Probe Of Internet Cafe

In Florida, an investigation into storefront Internet gambling parlors has forced the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who is stepping down because of her involvement with a group called Allied Veterans of the World. The group runs dozens of what it calls "Internet cafes" — storefront operations where people essentially gamble using electronic slot machines.
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Alabama's Governor Signs Education Bill Allowing School Choice

Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a sweeping education bill that gives tax credits to parents who want to transfer their children from a failing public school to another public or private school. The bill became law one day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled a lawsuit against it was premature.
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2013 SXSW Standouts

Musicians from all over the world are bringing their talents to the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Host Michel Martin gets a taste of the standouts. She speaks with Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreas, the hosts of NPR's Alt Latino Podcast.
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Homeless Age Faster

Studies show there are a growing number of homeless people around the age of 50. But it's common for them to experience illnesses and injuries more common among people well beyond their age. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR correspondent, Pam Fessler and homeless advocate, Tony Simmons, about the rising number of aging homeless.
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A First For Latinos: Remembering Raymond Telles

The late Raymond Telles may not be a household name, but he was a trailblazer for Latinos in politics; he was the first Latino elected mayor of El Paso, Texas and later became a U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. Host Michel Martin looks back on Ambassador Telles' life with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros.
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In Partisan Vote, Senate Committee OKs Ban On Assault-Style Weapons

Democrats supported the measure. Republicans opposed it. The legislation is unlikely to get enough support in the full Senate to pass.

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