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Looking To Escape The Polar Vortex? Head North To Alaska

Many Alaskans are watching the lower 48 suffer through the cold and snowy winter with one reaction: envy. That's because Alaska is enduring the opposite, facing record high temperatures and extremely low snow totals. Alaska Public Radio Network's Annie Feidt reports that the unusual weather has made it difficult for residents to enjoy the winter sports, like skiing, that are popular in the state.
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Legislators Make A Field Trip To Investigate W.Va Spill

Several members of Congress are convening a field hearing on January's toxic water crisis in West Virginia, gathering in Charleston to listen to officials testify about the safety of the water. While officials testified that the water was now suitable for drinking and bathing, there is one word nobody would use to describe the water: safe.
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Sen. Rockefeller Responds To Water Safety Concerns

A month after a major chemical spill in West Virginia, Melissa Block talks to Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller about clean-up efforts in his state, as well as legislation he has introduced in order to prevent future spills.
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With Wallets Bulging, States Must Decide How To Spend Their Cash

Many governors are looking to use their budget surpluses to cut taxes or restore funding to programs that were slashed during lean times. But in an election year, these surpluses are setting up potential political battles.
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Fate Of Former New Orleans Mayor Now In Jury's Hands

The jury has begun deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen in exchange for steering city business their way after Hurricane Katrina. NPR's Debbie Elliott was in court on Monday and speaks to host Robert Siegel about the day's developments.
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Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Slaying Of Border Patrol Agent

The killing uncovered a botched gun-walking scheme known as "Fast and Furious." Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, a Mexican national, is the first convicted in the shooting death of agent Brian Terry.
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Young And In Love? Thank Mom And Dad, At Least A Little

How well people got along with their parents as teenagers affects how satisfied they are with romantic relationships as young adults. But if you were a rebellious teen, don't fret. Researchers say it's just one of many factors that influence your romantic life.
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Interest Groups Gear Up For Next Supreme Court Vacancy

With Republicans growing more confident about their prospects for taking over the U.S. Senate this fall, activists from both parties are starting to fire up the message machines for the next Supreme Court opening.
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U.S. Citizen May Be Targeted With Drone Strike: Reports

Multiple news outlets are reporting being told by U.S. officials that the Obama administration is considering whether to try to kill a U.S. citizen who has allegedly joined al-Qaida overseas. The individual, whose name has not been released, is alleged to be planning attacks against Americans.
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Worker Productivity Is Up, But Are Employers Sharing The Wealth?

The latest jobs report showed that the economy added 113,000 jobs in January. Wages have pretty much stayed stagnant, while worker productivity is higher than ever. Host Michel Martin talks about how workers feel about increased productivity, and what it means for the long-term unemployed with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

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