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Two Years Later, Joplin Mayor Reflects On Impact Of Tornado

Two years ago, a massive tornado hit the city of Joplin, Mo., and claimed the lives of more than 160 people. Melissa Block speaks with Mike Woolston, who was mayor of Joplin at the time, about how the city has recovered, and what guidance he has for Moore, Okla., on moving forward from a devastating natural disaster.
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IRS Witness Turns Down Questions At Congressional Hearing

Lois Lerner was the first IRS official to explain how conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status were flagged for extra scrutiny. On Wednesday, she cited her constitutional right not to incriminate herself and declined to answer questions from a House committee.
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Basements Not An Option For Many Homes In Oklahoma

Melissa Block talks to Scott Neuman about why basements in Oklahoma are so uncommon.
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Scandal Politics: The Downstream Effect

The trio of scandals that have engulfed the White House may not be big news by 2014, but now is the time when prospective candidates must decide if they want to be on the ballot. Is the news of the moment hurting the effort?
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Go East, Young Marijuana Dealer

A San Francisco dealer quadrupled his income by moving to New York after California legalized medical marijuana.
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Oregon's Cash-Strapped Counties Reject Public Safety Levies

Two Oregon counties have reportedly rejected property tax increases that would have funded law enforcement and public safety services. The counties once received federal timber subsidies, but those days are over — and now they're scrambling to pay for essential services.

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