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House Lawmakers Seek Federal Probe Of Black Lung Program

Reps. George Miller and Joe Courtney are calling on the Labor Department to investigate "allegations of misconduct by doctors and lawyers working on behalf of the coal industry" and their roles in benefits denied to coal miners with black lung disease.
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California Congressman Wakes Up To Tough Re-Election Fight

California Rep. Mike Honda appears to have been caught dozing off twice in public recently. The optics could prove problematic for the veteran congressman, who is facing the toughest fight of his political career from a much younger challenger.
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What Really Got Measured In This Month's Jobs Report?

October's jobs report looks good. But many economists believe the economy is becoming too complicated and technologically advanced for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure accurately using current methods.
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Presidential Apologies: Regrets, They Have A Few

The recent history of White House apologies teaches us a lesson: Being president means never having to say you're sorry. At least not in a convincing, soulful, direct way.
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How Tall Is The Washington Monument? Surveyors Take To The Top

The last time the monument's height was measured was in 1999. And with scaffolding in place for earthquake repairs, engineers have a rare opportunity to take official measurements of the iconic obelisk.
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St. Louis Master: 'Diversity Is Big In Chess'

St. Louis might be known for legendary entertainers like Josephine Baker, or star athletes like Yogi Berra, but now there's something else putting the city on the map. It's known as the 'Chess Capital of the World.' Host Michel Martin learns more from St. Louis native and chess National Master, Charles Lawton.
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Should Jonathan Martin 'Man Up' Or 'Leave It On The Field?'

The Barbershop guys meet us in St. Louis this week. They'll weigh in on the Miami Dolphins' bullying debate, and ask whether a California high school's mascot is offensive.
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Is St. Louis' School Transfer Program 'A Mess?'

Missouri's state Supreme Court says that school districts that lose accreditation must pay for students to go elsewhere, if that's what their parents want. But in St. Louis, the process has opened up complicated questions of race and class. Host Michel Martin delves into the issue.
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Getting To The Root Of The Problems In School Districts

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding Missouri's controversial school transfer policy with Don Marsh of St. Louis Public Radio; Ty McNichols, who leads the city's Normandy School District; and Eric Knost, Superintendent of Mehlville School District.
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Hunger Games: What's Behind Yelp's Fake Restaurant Reviews?

Restaurants with a "weak" reputation are more likely to write fake positive reviews, a study finds. But chain restaurants, which do not benefit greatly from Yelp, are less likely to commit review fraud.

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