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The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather

Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. But the upsides include fewer mosquitoes, less polluted runoff and greater awareness of climate change.
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Unbridled Kentuckians Decide It's Time For A Kick-Ass New Slogan

A couple of advertising professionals want to spruce up their home state's image by ditching the slogan Unbridled Spirit for a new one: Kentucky Kicks Ass. The new slogan has garnered fans as far away as Japan and England, but will state officials sign off on it?
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Lockdowns The Norm For Schools With Frequent Threats

Even before the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., schools have long tried to figure out how to prepare and respond in the event of a shooter on campus. Youth Radio reporter Robin Gee reports from the Bay Area on what lockdowns mean, and what they feel like to kids.
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Bipartisan Immigration Reform Plan 'A Major Breakthrough'

A bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation's immigration laws on Monday.
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Pentagon To Dramatically Expand 'Cyber Warrior' Force

The Pentagon has approved plans for a five-fold increase in its cyberwar fighting force. The U.S. Cyber Command would see its ranks jump from 900 to 4,900, including both uniformed and civilian personnel. Defense officials say the boost in the cybersecurity force is necessary because of the nation's growing vulnerability to cyber attacks and also the need to prepare for more offensive cyber combat operations. But there is already a shortage of cyber specialists, and the new recruitment effort would increase the competition for skilled personnel within the government and the private sector. Audie Cornish talks to Tom Gjelten.
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Dillingham Commission's Ranking Of Immigrant Groups Affected U.S. Policy For Decades

As momentum grows for immigration reform, Audie Cornish takes a look back in time at another moment when the country was grappling with its immigrant population. In the early 1900s, the Dillingham Commission was mandated by Congress to undertake a massive study of immigrants. We take a look at the 1911 report with Senate Associate Historian Betty Koed. Its conclusions led the country to prioritize certain immigrants over others. We explore how those findings still reverberate today with Richard Alba, a professor of sociology who has spent decades studying the immigrant experience.
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New Threat Emerges At Intersection Of Terrorism, Syndicated Crime

Analysts and administration officials are talking about terrorist groups not just as part of an ideological movement, but rather as criminal syndicates. With funding sources drying up, local terrorist groups are going beyond traditional deep pocket donors. Now they are bilking local economies. Al-Qaida is robbing banks in Iraq, the Taliban is taking hostages in Afghanistan and al-Shabab is laundering money in Somalia.
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Immigration Reform Plan Gets Mixed Reviews Across Country

There was a lot of talk about a bipartisan Senate agreement on comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The deal came one day before President Obama was set to unveil his plan. The Senate proposal drew mixed reaction from local lawmakers and groups active in the immigration debate at the state level.

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