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Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate

Naturally polluted water from the Marcellus Shale can rise up through the natural-gas-rich rock formation to the surface. That means that water used in fracking potentially could, too. The water may be making its way up through natural fractures in the earth or old oil and gas wells.
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Justice Department, Texas Face Off In Court Over Voter ID Law

In opening arguments before a three-judge panel, a lawyer for Texas argued that the photo ID requirement was intended to limit voter fraud, not to curb turnout of legally registered voters. The Obama administration says it could deny minorities their rights.
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Swing State TV Stations Spiking Ad Rates As Campaign Cash Pours In

Someone once said that owning a TV station is a license to print money. Now, that was before the advent of cable TV and computer screens and streaming video. But these are clearly good times for some stations, especially the ones in presidential battleground states.
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Pitcher R.A. Dickey's Tale Is As Wild As A Knuckleball

The 37-year-old New York Met makes his All-Star Game debut on Tuesday, and it's been a long, strange trip. Abused as a child, missing a crucial ligament in his throwing arm — Dickey overcame obstacles by putting his faith in a rare and fluttering pitch.
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Texas Defends Voter ID Law

A federal panel on Monday began hearing a lawsuit by the state of Texas against the U.S. Department of Justice, to allow the state's new voter ID law to go into effect. The Justice Department has blocked the law, arguing that it violates the Voting Rights Act by disproportionately harming Hispanic voters, who are less likely to have the required photo ID. Melissa Block speaks to NPR's Pam Fessler.
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Scranton, Pa., City Workers Hit With Pay Cut

In Scranton, Pa., city workers are fuming about their sudden pay decrease. The city's mayor says there isn't enough money to pay employees their regular wages. So, the most recent paychecks reflected minimum wage — no matter what workers' previous salaries had been.
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Texas Rejects Medicaid Expansion In Health Law

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced that he opposes the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the creation of state insurance exchanges. Melissa Block talks to Emily Ramshaw, editor at the Texas Tribune, for more on what Perry's announcement means for Texas.
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Who 'Owns' The Bush Tax Cuts?

Democrats opposed the Bush tax cuts in the early 2000s. But now President Obama is calling for a second extension of the cuts for some Americans, and Republicans are lining up in opposition. So whose tax cut is it anyway?

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