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Federal Budget Cuts Hamper Waste Cleanup At Washington Nuclear Reservation

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state is set to lose $182 million due to federal budget cuts known as the sequester. The cuts come just after news that six tanks full of radioactive waste are leaking. Those tanks are filled with millions of gallons of the most toxic nuclear waste on Earth and are not far from the Northwest's iconic Columbia River.
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Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor Won't Seek Sixth Term

Tom Menino has been mayor of Boston since 1993 — but on Thursday he announced he will not seek a sixth term. Bruce Gellerman reports on the man who saw the city through the tech bubble, the Big Dig and an economic revival.
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New Jersey Residents Blame Increased Flooding On Superstorm Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy, local officials in many coastal towns in New Jersey are reporting increased flooding and higher flood waters. They say it is happening both during storms and even just on high tides. But no one's exactly sure why. Meanwhile, costs are piling up; officials say the increased flood events and higher flood waters have already damaged major roadways that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to repair since Sandy.
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Kids May Stay On Disability If Their Parents Rely On The Check

In a continuing exploration of the nation's disability system, Planet Money looks at one of the fastest growing categories of disability recipients: children. The number of children on the program for poor disabled families is five times what it was 25 years ago.
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Report: Adam Lanza's Home Was Stocked With Weapons, Ammunition

There's new information about the man who shot and killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Warrants issued in the aftermath of the shooting were made public on Thursday. Jeff Cohen tells Audie Cornish that they fill in additional details about Adam Lanza's life with his mother Nancy. Investigators found a cache of weapons and ammunition, a National Rifle Association certificate for Adam Lanza, and books on mental health and shooting skills. They also found information about other mass shootings.
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In Phoenix, A New Quest For Diverse Public Pool Lifeguards

After noticing that mostly white lifeguards worked at public pools used by Latino and African-American kids, the city decided to try to recruit minorities to lifeguard. The city has raised about $15,000 to offset certification costs, and pool staff will work with recruits on swimming skills.

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