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Why Prescribed Burning Is Hard To Do In New York

One of the easiest ways to manage a severe wildfire is prescribed burning — intentionally lighting a forest on fire in order to burn off what would otherwise be dangerous amounts of underbrush. But prescribed burning is expensive, time consuming and difficult to do in densely populated areas.
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Mayor Bartlett Addresses Tulsa's Racial Divide

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has been attending the funerals of three African Americans killed in a shooting spree on Good Friday. The killings happened in the same city where the black community was assaulted by whites during the 1921 race riot. Bartlett tells Steve Inskeep his city has made a lot of progress since then.
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From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education

Four major universities — Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan — are joining forces with a startup called Coursera to offer free online classes in more than three-dozen subjects. The professors involved hope this kind of online interaction transforms higher education.
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Rough Patches Behind It, Toyota Tries To Accelerate

Toyota is still the leading foreign carmaker in the U.S., but the company was severely tested by back-to-back crises: in 2010, massive recalls; then last year, the Japan tsunami. Although it lost U.S. market share, Toyota stayed in the black through its darkest hours.
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Unusual Alliances Form In Nebraska's Prenatal Care Debate

The state's Legislature voted to spend government funds on prenatal care for illegal immigrants. The governor vetoed the legislation, but some lawmakers are looking to override the veto in a vote on Wednesday.
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Zoo Tells City: Please Feed The Animals

The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson finds itself in a unique situation: it has five new elephants — but the facility does not have enough leafy food to keep the large animals happy. "What we're looking for... I think the word 'snacks' came up," says zoo curator Jim Schnormeier.

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