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Miami Mayor Bucks Party Line On Voting

Miami's Republican Mayor Tomas Regalado moves against his party and his governor. He tells host Michel Martin that Florida's controversial voter eligibility program, that is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters, isn't necessary.
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Bowie State Boasts First Black LGBT Student Center

Maryland's Bowie State University opened a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexed and Allies Resource Center, earlier this year. It's believed to be the first center of its kind to open at a historically black college or university. Host Michel Martin discusses the center with a professor and a recent graduate from the college.
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Teachers Open Up On Why Kids Really Drop Out

It's the end of the school year, and teachers and students are enjoying some downtime. But some kids won't be going back to school next fall because about a million students drop out every year. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout crisis with teachers from three cities with high dropout rates: Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
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My Kinky Relationship With The Teeny Weenie Afro

Transitioning from chemically straightened hair to a TWA, or teeny weenie afro, was more of a challenge than NPR.org editor Tanya Ballard Brown initially anticipated.
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Ambassador Fight Aimed At Florida's Latino Voters

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on whether to confirm Mari Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador. Democrats are attempting to overcome a Republican filibuster blocking the nomination in what has turned into a fight aimed at Latino voters in the swing state of Florida.
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Tracking Asteroids From A Backyard In Kansas

Earth has been struck by asteroids many times. It will happen again. The question is how soon, and whether the asteroid will be large enough to cause significant damage. A Kansas man is helping to track asteroids with the potential to become a threat, and he does it from his own backyard — with a telescope he made himself. Machinist by day, amateur astronomer by night, Gary Hug is making a name for himself as one of the most prolific asteroid-trackers in the world.
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Jury Deliberates In Gupta Insider Trading Case

The insider trading case against Rajat Gupta is in the jury's hands. Gupta was a former member of the board of directors of Goldman Sachs and a close associate of Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager who was convicted of insider trading last year.
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JPMorgan's CEO Calls Losses 'Indefensible'

The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he tried to explain his company's recent multibillion-dollar trading losses. Dimon told the Senate Banking Committee that the losses were indefensible. He also said the company may try to recover some of the compensation paid to the traders who were responsible.
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Immigration Law Slows A Family's March Forward

The idea that anyone can make it in the U.S. is personified by immigrant success stories. But what if you came to America for a better life, worked hard and made it — but now face an increasingly anti-immigrant environment? One South Carolina family continues to have faith that the next generation will have it better.

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