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5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Why Inflation Is So Low

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:55 pm

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why has inflation remained so low?

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5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

700,000 Jobs Are At Stake If The Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Transportation advocates are calling this Infrastructure Week. To mark that week, President Obama spoke yesterday on the banks of the Hudson River just north of New York City. Construction is underway there on $3.9 billion replacement for the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Engineers say one out of nine bridges in this country needs repair.

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5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Dozens Of Protesters Picked Up Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Chinese authorities have arrested or detained dozens of people ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This is an annual ritual ahead of a sensitive political date in China.

Around the Nation
5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted'

Bonauto celebrates on May 17, 2005, the one-year anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Bonauto argued the case that benefited couples like Hillary and Julie Goodridge (at right), here with their daughter Annie.
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Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:20 am

Ten years ago this week, attorney Mary Bonauto woke up with more than just your average case of pre-wedding jitters. It had been six months since her arguments had persuaded Massachusetts' highest court to allow the nation's first legal gay marriages, but opponents were still trying to stop the weddings before they started.

"I had been so scared, so many times, during really what had been really a ferocious onslaught to try to keep marriages from ever happening, so I continued to worry," Bonauto recalls.

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5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And for today's last word in business, we have a new answer to an old question.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MEN: (Singing) Who wears short shorts?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN: (Singing) We wear short shorts.

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5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Travel Plans Are Looking Up For Airline Industry

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with friendly skies for airlines.

After a brutal winter, which hurt both American's travels plans and airline profits, things are looking up. More than 200 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S.-based airlines this summer.

According to a leading industry group, A4A, that is the most since the financial crisis six years ago. This included a projected record number of passengers flying from the U.S. to international destinations. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hotel Guests Find Many Things To Complain About

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. If you're requesting a dead mouse for your hotel room, it probably means you brought your pet boa along on your vacation. That's just one of the strange requests - and complaints - reported by hotel staff to the travel website Skyscanner. Among the weirder complaints: The waiter was too handsome and the ice cream too cold and no steak on the vegetarian menu. Plus, one guest groaned that his girlfriend's snoring kept him awake. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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7:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Indiana Temporarily Suspends Vanity License Plates

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep, with an update on a battle over free speech.

Indiana told a police corporal last year his vanity license plates were no longer acceptable. The officer's plate said: OINK, O-I-N-K. He considered that an ironic statement on people calling him a pig. The state called it offensive speech. The cop sued, and has won. You can say oink in America. Say it now. The state stopped issuing vanity license plates, while it appeals.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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5:03 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Astronaut's Video Taken Down After Copyright Expires

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

Astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while he was in space. In the copyright agreement, Bowie said the YouTube video could stay up a year. The year ended at midnight.

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5:03 am
Wed May 14, 2014

More School Districts Rethink Zero-Tolerance Policies

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

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Earlier this year, the Obama administration asked schools across the country to rethink how they discipline students. Now, instead of automatic suspensions and other tough punishments, more schools are considering alternatives.

Laura Isensee, of Houston Public Media, takes a look at one of those alternatives.

LAURA ISENSEE, BYLINE: Two teenage girls come into the assistant principal's office at the Academy of Choice in northwest Houston. They used to be friends. But now they're fighting. It's time for a serious sit-down.

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