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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Alabama immigration law

Oct 29, 2013 — Opponents of Alabama's strict immigration law are declaring victory Tuesday, as the state agrees not to pursue key provisions of a measure critics called an endorsement of racial profiling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's appeal of a ruling that effectively blocked the law.
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Dec 6, 2011 — The law — considered the toughest in the country against illegal immigrants — came back to the spotlight after a Mercedes-Benz executive was arrested when he forgot his passport and license at his hotel. The attorney general is now recommending that some parts are repealed and others rewritten.
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Nov 22, 2011 — Detlev Hager was arrested during a routine traffic stop because he had left his passport at home. The arrest has business leaders asking if the incident will have broader implications for foreign investment in the state.
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Oct 14, 2011 — The federal government and others continue to challenge the law and further rulings await.
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Oct 7, 2011 — One week after a federal judge refused to block key sections of Alabama's new immigration law, the U.S. Department of Justice is asking a federal appeals court to halt the law, saying that it goes against federal powers over immigration.
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Sep 28, 2011 — A federal judge struck down a provision making it a crime for illegal immigrants to work in the state. The judge upheld a provision that allows law enforcement officers to detain those suspected of being in the country illegally.
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