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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 29, 2014 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Jul 4, 2012 — Today, their paintings hang in the White House. But in the 1960s, they sold them, often still wet, from the trunks of their cars.
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Nov 23, 2011 — The tabloids — with names such as Cellmates, Jailbirds, Just Busted — show mug shots of those arrested every week in different cities around the country. In Little Rock, Ark., The Slammer sells some 7,000 copies a week. But law enforcement says it doesn't help solve crimes — and others call it voyeuristic and exploitative.
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May 19, 2011 — Roughly 1 in 3 adult Americans is now obese. And ground zero for the nation's obesity battle is Mississippi — where 7 of 10 adults in the state are either overweight or obese. The problem is most pronounced in Holmes County — the poorest and heaviest in the state.
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Jan 12, 2014 — Centennial Baptist Church in Helena, Ark., has deep roots in the African-American community. But poverty and other concerns in this Delta town have made raising restoration funds difficult.
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Jan 1, 2013 — There's no way to really generalize what it's like to be gay in the South. But to get an idea, we spent a day with Chad Griffin — the newest president of a Washington-based gay rights group — as he spent his first day on the job in his hometown of Arkadelphia, Ark.
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Jul 5, 2012 — When the officials at a Florida prison realized who Al Black was, they gave him a paintbrush and the walls as a canvas.
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Jun 27, 2012 — They are credited with churning out some 200,000 landscape paintings in the area of Fort Pierce, Fla., since the 1960s. And a teenager named Alfred Hair was the mastermind behind the whole operation.
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May 11, 2012 — The last installment of a weeklong look at up-and-coming photographers in the South.
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May 10, 2012 — For an enclave of communities in western Mississippi, rich cultural roots don't always translate to prosperity. The history is storied, the times are tough, and life goes on.
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May 9, 2012 — Photographer Tammy Mercure has a humorous take on everything the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer — in case natural beauty isn't enough.
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