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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
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Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas

Apr 11, 2014 — Lyndon Johnson taught in the South Texas town of Cotulla in 1928. Even as president, he always remembered the grinding poverty of his students.
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Apr 11, 2014 — While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.
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Apr 10, 2014 — The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.
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Apr 2, 2014 — The rural Texas town was established as a "freedom colony" with land given to former slaves after the Civil War. O. Rufus Lovett photographed Weeping Mary and its residents for 11 years.
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Apr 2, 2014 — Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.
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Apr 1, 2014 — Texas is a treasure of unusual town names. The quest continues to hear the stories behind some of them — including the tiny central Texas town of Dime Box. Bonnie Langham discusses her hometown.
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Apr 1, 2014 — Hispanics now make up 38 percent of Texas residents. One demographer says the state's future is tied to the success of its growing minority population. Schools may be part of the solution.
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Mar 31, 2014 — Kermit, Texas, (pop. 5,708) is just one of many oddly named towns in Texas. Can you identify them all?
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Mar 31, 2014 — There is no shortage of colorful town names in Texas. We explore the story behind one of them — Turkey, Texas — with a local named Don Turner, a volunteer at the Bob Wills Museum.
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Mar 31, 2014 — Outdated stereotypes may have some thinking that Dallas is just a town of cowboys, highways and football. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings corrects the record, describing the city's lively arts and culture.
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