Morning Edition for May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014 — Minors can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can farm tobacco. A new Human Rights Watch report says the practice is hazardous; cigarette makers say there are some safe roles for kids on farms.
May 14, 2014 — In a city notorious for its murder rate, more than 90 percent of victims are black. To help break the cycle, police are testing a new approach: trying to win the hearts and minds of middle-schoolers.
May 14, 2014 — Harvard law professor David Barron is under fire for signing memos that allowed the U.S. to kill a U.S. citizen overseas in a drone strike. Those blocking his nomination want the documents released.
May 14, 2014 — Funny or Die, a website founded by comedians including Will Ferrell, is finding ways to channel the loose comedy of the Internet into projects both online and on television.
May 14, 2014 — Indiana officials are appealing a court ruling that allows a police corporal to have the vanity plate: OINK. The state says it's offensive speech. The state won't issue vanity plates while it appeals.
May 14, 2014 — A former U.S. Marine sergeant is in a Mexican prison just across the border from California. The reservist says he missed his freeway exit in San Diego and drove across the U.S.-Mexico border.
May 14, 2014 — Mainstream Republicans have been fighting back against Tea Party groups in congressional primaries this year. Steve Inskeep talks to Drew Ryun of the Madison Project, a national Tea Party superPAC.
May 14, 2014 — During the 2012 presidential race, Democrats used big data to much success. The big data approach to micro-targeting voters is getting increasingly powerful, and is being used for midterm campaigns.
May 14, 2014 — The order comes as the Chinese government loosens control over low-cost travel to meet demand from its growing middle class.
May 14, 2014 — The state Assembly passed a bill to offer tax incentives to film and TV production companies. Big city mayors signed a letter in support, but it's not clear Gov. Jerry Brown will sign on.