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—B. A. Billingsly

 

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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:11:00 -0400
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him. 
Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Oil Shipment  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:32:00 -0400
A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of oil from Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload, but a judge has agreed with Iraq's central government that the oil belongs to them. 
Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:23:00 -0400
Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine used on corn and soy farms have run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects. 
Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:11:00 -0400
About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute. 
Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:00 -0400
We spend $15 billion a year training doctors, but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report. 
Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:56:21 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with poet Nikki Giovanni about the role art can play during major, often challenging, moments of transition. 
White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:02:00 -0400
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to give investigators access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane. 
Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400
Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life. 
Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:00 -0400
After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile. 
White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:48:00 -0400
The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. 
What We See In The Eric Garner Video, And What We Don't  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:03:14 -0400
Once again, an unarmed black man has died in a confrontation with police. This time the clash was captured on video. You'd think that might make everything clearer. You'd be wrong. 
Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:47:00 -0400
It's hard not to worry about heart problems when running hard in hot weather. But heatstroke is a far bigger health risk, researchers say. Marathon organizers are trying to make races safer. 
N.H. Promises To Let D.C. Residents Buy Booze There  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:25:54 -0400
A clerk in Concord recently refused to sell liquor to a resident of the nation's capital because state law says licenses from other states can be used to buy booze, and Washington isn't a state. 
Crews Are Containing Western Wildfires, But More Bad Weather's Ahead  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:12 -0400
Firefighters are making good progress on a number of destructive wildfires burning in the West. In Washington, fire crews are hoping to contain the largest fire in that state's history within the next week. 
Ruling Against D.C.'s Gun Law Sends Local Officials Scrambling  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:12 -0400
A federal judge struck down the city's ban on carrying handguns in public. The latest ruling follows a Supreme Court decision in 2008 that overturned the city's blanket ban on handgun ownership. 
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