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Suburban Women Key To Victory In Pennsylvania Senate Race

Aug. 26
Susan Davis / NPR

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty are battling it out in the Philadelphia area suburbs.

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A Dying Japanese Village Brought Back To Life — By Scarecrows

Aug. 26
Ina Jaffe / NPR

A remote mountain village once was home to hundreds. Now it has just 30 residents. Tskukimi Ayano, 67, is one of the younger ones. She has repopulated the village by making scarecrow-like figures.

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Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

Aug. 26
Greg Allen / NPR

The organization is going door to door in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The goal: Reach 25,000 households in six weeks with information about Zika prevention and family planning services.

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When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

Aug. 26
NPR Staff / NPR

More than six decades since Frank Mutz's grandfather started in the air conditioning business, Frank runs the same company with his children. They've also passed down common sense and personal warmth.

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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

Aug. 26
Dan Charles / NPR

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

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Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start

Aug. 26
Julie Rovner / NPR

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic are collaborating to better integrate the training of student doctors, dentists, nurses and social workers. One goal: Reduce medical errors.

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Cursive Law Writes New Chapter For Handwriting In Alabama's Schools

Aug. 26
Kyle Gassiott / NPR

Schools in Alabama were already required to teach cursive writing, but a new law now requires schools to provide cursive instruction by the end of the third grade, and report proficiency levels.

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Volkswagen Has Tentative Deal To Compensate U.S. Dealers In Emissions Scandal

Aug. 25
Sonari Glinton / NPR

The negotiations follow VW's installation of software in its diesel vehicles that cheated on pollution tests. The dealers' sales plummeted on the news. VW will give them cash payments under the deal.

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New Virus Breaks The Rules Of Infection

Aug. 25
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR

A virus is generally like a little ball with a few genes. Now scientists have found one that's broken up into five little balls — as if it were dismembered.

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Cleanup Crews Roll Through Baton Rouge After Louisiana Flooding

Aug. 25
NPR Staff / NPR

In flood-ravaged Louisiana, a cleanup contractor that specializes in disaster recovery operations helps Baton Rouge clean up debris. Cleanup crews say the destruction is much worse than reported.

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