Laura LeBlanc

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Video: Making Congress work

Jeff Greenfield moderates a bipartisan panel that offers detailed proposals about how to make Congress work. Their ideas include: non-partisan primaries, mandatory voting and campaign finance reform.

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The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

Former NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis hosts a panel of military experts who discuss the wisdom of some of our current defense spending and how the Pentagon can deal with foreign threats during difficult economic times.

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Video: Toxic law? Chemical pollution and the EPA

Need to Know takes a look at a small town plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and the regulatory system some say has failed its residents.

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Video: Losing the safety net: Adults with autism

When we think of autism, we tend to think of children, but what happens to those children when they grow up and leave the educational system where federal law requires they get the services they need? And what happens to them when their parents are gone? Need to Know looks at two families struggling to provide a future for their adult sons with autism.

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Video: From allergies to deadly disease, feeling the effects of climate change

A rare but deadly fungal disease once known only in tropical climates is infecting people in the Pacific Northwest — and researchers say climate change may be why.

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For residents and cleanup workers, health risks of Gulf oil spill remain uncertain

A year after the BP spill, cleanup workers are still asking questions about health risks. Can a federal study provide the answers? Need to Know’s medical correspondent reports.

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Video: Six women, many small steps toward breast cancer breakthroughs

Dr. Emily Senay examines three clinical trials current under way: new chemotherapy tests, freezing breast cancer tumors and scalp cooling to save patients’ hair.

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Video: A new way to diagnose Alzheimer’s offers hope

An FDA advisory panel has recommended approval of a brain scan that may help diagnose Alzheimer’s. Dr. Emily Senay tells us what this test might mean for the future.

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Video: When care runs out

Parents of children with severe developmental disabilities often have to fight to get them what they need, especially once they become adults.