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PBS NewsHour announces weekend newscast

By Meredith P. Garretson | PBS NewsHour Starting Sept. 7, the PBS NewsHour is expanding its family, adding a “PBS NewsHour Weekend” newscast on Saturdays and Sundays. The 30-minute show will be anchored by veteran NewsHour correspondent and director of digital partnerships, Hari Sreenivasan. The program will be produced by New York PBS member station [...]

Full transcript: Crossing the line at the border: Dying to get back

Need to Know Episode 320 Airdate: May 17, 2013 ANNOUNCER [narration]: THIS IS NEED TO KNOW WITH MARIA HINOJOSA…SCOTT SIMON… RAY SUAREZ AND THIS WEEK JEFF GREENFIELD. ON THIS EDITION…MANY HAVE AMERICAN CHILDREN, HOLD AMERICAN JOBS, AND PAY AMERICAN TAXES… PRESIDENT OBAMA: They’re looking out for their families, they’re looking out for their neighbors. They [...]

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Voices of mixed-status families

In part three of our “Border Patrol” series on immigration policies, we meet the family of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, a 39-year-old father of five American children (above, Alfonso with his wife, Juana, and children). Alfonso was deported from Vista, California after a sheriff’s deputy asked him for his identification at a local convenience store. He [...]

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Marathon bombing victim looks forward

Boston Marathon bombing victim Roseann Sdoia talked to WGBH Greater Boston host Emily Rooney about the day of the bombings, her recovery and her plans to move forward. Read more from PBS NewsHour.

May 10, 2013: Full transcript

Need to Know Episode 319 Airdate: May 10, 2013 ANNOUNCER [narration]: THIS IS NEED TO KNOW WITH JEFF GREENFIELD…SCOTT SIMON… RAY SUAREZ AND THIS WEEK MARIA HINOJOSA. MARIA HINOJOSA [narration]: ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION…IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOUSANDS OF SHOOTINGS THAT YEAR… BRIEFLY IN THE NATIONAL HEADLINES…THEN LARGELY FORGOTTEN. BUT DECADES LATER, THOSE WHO [...]

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What’s happened under sequestration?

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica | May 7, 2013 We’ve updated our sequestration explainer to reflect new developments. It was originally published on April 11, 2013. When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high [...]

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Update: Family planning in Texas

Texas lawmakers have agreed to set aside their differences — at least for the time being — to make some progress on the question of women’s health, the Texas Tribune reported May 4.