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  Interview: Pam Belluck

How have cuts to family planning budgets impacted other states? Need to Know anchor Scott Simon sits down with New York Times Health and Science writer Pam Belluck to determine whether the kinds of austere measures taken in Texas are happening in other parts of the country, including the Northeast. “Texas is experiencing by far [...]

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  Texas takes on family planning

Historically in Texas, legislators saw family planning programs as a fiscally responsible solution to growing state costs stemming from unplanned pregnancies. But by the state’s last legislative session, conservative thinking in the Lone Star State had shifted.

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  Farewell to “In the Life”

The groundbreaking newsmagazine “In the Life” ends its 20-year broadcast run this month. Watch the final episode above. It’s an illuminating look at the show’s coverage of major issues — and at how much has changed in 20 years. You can still view “In the Life’s” archive online. Find out what In the Life Media [...]

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  Need to Know: Dec. 7, 2012: The family planning fight

The Texas legislature has slashed funding to family planning programs by nearly two-thirds.

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Oral history instructions: Veterans Project of the National Archives

There are over 20 million veterans in American today, but with over 1,100 war veterans dying each day, there is an urgent need to collect their personal accounts of their war time experiences while they are still among us.

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  Swing state Florida has toughest ex-felon voting rules in the nation

Under Gov. Rick Scott’s directive, residents convicted of a felony must wait five to seven years after their release before they can begin the process of reinstating their civil rights, which can only be restored through executive clemency: approval from the Governor himself.

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Web extra: Virginia’s special swing

Professor Dan Palazzolo on why Virginia is a battleground state unlike any other.

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  Think outside the cell

September 12, 2012, by VII Photographers The United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world. For the first time US history, more than one in 100 American adults are in prison. China is second, with 1.5 million people behind bars. Support systems for persons leaving prison are stressed because of the [...]

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Bigger hurdles, than dismal job growth for unemployed

One study that sampled online job posts found more than 150 “unemployed-need-not-apply” job ads across a wide range of industries, in what may be only the tip of the iceberg.