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On Friday’s NewsHour…

JOBS AND JOBLESS BENEFITS | May’s jobs report showed a mixed picture of the economic recovery with unemployment falling to its lowest level in nearly a year, but with weak hiring in the private sector. Jeffrey Brown talks with economics professor Catherine Mann of Brandeis University about the latest figures. Then, he is joined by William Beach of the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation and Christine Owens, of the National Employment Law Project for a debate about extending jobless benefits.

ALABAMA’S OILED BEACHES AND BUSINESSES | As the remnants of Hurricane Alex dissipated over Mexico, a bigger influx of crude from the churning waves washed on to beaches and marshes in the Gulf. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports from Alabama, where the once-pristine beaches and businesses now sit nearly empty.

MEXICO DRUG VIOLENCE | As drug gang violence continues to grip Mexico, Ray Suarez talks with reporter Tracy Wilkinson of the Los Angeles Times about what has fueled the thousands of killings in the last year and about the recent slaying of a gubernatorial candidate.

POLITICAL WRAP: SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks sort through the top political stories of the week.

SEN. BYRD REMEMBERED | President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton were among the attendees at Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s funeral service, held in Charleston, W.Va.

Friday’s anchors are Judy Woodruff and Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including more from columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks, Ray Suarez’s behind-the-scenes blog about his visit to BP headquarters in Houston and Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with portrait artist Chuck Close.

Plus, find out how people who were denied health insurance for preexisting conditions can now apply for coverage in some states.

We hope you join us.

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