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  1. Fracking may not deserve the blame for high water prices

    “The Ripple Effect” examines whether the oil and gas boom is driving up the price of water. Some residents worry that the industry’s deep pockets will price farmers out of business. But, the truth is far more complicated.
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  2. Jennifer Koh’s video diary: How things really are for a concert violinist

    Life as a globe-trotting musician is sometimes exciting, occasionally glamorous and usually incredibly demanding.
    Classical · Story
  3. Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

    In recent years, Cuba's communist government has allowed the creation of small private businesses. An estimate 1 million Cubans have taken the plunge, making progress in fits and starts along the way.
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  4. What did a new homeowner find in her Five Points house?

    After buying a place where she could permanently house her childhood piano, Denver resident Emily Southard discovered the home came with a storied musical past.
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  5. New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

    Teen courts and restorative justice are focused on cutting off the "school-to-prison pipeline."
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  6. New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.
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  7. Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

    Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals — those with the worst records for infections and injuries — will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.
    News · NPR Story
  8. What's Next For Iraq?

    Until the past few days, no one was talking about renewed U.S. military action in Iraq. Here's a look at the ways the latest crisis could play out.
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  9. Colorado proposes health insurance shift to reduce rates in mountain towns

    New plan would eliminate a mountainous zone dubbed the "Resort" region and four mountain counties would join other rural areas in western Colorado.
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  10. Citing Unpaid Debts, Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Ukraine

    Russia says it has cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kiev missed a deadline to pay part of its huge outstanding energy debt.
    News · NPR Story