5:26pm

Tue July 16, 2013
WVAS Local

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District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced Tuesday that reward money is now available for anyone who can provide information to solve four homicides in Montgomery.  Dunio Escoto, Domingo Mendez, Pablo Bartolon and Des'wan Gregory all died in 2011 as a result of gunshot wounds.  Brooks believes the cases are unrelated but urges the community to take a stand.  Anyone with information on any of these murders are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000. 

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5:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Education

The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

The latest study says kids learn better in charter schools than in public schools. But even charter school supporters question the study and its methods of research.
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Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.

But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools?

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5:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Politics

Senate Democrats Back Off 'Nuclear Option' To End Filibusters

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The Senate went to the brink of the so-called nuclear option but then, today, dialed it back. Senators struck a last minute deal in their fight over President Obama's nominations. Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid had threatened a rules change. It would've stripped the Republican minority of their ability to filibuster executive branch nominations. The deal reached this morning diffuses that threat, at least for now.

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5:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Business

'Living Wage' Laws Create Both Winners And Losers

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

To learn more about these living wage bills throughout the country, we're joined by David Neumark. For years, he studied the effects of living wage laws, and he directs the Center for Economics and Public Policy at the University of California at Irvine. Welcome to the program.

DAVID NEUMARK: Thanks for having me.

CORNISH: So, first, some context. How does the living wage differ from what we're all more familiar with, the minimum wage?

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4:53pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

LISTEN: 'Light Warlpiri,' The New Language In Australia

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

A screen image from a video that professor Carmel O'Shannessy has created. In it, a girl tells a story in "Light Warlpiri," the language O'Shannessy reports she discovered in Australia.
Carmel O'Shannessy
  • From 'All Things Considered': Carmel O'Shannessy tells Audie Cornish about the origin of 'Light Warlpiri.'

We've all read stories about languages that are dying.

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4:53pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Pretty servers hold private health data at Cerner.
Courtesy of Cerner Corp.

This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data.

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4:53pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Author Interviews

A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Before Alaska, the Pilgrim family — seen here in 1992 — lived an isolated life in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Courtesy of Kurina Rose Hale

In early 2002, a pair of battered old trucks drove through deep snow into a tiny Alaska ghost town carrying a large family that looked to be from another century.

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4:53pm

Tue July 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Unlikely Allies Shake Up Military Sex Assault Debate

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 5:29 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, at a news conference Tuesday with Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas (right) and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul and Cruz have endorsed Gillibrand's bill regarding sexual assault in the military.
Charles Dharapak AP

On most recent days, nothing that wasn't bitterly partisan has seemed possible in the nation's capital.

On Tuesday, the city got its exception.

Republican Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas stood with liberal Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, endorsing her bill that would dramatically change how military sexual assault cases are reported and prosecuted.

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4:53pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Science

Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 10:00 pm

Scientists could use recordings of wildlife to monitor the movements of invasive species like the European starling.
Liz Leyden iStockphoto.com

Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.

Aide says, "We would like to have five, 10, 20 years of data of how populations are changing."

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4:53pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Business

D.C. Wage Rift Puts Spotlight On Wal-Mart's Urban Push

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

The scene in a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Va. Cities are a key growth area for retailers since suburbs are already saturated with big-box stores.
AP

Wal-Mart's long-standing plans to come to Washington, D.C., are now up in the air. The City Council passed a living wage law that would require the world's largest retailer to pay $12.50 an hour, more than the city's current $8.25 minimum wage.

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