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One of the most respected news magazines in the world, Morning Edition airs Monday through Friday on more than 660 NPR stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR's international services.

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Produced by NPR in Washington, D.C., Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based in 17 countries around the world, and producers and reporters in 17 locations in the U.S. Their reporting is supplemented by NPR member station reporters across the country and a strong corps of independent producers and reporters in the public radio system.

Since its debut in 1979, Morning Edition has garnered broadcasting's highest honors — including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

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Parallels
3:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Are Buddhist Monks Involved In Myanmar's Violence?

Some Muslims say Buddhist monks have been inciting followers during recent violence in Myanmar. Monk U Wirathu acknowledges that he is a Buddhist nationalist but says he has tried to prevent fighting. He's shown here at the Masoeyein monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar, on March 27.
Gemunu Amarasinghe AP

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:05 pm

In the Western stereotype, Buddhists are meditating pacifists who strive to keep their distance from worldly passions. But last month, more than 40 people were killed in fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in the central Burmese town of Meiktila. Witnesses say some Buddhist monks joined in the violence, while others tried to stop it.

One prominent monk in particular has been blamed for being behind it.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.
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Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:55 am

Shape-note singing is a communal form of music that began in New England 200 years ago, mostly from townsfolk without any musical training. It's music that surrounded folk singer Sam Amidon during his childhood in Vermont.

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Hudson Valley News
8:51 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Schumer Wants To Keep College Interest Loans Down

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WASHINGTON – If nothing is done by the beginning of July, the college federal student loan rate will double and US Senator Charles Schumer has joined the battle to keep it at its current level.

The Senator said on Wednesday he is in support of the effort to retain the current rate.

“To let the loan rate to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent would cost the average student about $3,798 more over their retainment term,”  said Schumer.  “That’s not chump change; that’s mortgage payments, car payments, and let’s not forget that students have lots of other debt.”

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Hudson Valley News
8:36 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Regional Economic Development Council Plans

ALBANY – Business leaders in the Hudson Valley, members of the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council, Wednesday mapped out their plans for the third year of program.

Co-chairman Dennis Murray, president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, said the council plans on capitalizing on the successes of the first two years of the grant program to promote business, economic development growth and jobs.

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Hudson Valley News
8:25 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Lawmakers Propose Farm Thruway Toll Tax Credit

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ALBANY – Legislation proposed by Senator Terry Gipson (D- Rhinebeck) and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D- Hudson) would provide Thruway toll tax credits to farmers who use their vehicles to transport their products.

The measure would allow farmers to claim a tax credit equaling 75 percent of Thruway tolls paid for the transport of goods and services during one tax year. The credit would be applicable for travel for the purpose of selling within 150 miles of a taxpayer’s farm, roughly the distance between New York City and Albany, said Barrett.

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Sports
7:05 am
Thu May 16, 2013

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

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In major league baseball, checking the American League, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and the Red Sox beat the Rays 9-2. Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, allowing two runs in seven innings to help end the Rays' season-best six-game winning streak. Elsewhere, Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam and two-run homer at Yankee Stadium to help Seattle rout New York 12-2. Houston defeated Detroit 7-5. The White Sox won against Minnesota 9-4. Texas beat Oakland 6-2 and Kansas City passed the Angels 9-5.

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Around the Nation
6:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

New York Cat Is Finally Reunited With Owner

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Here's a classic cat-rescued-from-the-tree story - I mean, sort of. Luna is a black-and-white feline who wandered off from his owner in Queens and ended up stuck in a tree. A New York City police officer who came to the rescue got stuck in the tree, too. Cat and man were rescued by the fire department.

weather
6:45 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Forecast

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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Paul Caiano gives the WAMC Morning Edition Forecast.

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World
6:44 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Some Leaders In Saudi Arabia Condemn Twitter

Religious authorities responded after Saudis used Twitter to show images of human rights activists on trial. The BBC reports the kingdom's most senior cleric called Twitter users "fools." The head of the religious police says any social media user will lose the afterlife.

WAMC News
6:39 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Sheehan Clinches Democratic Mayoral Endorsement

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The race to replace Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings is stirring controversy in the city of Albany, New York. At a meeting Wednesday night, the Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed current City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan for mayor.

Sheehan said that she was honored to be the party’s nominee and thanked the committee and the community for their support.

However, Sheehan’s endorsement was not met with unanimous approval and prompted some verbal sparring at the meeting.

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