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For nearly three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports. With nearly 14 million listeners, Morning Edition draws public radio's largest audience.

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.

Its cast of regulars includes some of the most familiar voices on radio: correspondent Susan Stamberg; commentator Frank Deford; news analysts Cokie Roberts and Juan Williams; and newscasters Jean Cochran and Carl Kasell.

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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Planet Money
12:53 am
Wed April 3, 2013

H1-B Visas Applications As An Economic Indicator

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 8:19 am

The demand from American companies for high-skilled immigrants seems to be up this year. And that could mean something is about to change for the overall economy.

There is a cap on the number of visas the government gives out for these kind of workers every year. Lately, that cap has been 85,000. Demand always outstrips supply, but for the past couple of years, it has taken at least a few months to hit the quota. But this year, the H-1B visas might be gone by the end of the week.

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Sports
10:03 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Baseball Isn't Dead; It Just Takes More Work To Appreciate

Some say baseball is too slow and doesn't appeal to young people. Not Frank Deford.
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Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 8:19 am

It being the start of baseball season, that means we've been inundated by predictions — who'll win the divisions and the pennants and the World Series? We know two things on this subject. In every sport, at the start of the season, the experts are bound and determined to make these long-range predictions. And second, they are invariably wrong.

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Hudson Valley News
8:03 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Another municipality outlaws disposable plastic bags

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MAMARONECK – Effective Monday, disposable plastic bags will not be available at check-out counters in the Village of Mamaroneck. That municipality joins the City of Rye and Larchmont, all in Westchester County, in banning those bags.  The Towns of Mamaroneck and the Village of Tuckahoe are next to consider outlawing them.

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment lauds the efforts, said Jordan Christensen, the Hudson Valley program coordinator for the organization, who said Long Island communities are also enacting similar legislation.

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Sports
7:39 am
Tue April 2, 2013

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

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In the American League, Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox got off to a quick start after a dreadful 2012 season, winning 8-2 over the New York Yankees yesterday. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez says he's committed to returning from hip surgery.

Elsewhere, Detroit doubled up Minnesota 4-2. The White Sox shut out Kansas City 1-0 and Seattle beat Oakland 2-0.

In the National League, Collin Cowgill capped a successful New York debut with a grand slam and the Mets crushed San Diego 11-2.

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Hudson Valley News
7:20 am
Tue April 2, 2013

North Rockland girl dies from bacterial meningitis

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POMONA – The Rockland County Department of Health announced on Monday an investigation into the death from Meningitis of a 12-year-old Rockland girl who attended St. Gregory’s School. Officials explained preventative measures and means to reach out to those who might have been exposed.

“I want to stress that we are responding, and we are responding quickly and appropriately,” Rockland Commissioner of Health Kathy Henry said.

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Around the Nation
7:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Surprise Party Kidnapping Lands Friends In Hot Water

Friends of a New York man planned a surprise party, but he found out. To surprise him, they threw a pillowcase over his head, threw him in a van and drove him to the party in Pennsylvania. Witnesses to the fake abduction called police, who mounted a massive search.

Around the Nation
6:58 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Mets Opening Day Special For Fan, Usher

In 1964, Robert Ostertag attended his first of 50 straight New York Mets home openers. That same day, Luke Gasparre began his job as an usher. The New York Times captured quite a moment Monday: Gasparre showed Ostertag to his seat in section 310.

weather
6:49 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Gough's Forecast

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Newchannel 13's Meteorologist Jason Gough gives the WAMC Morning edition forecast.

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New England News
5:40 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan

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Connecticut lawmakers say they hope their announcement of proposals to curb gun violence sends a message to Congress and other state legislators that bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible. 

Legislative leaders yesterday revealed proposals spurred by the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting following weeks of bipartisan, closed-door negotiations. A vote is expected Wednesday in the General Assembly, where passage is all but assured.

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NPR Story
5:14 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Budgets Cuts Force Some Air Traffic Control Towers To Close

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:31 am

David Greene talks to Yvette Aehle, director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, about her plans to shut down the airport's air traffic control tower. Because of sequestration, the FAA will no longer pay for air traffic controllers at 144 smaller airports.

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