State News
7:01 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Judge denies request to keep Derrick Smith's comments out of his trial

Indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith
Credit AP

If Illinois Representative Derrick Smith’s corruption case goes to trial, he’s going to have a tough time explaining his comments to FBI agents on the morning of his arrest.

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State News
6:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Home sales down in Illinois

A year ago at this time, Illinois home sales were surging. And even though they’re down this year, one housing analyst says they’re still showing long-term improvement.

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State News
6:46 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Democrats still don't have the votes to approve tax hike and minimum wage proposals

Two major Democratic initiatives are still short the votes needed to pass, as the General Assembly heads into the final stretch of its spring session. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

How to deal with Illinois' income tax rate is arguably the biggest issue looming over Illinois politics. The 5-percent rate is set to rollback in January, but Gov. Pat Quinn wants the higher rate extended permanently, an approach favored by the Democratic leaders of the legislature.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Thu April 24, 2014

No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:14 am

A large piece of metal found earlier this week on the coast of western Australia, which investigators had called an "object of interest" in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people who were on board, is apparently not connected to the missing jet.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reports that "after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometers east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search."

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State News
6:26 am
Thu April 24, 2014

ISU president pleads not guilty

Former ISU President Tim Flanagan will be back in court to face disorderly conduct charges in late May. Flanagan's Attorney Stephanie Wong represented him Wednesday as Flanagan and his wife sat expressionless at the rear of a third floor McLean County Courtroom.

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Around the Nation
6:03 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Colleges Move To Ban Selfie Taking At Graduation Ceremonies

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Europe
5:57 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Amsterdam Mayor May Ban Pot In Red Light District, Court Says

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Amsterdam is not quite the wide-open city you thought it was. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and nobody prosecutes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It's sold openly in shops. The mayor, though, wants to prevent you from doing those two things together. A court has upheld his effort to ban marijuana cafes within the Red Light District. So, it does not matter what you do in Amsterdam, but it does matter where you do it.

The Two-Way
5:49 am
Thu April 24, 2014

3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

An Afghan police officer kept watch Thursday at the gate of the Cure hospital in Kabul. Earlier, authorities say, a security guard at the hospital opened fire — killing three American citizens.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:25 pm

Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.

One of those killed was an experienced pediatrician from Chicago who had been working at the hospital for seven years, according to media reports. The other two killed were a father and son whose names and ages had not yet been released.

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NPR Story
4:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

With SuperShoes, Insoles Can Be Your Guide

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: SuperShoes.

This new high-tech offering is not exactly footwear. SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And inside those insoles are vibrotactile ticklers that are linked to your mobile device. You enter a destination and apparently these ticklers will guide your way, with a tickle to the left or a tickle to the right.

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NPR Story
4:04 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, we know mom and pop shops have been struggling for some time now, trying to compete against big-box stores and online retailers. Just in the last quarter, online sales jumped by 16 percent. But all is not lost for the shop around the corner. Some small retailers are actually embracing their size by making their businesses very, very specialized.

Here's NPR's Sonari Glinton.

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