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10:45am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

12 Dead In Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast, Authorities Say

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There is so much we do not yet know about the chase for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. We do know that one suspect was killed by police overnight in the Boston area. One is believed to still be at large. We're going to continue covering that story, but we're also trying to get a little more deeply into another story we've been following in this unbelievable week of news.

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10:45am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Terrorism Expert Weighs In On Monday's Bombing In Boston

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There's so much we do not know about the Boston Marathon bombing, but here are some things that we do know. Police have focused on two suspects who were found on video images from the scene of the bombing. They chased those two young men last night, shot it out with them. A police officer is dead. A police officer is wounded in the Boston area. One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is reported killed, a second one still at large, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both of them described as being from Chechnya.

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10:45am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Major Breaks In Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. It has been an astonishing overnight and morning in and around the city of Boston. Some of you may be hearing this after following this story all morning. Some of you, especially in the western United States, might be just waking up.

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8:15am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Boston-Area Residents Told To Shelter In Place

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. And we have special coverage right now of the unfolding events in Boston following the Boston Marathon bombing. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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8:15am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Sound Montage: Remembering A Busy News Week

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Minute by minute throughout this morning we're tracking events out of Boston to understand where we are. Let's also review this week briefly to understand where we have been.

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ED DAVIS: At 2:50 PM there were simultaneous explosions that occurred along the route of the Boston Marathon near the finish line.

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8:15am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Investigators Search For Clues In Texas Plant Explosion

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's turn now, briefly, to West, Texas, the scene of this week's fertilizer plant explosion. Many questions remain unanswered there. In fact, it's still hard to estimate how many people were killed. We do know that regulators had a few concerns with this plant in the past, though it's not clear if anybody questioned the plant's location near homes and a school.

And amid all these questions, the people of West are picking up and taking stock. Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

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5:38am

Fri April 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:27 pm

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
ChinaFotoPress Getty Images

An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

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2:46am

Fri April 19, 2013
Latin America

Post-Chavez Venezuela Grows More, Not Less, Polarized

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:37 am

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protest in the area of Altamira, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Monday.
Mauricio Valenzuela Xinhua/Landov

Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.

But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy was ruled the winner by a razor-thin margin, the country appears more polarized than ever.

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2:46am

Fri April 19, 2013
StoryCorps

Losing A Leg, But Gaining A Sense Of Purpose

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:30 pm

Jack Richmond and his daughter, Reagan, visit StoryCorps in Knoxville, Tenn.
StoryCorps

In 1987, Jack Richmond was driving a forklift at work when the vehicle overturned onto him, crushing his leg below the knee. His daughter, Reagan, was just 2 months old at the time.

"Initially when they told me I would lose my leg, I was in denial and disbelief and kind of like, 'What, why? Can't you fix it?' " Jack tells Reagan in a visit to StoryCorps in Knoxville, Tenn. "But it just couldn't be saved."

"And you had a brand new daughter — me," says Reagan, now 25. "What were you thinking?"

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2:44am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

The Miami-based Cat Network operates a program that traps, neuters and releases feral cats back to their colonies. A bill before the Florida Legislature would offer legal protection to those programs.
Greg Allen NPR

In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.

There, lawmakers are considering a contentious bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies.

An Alternative To Shelters

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2:43am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Changes Help San Diego Homeless, But Long Road Remains Ahead

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 3:05 pm

Wanda Rayborn, 63, was homeless for nine years and was living under a tree in downtown San Diego two years ago. She now lives in a newly renovated efficiency apartment — part of an initiative to help get homeless people off the streets.
Pam Fessler NPR

Two years ago, we reported on an ambitious campaign to end homelessness in downtown San Diego, a city with one of the largest homeless populations in the nation. The effort involved an unprecedented coalition of business leaders, community groups and government agencies.

At the time, some advocates for the homeless — after years of seeing other, failed efforts to get people off city streets — were skeptical that the campaign would amount to much.

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12:22pm

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Search And Rescue Ongoing After Texas Plant Explosion

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

We're learning more about last night's fire in the Texas town of West. The fire started in a fertilizer plant, and a father in a vehicle nearby was taking video of the flames when the plant exploded.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Are you OK?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: You OK?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yeah. I can't hear.

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12:22pm

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Obama Visits Boston Service As Investigation Continues

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. We're listening to a memorial service in Boston for victims of the Boston Marathon.

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BOSTON CHILDREN'S CHORUS: (Singing in foreign language)

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11:50am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Texas Town Staggered By Massive Explosion

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 12:22 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All this morning, we have been following the aftermath of a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas last night. When volunteer firefighters in the city of West, Texas - that's about 20 miles north of Waco - first arrived to battle a fire at the plant, they encountered a disaster in the making.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're told this fire was burning at the site of a couple of storage tanks, each of which had the capacity to carry 12,000 gallons of ammonia.

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10:27am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Eyewitnesses To Texas Explosion Describe The Scene

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 12:22 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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