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12:06 PM EDT Comment

‘Earmark-ish, Earmark-esque’ Provisions Back In Budget

Earmarks, also called pork barrel spending, have been banned from the federal budget since 2010, but something that looks a lot like earmarks is back. We speak with Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

12:15 PM EDT 22 Comments

What Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Could Mean For Minorities

Slate columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom says those against legalization are overlooking something — how keeping pot illegal disproportionately puts more minorities in jail.

12:35 PM EDT 3 Comments

Texas To Impose Tight Rules On Health Law ‘Navigators’

The state insurance department in Texas is preparing new rules to regulate the people who help residents sign up for health insurance, under the Affordable Care Act.

12:40 PM EDT 15 Comments

Will ‘Stand Your Ground’ Be Used In Florida Theater Shooting?

Since a retired police captain shot and killed a man texting in a movie theater, debate has been growing around whether the shooter can be defended under the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

12:50 PM EDT Comment

Dutch Journalists Bring Sochi To America

An exhibit at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum gives visitors a crash course in the place’s history, politics and culture. The show is the work of Dutch journalists Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.

1:05 PM EDT Comment

Cheating Scandal Rocks Air Force Nuclear Missile Force

The U.S. nuclear missile force has removed 34 officers from their jobs after they were accused of texting the answers to a monthly proficiency test.

1:15 PM EDT Comment

War Takes Toll On Afghan Civilians

As the war ends for U.S. and NATO troops, it continues for the civilians in Afghanistan. Last year, was one of the worst years of the war for them. The BBC’s David Loyn looks at Afghans’ hopes for 2014.

1:20 PM EDT Comment

‘American Hustle’ And ‘Gravity’ Lead Oscar Nominations

The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. “American Hustle” and “Gravity” are the top contenders.

1:35 PM EDT 3 Comments

Netflix May Take A Hit With End Of Net Neutrality

The recent appeals court ruling that overturned net neutrality could mean higher costs for Netflix, but may have an upside for the online movie streaming service as well.

1:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

Florida Man In Assisted Living Squanders Lottery Winnings

Malcolm Ramsey, 55, won — and promptly spent — about three-quarters of his $400,000 Florida Lottery prize. The state issued the check despite previously deeming him incapable of managing his finances.

1:50 PM EDT 3 Comments

Dancing Doctor Continues Healing Journey

Dr. Deborah Cohan’s video was viewed by millions and her healing journey continues. Just days ago, she started chemotherapy treatment.

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From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 26 4 Comments

What Happens When Mavericks Gather For Family Reunion

Their family name inspired the English word we know today. We drop in on their unusual family reunion in San Antonio.

June 25 79 Comments

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.

June 24 9 Comments

Houston’s Mayor On Race, Roads And Gay Rights

Jeremy Hobson sits down with Annise Parker, the city's second female mayor and first openly gay mayor.

June 24 Comment

10 Years Later: Hurricane Katrina Evacuees In Houston

Syeda Hasan of Houston Public Media spoke with two New Orleans evacuees about what it took to call Houston home.