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NPR Story
2:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Frustration Mounts Over Fracking Royalties

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, has made Pennsylvania one of the most productive natural gas producers on the planet.

But how much gas is coming out of the shale and how much money is being made? The state doesn’t keep track of it.

Some residents who have leased their land for drilling are filing lawsuits, arguing they’re not being paid fairly.

Marie Cusick of WITF in Harrisburg, Penn., reports.

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2:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Police: Pa. Student Flashed 2 Knifes, Injured 20

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

A police chief says a 16-year-old boy “was flashing two knives around” when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the bloody crime scene left behind Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School is “vast” and may take a couple of days to process.

Police haven’t named the suspect who was taken into custody but says he’s being treated for a minor hand wound.

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NPR Story
2:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:31 am

Jake Shimabukuro started playing ukulele at the age of 4 and soon fell in love with the instrument. As he tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson, ”My parents would have to take the ukulele away from me so that I would do things like my homework, eat dinner, or take a shower, you know I just loved it so much, every moment that I had free I wanted to strum the ukulele.”

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NPR Story
2:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Heartbleed' Security Flaw Exposes Millions Of Passwords

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

Experts have discovered a major flaw in the security software used by millions of websites. “Heartbleed,” as the vulnerability has been dubbed, is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a software that operates about two-thirds of all web servers.

OpenSSL is behind many sites that collect personal or financial information such as passwords, credit card info and emails. Although researchers discovered the coding error last week, the problem has been present for more than two years.

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NPR Story
2:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Is Online Skimming Hurting Reading Comprehension?

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

With digital devices, we are constantly consuming information, from short tweets and text messages to online articles and blog posts. We jump around, skimming and scanning.

Could this habit many of us have developed be ruining the way that our brains process information?

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says

A pro-Russia protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:38 pm

Tensions that wouldn't seem capable of rising even further are threatening to do just that with the news that Ukrainian authorities say they're ready to use force if necessary to remove pro-Russia protesters from government buildings they're occupying in eastern Ukraine.

From The Wall Street Journal:

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Television
2:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Edie Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie starts Sunday on Showtime.
Ken Regan Showtime

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:03 pm

This interview discusses the plotline of Nurse Jackie through the end of season five and beginning of season six.

In Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco plays an ER nurse who does a lot of self-medicating. Addicted to pills, she finally got sober last season and started going to 12-step meetings. But she saved one pill, and right before going to the party celebrating one year of sobriety, she took it. In the sixth season, which starts Sunday on Showtime, Jackie is back on pills and back to hiding her addiction.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Detroit Reaches Bankruptcy Deal With Some Bondholders

The city of Detroit has reached a deal with some bondholders that allows them to keep 74 percent of the $388 million they are owed, the city announced Wednesday.

As the Detroit Free Press explains it, these unlimited-tax general obligation bondholders are the ones with the strongest legal position in this matter, so this is important because it resolves one of the thorniest issues in the city's record bankruptcy.

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NPR Story
1:19 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kansas City Police Link Some Of 13 Highway Shootings

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

Authorities in Kansas City, Missouri, continue to seek information about 13 recent shootings on highways and roadways. The shootings started March 8th and occurred just before highway exit ramps or road splits.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are helping in the investigation. Meanwhile, residents of the region are on edge.

Donna McGuire of the Kansas City Star joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with the latest.

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NPR Story
1:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Lemurs Leap Onto The Big Screen In New Documentary

A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. (Warner Bros./IMAX)

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. The tree-dwelling primates are one of our closest ancestors and only live in Madagascar.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” shows us the lives of lemurs and those who research them. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with two of the people behind the film, screenwriter Drew Fellman and primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright.

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