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6:03am

Fri July 11, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:12 am

Weingarten says people need to talk more about how to "attract, retain, support and nurture great teaching for kids at risk."
Shannon DeCelle AP

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is holding its annual convention in Los Angeles through this weekend. For the AFT's more than 3,500 national delegates descending on LA, there is a lot on their plate and big challenges ahead for the nation's second-largest teachers union: the Common Core, tenure and fierce debate about testing, to name a few.

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5:53am

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries

And Tango Makes Three, co-written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:00am

Fri July 11, 2014
Music

The New Sound Of Young Nashville: 3 Country Artists To Watch

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:20 am

Steelism is the duo of Jeremy Fetzer (left) and Spencer Cullum. Their debut full-length, 615 to Fame, will be out in September 2014.
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1:32am

Fri July 11, 2014
StoryCorps

For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:13 am

Kai Leigh Harriott (center) with her sister Aja David (left) and their mother, Tonya David. Aja just graduated from college and Kai is headed to high school. The man who shot Kai is serving a 13- to 15-year sentence.
StoryCorps

Kai Leigh Harriott, 14, is paralyzed from the chest down, the result of a stray bullet that hit her when she was 3. She was sitting outside on her porch in Boston with her older sister, Aja David, who was baby-sitting her at the time.

It was around the Fourth of July, when the sound of fireworks is common. "All of a sudden that was the sound, although it was different. It was a gunshot," says Aja, now 25, on a visit to StoryCorps. "Someone was shooting. Not at us, but in our direction. I just was thinking about my little sister."

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1:31am

Fri July 11, 2014
Planet Money

When Ikea Raises Its Minimum Wage, Where Does The Money Come From?

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 1:04 pm

Flickr user: dahlstroms

Ikea, a company famous for keeping its costs down, recently announced that it would raise the average minimum wage for its retail workers to $10.76 an hour. Why would the company volunteer to pay its workers more?

"By taking better care of our coworkers," says Rob Olson, the acting president of Ikea U.S., "they will take better care of our customers, who will take better care of Ikea. We see it as a win-win-win opportunity."

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