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Gas Perks Bring Vacation Spots Closer To Home

Vacations not so far from home are what some travel experts are predicting as gas prices continue rising. Wisconsin Dells, a popular Midwestern vacation spot, historically hasn't lost visitors when gas has gone up, but like some businesses, they're taking no chances. They're offering a gas card to retain customers who generally come from within 300 miles. Wisconsin Public Radio's Shamane Mills reports.

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Sat May 14, 2011
World

With Bombing, U.S.-Pakistan Tensions Reach Deadly Pitch

Distrust between Pakistan and the U.S. keeps rising. On Friday more than 80 people were killed in a suicide attack on a paramilitary training center; the Pakistani Taliban called it revenge for Osama bin Laden's death. Host Scott Simon talks to Moeed Yusuf of the United States Institute of Peace about U.S.-Pakistan relations and the political situation in that country following the killing of bin Laden.

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Sat May 14, 2011
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Louisiana Prepares To Flood In Self-Defense

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that it will open up the Morganza Spillway on Saturday, flooding millions of acres of rich Mississippi farmland. Host Scott Simon gets the latest on the floods plaguing the Mississippi River regions from NPR's Greg Allen in Baton Rouge.

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Sat May 14, 2011
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Ark. City Watches River Waters' Slow Rise

The Mississippi River is expected to crest in Arkansas City, Ark., on Saturday at 53.5 feet, the highest it has reached since 1933. Host Scott Simon speaks with Desha County Judge Mark McElroy about living in the shadow of the river.

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Sat May 14, 2011
NPR Story

Another Flood That Gave Us The 'Broken Levee Blues'

Most people who live along the Mississippi today weren't around to see the great Mississippi Flood of 1927, but it is the flood that they grew up hearing about. Host Scott Simon recounts the story and the Lonnie Johnson song it inspired.

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