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12:47am

Mon May 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Never-Married Parents Get Help From Special Court

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:50 am

Joseph Arradondo assists his son Nasir, 2, on the sidelines of his daughter's soccer game in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Arradondo attended Co-Parent Court about a year ago and says the court helped with communication between him and Nasir's mother.
Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

Across the U.S., 40 percent of children are now born to unmarried parents. This demographic shift, primarily among younger, low-income parents, can pose a challenge to a child support system designed chiefly to extract money from paychecks.

A court in Minneapolis is now trying a new approach, one that's about more than just the money as it attempts to keep both parents involved in the lives of their kids.

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5:27am

Sun May 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Black Christians Struggle Over N.C. Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

Winslow Sherrill has two daughters who are lesbian. While he loves them and gets along with their partners, he's going to vote in favor of banning gay marriage in North Carolina.
John Biewen for NPR

North Carolina's African-American voters could be crucial in Tuesday's vote over the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Blacks make up a little more than 20 percent of the state's population, and some polls show they strongly favor a ban.

While activists on both sides make phone calls and put up yard signs, many African-Americans are struggling with the issue inside their churches and homes.

A Pastor's Perspective

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5:27am

Sun May 6, 2012

5:27am

Sun May 6, 2012
NPR Story

Sacrilegious Lunch?: The Cuban Sandwich Debate

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Philadelphia has its cheesesteak sandwich, Buffalo its wing. Now, Tampa has officially claimed the Cuban sandwich. The Tampa, Florida city council last month passed a resolution designating the Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich and specifying its ingredients. From member station WUSF in Tampa, Bobby O'Brien found that claim has drawn ridicule from Miami's Cuban community.

(SOUNDBITE OF CUTTING AND PAPER UNWRAPPING)

BOBBY O'BRIEN, BYLINE: An authentic Tampa Cuban starts with the bread.

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4:07am

Sun May 6, 2012
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Friends And Foes Of Gay Marriage Woo Voters In N.C.

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

Jennifer Cockrham, a nurse from Walkertown, N.C., holds her hand over her heart for the Pledge of Allegiance during a rally supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage Friday in Raleigh.
Allen Breed AP

In North Carolina, voters will decide on Tuesday whether to add an amendment to the state's constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, as well as domestic partnerships.

State law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but this measure would have broader consequences. Throughout the state, advocacy groups are stepping up their efforts to woo voters.

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