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5:50am

Mon January 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Happy National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 8:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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5:39am

Mon January 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Corporate Naming Rights For Buildings Proposed

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 8:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a chance to get your name in stone. A lawmaker in Washington State proposed a way to make extra money: sell corporate naming rights to public buildings. It already happens with sports venues: the Mariners play at Safeco Field. Now, if this plan were to become law, kids could attend Nintendo Elementary School. Or they could drink from the Budweiser Water Tower. People in trouble with the law would of course make an appearance at the Enron Courthouse.

It's MORNING EDITION.

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5:34am

Mon January 28, 2013
The Two-Way

'Path To Citizenship' Part Of Senators' Bipartisan Immigration Plan

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:03 pm

Air interdiction agent Jake Linde in 2010, on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
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Saying their proposal would "secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system" and create "a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here," eight senators unveiled a "bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform."

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4:00am

Mon January 28, 2013
Hemp

Hemp Gets The Green Light In New Colorado Pot Measure

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 8:13 am

Hemp products for sale in Washington, D.C., in 2010. The U.S. is the world's largest consumer of hemp products, although growing hemp is illegal under federal law. Colorado recently passed a measure that legalizes growing hemp.
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With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado, small-scale pot shops will open up soon in places like Denver and Boulder. But that's not the only business that could get a boost: Large-scale commercial farmers may also be in line to benefit.

Why? When Colorado voters legalized marijuana last November, they also legalized hemp.

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3:54pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Around the Nation

A Doctor's Kindness Gives Homeless Inventor A Second Chance

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 4:34 pm

Mike Williams (left) was homeless and broke in Sacramento, Calif., when he met Dr. Jong Chen. Now the two men are working together to develop a portable housing pod for the homeless.
Courtesy of Mike Williams

In California in the early 1980s, a cracked tooth sent Mike Williams to the dentist's office.

When Williams asked to see the tooth, the dentist said he had a mirror but that there was no camera or anything to show people the insides of their mouths. So, Williams invented one: the first intraoral camera.

His invention was a big success, and it led to other medical technology ventures that made him millions of dollars. Williams' career as an inventor and entrepreneur took off, but it wouldn't last.

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