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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:37:10 -0500
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Religious Leaders In Cuba Outspoken And Critical Of Proposed ConstitutionCubans vote this weekend on a new constitution that enshrines the Communist party as the "supreme guiding political force." Religious leaders are critical of new limits on pluralistic thought.Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:37:10 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697256711/religious-leaders-in-cuba-outspoken-and-critical-of-proposed-constitution?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697256711/religious-leaders-in-cuba-outspoken-and-critical-of-proposed-constitution?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/22/ap_19032108813311_wide-5985c380b14e6c982d8b0ea6c30bd748078f0460.jpg?s=600' alt='Evangelicals pray during a church service in Havana, Cuba. Religious groups on the island have come out in opposition to a new constitution which will be voted on on Sunday.'/><p>Cubans vote this weekend on a new constitution that enshrines the Communist party as the "supreme guiding political force." Religious leaders are critical of new limits on pluralistic thought.</p><p>(Image credit: Ramon Espinosa/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697256711' />Tom Gjelten
Trump Administration Moves To Overhaul Family Planning ProgramThe Trump administration has issued a new rule that dramatically changes the nation's federal family planning program, Title X, including barring abortion providers from receiving the funds.Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:16:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297600/trump-administration-moves-to-overhaul-family-planning-program?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297600/trump-administration-moves-to-overhaul-family-planning-program?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>The Trump administration has issued a new rule that dramatically changes the nation's federal family planning program, Title X, including barring abortion providers from receiving the funds.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697297600' />Sarah McCammon
Reporter Jim DeRogatis On R. Kelly ChargesJim DeRogatis has been doing tough reporting on R. Kelly for almost 20 years. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the singer's arrest.Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:16:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297593/reporter-jim-derogatis-on-r-kelly-charges?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297593/reporter-jim-derogatis-on-r-kelly-charges?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Jim DeRogatis has been doing tough reporting on R. Kelly for almost 20 years. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the singer's arrest.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697297593' />
The Poets Of Fishing Gather In OregonThis weekend fishermen and fishing women gather in Astoria, Ore., to read poetry. Their work explores the modern problems of the fishing life, including climate change and women's safety.Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:16:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297579/the-poets-of-fishing-gather-in-oregon?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297579/the-poets-of-fishing-gather-in-oregon?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>This weekend fishermen and fishing women gather in Astoria, Ore., to read poetry. Their work explores the modern problems of the fishing life, including climate change and women's safety.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697297579' />Melanie Sevcenko
Cities Laredo And Nuevo Laredo Maintain Close Relationship Despite Border SeparationLaredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, celebrate their annual "Abrazo Bridge Ceremony" on Saturday. It has special resonance in an era of heightened anti-immigrant and border security rhetoric.Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:16:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297565/cities-laredo-and-nuevo-laredo-maintain-close-relationship-despite-border-separa?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697297565/cities-laredo-and-nuevo-laredo-maintain-close-relationship-despite-border-separa?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, celebrate their annual "Abrazo Bridge Ceremony" on Saturday. It has special resonance in an era of heightened anti-immigrant and border security rhetoric.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697297565' />Lorena Rios
United Methodist Church To Debate LGBTQ Clergy And Same-Sex WeddingsUnited Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant denominations to address the issue, and some worry it could cause a major rift in the church.Sat, 23 Feb 2019 07:56:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697122604/united-methodist-church-to-debate-lgbtq-clergy-and-same-sex-weddings?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697122604/united-methodist-church-to-debate-lgbtq-clergy-and-same-sex-weddings?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/22/1_lgbtq_methodist_wide-4e0db364bbf7420007110441a5a820258c674648.jpg?s=600' alt='Daron Smith, left, and his husband, Chris Finley, right, worship at a Sunday morning service at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Smith, a lifelong United Methodist, said he feels hopeful ahead of a vote on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings in the church.'/><p>United Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant denominations to address the issue, and some worry it could cause a major rift in the church.</p><p>(Image credit: Shahla Farzan/St. Louis Public Radio)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697122604' />Shahla Farzan
Oakland Teachers Strike, And West Virginia Teachers Say Trust Issues Persist Also in this week's roundup, an investigation into a reform school's "hidden history of abuse."Sat, 23 Feb 2019 07:00:20 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/696573901/oakland-teachers-strike-and-west-virginia-teachers-say-trust-issues-persist?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/696573901/oakland-teachers-strike-and-west-virginia-teachers-say-trust-issues-persist?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/22/gettyimages-1131234069_wide-d5a47423b947a844fbb0941acd4850c1051f32e2.jpg?s=600' alt='Oakland teachers and parents carry signs as they march to the Oakland Unified School District headquarters this week. Nearly 3,000 teachers in Oakland have gone on strike and are demanding a 12 percent retroactive raise.'/><p>Also in this week's roundup, an investigation into a reform school's "hidden history of abuse."</p><p>(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=696573901' />Jessica Yarmosky
California Couple, Parents Of 13, Plead Guilty To Abuse, Torture, Imprisonment David and Louise Turpin face 25 years to life behind bars in an abuse case the DA said was "among the worst ... ever seen." It included charges of starving and shackling children to furniture.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:30:46 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697103949/california-couple-parents-of-13-plead-guilty-to-abuse-torture-imprisonment?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697103949/california-couple-parents-of-13-plead-guilty-to-abuse-torture-imprisonment?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/22/ap_19053646354820_wide-01edd9e025f68d645f66ed4d460b3ad4290c9de0.jpg?s=600' alt='David Turpin (second from right) and his wife, Louise (far left), joined by their attorneys, pleaded guilty in a Riverside, Calif., courtroom, Friday to 14 counts, including torture, after some of their 13 children were found shackled to beds.'/><p>David and Louise Turpin face 25 years to life behind bars in an abuse case the DA said was "among the worst ... ever seen." It included charges of starving and shackling children to furniture.</p><p>(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697103949' />Amy Held
Amid Blackface Scandals, Virginia Black Caucus Talks About Racist PoliciesWith blackface scandals dominating Virginia politics — the legislative black caucus is trying to use the moment to have difficult conversations about race.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:49:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152936/amid-blackface-scandals-virginia-black-caucus-talks-about-racist-policies?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152936/amid-blackface-scandals-virginia-black-caucus-talks-about-racist-policies?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>With blackface scandals dominating Virginia politics — the legislative black caucus is trying to use the moment to have difficult conversations about race.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152936' />Ben Paviour
Judge Rules That Prosecutors In Jeffrey Epstein Sexual Abuse Case Broke The LawA judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors broke the law by concealing a plea agreement from Epstein's underage victims. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the <em>Miami Herald's</em> Julie Brown about the case.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:49:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152922/judge-rules-that-prosecutors-in-jeffrey-epstein-sexual-abuse-case-broke-the-law?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152922/judge-rules-that-prosecutors-in-jeffrey-epstein-sexual-abuse-case-broke-the-law?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>A judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors broke the law by concealing a plea agreement from Epstein's underage victims. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the <em>Miami Herald's</em> Julie Brown about the case.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152922' />
Rare Snow Falls In Los Angeles To The Delight Of Many ResidentsSnow fell in Los Angeles this week, causing chaos, confusion and some fun.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:25:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152915/rare-snow-falls-in-los-angeles-to-the-delight-of-many-residents?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152915/rare-snow-falls-in-los-angeles-to-the-delight-of-many-residents?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Snow fell in Los Angeles this week, causing chaos, confusion and some fun.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152915' />
VA Releases Rules For Law That Would Increase Access To Private CareThe Department of Veterans Affairs released rules for a law that changes how the VA pays for outside, private care. Critics say the move is a stealth effort to privatize the VA.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:25:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152898/va-releases-rules-for-law-that-would-increase-access-to-private-care?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152898/va-releases-rules-for-law-that-would-increase-access-to-private-care?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>The Department of Veterans Affairs released rules for a law that changes how the VA pays for outside, private care. Critics say the move is a stealth effort to privatize the VA.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152898' />Quil Lawrence
16 States File Lawsuit Against Trump's National Emergency DeclarationA U.S. District judge in Oakland, Calif., will hear a lawsuit filed this week by 16 Democratic attorneys general against the Trump administration's national emergency declaration.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:25:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152891/16-states-file-lawsuit-against-trumps-national-emergency-declaration?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152891/16-states-file-lawsuit-against-trumps-national-emergency-declaration?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>A U.S. District judge in Oakland, Calif., will hear a lawsuit filed this week by 16 Democratic attorneys general against the Trump administration's national emergency declaration.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152891' />Lily Jamali
A Look At Why Victims Of Hate Crimes Often Aren't BelievedAn effort to believe victims of hate crimes rose as a counter to a long history of disbelief. Actor Jussie Smollett appears to have taken advantage of the "impulse to believe" for personal benefit.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:25:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152884/a-look-at-why-victims-of-hate-crimes-often-arent-believed?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152884/a-look-at-why-victims-of-hate-crimes-often-arent-believed?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>An effort to believe victims of hate crimes rose as a counter to a long history of disbelief. Actor Jussie Smollett appears to have taken advantage of the "impulse to believe" for personal benefit.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152884' />Gene Demby
National Association Of Manufacturers Proposes Compromise On ImmigrationNPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, about his organization's proposal for immigration reform and his recent trip to the border.Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:25:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152877/national-association-of-manufacturers-proposes-compromise-on-immigration?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2019/02/22/697152877/national-association-of-manufacturers-proposes-compromise-on-immigration?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, about his organization's proposal for immigration reform and his recent trip to the border.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=697152877' />