Blunt, McCaskill expect quick action on Zika when congressional recess ends next week

Missouri’s U.S. senators, who are at odds on some issues, do seem to share the same prediction when it comes to Zika, the dangerous virus spread by mosquitoes.Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill both say Congress will finally take action within weeks to approve funding to fight the virus, which has gained a foothold in Florida.
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Garden Spiders

August 30 - September 5 Discover nature this week and look for intricately decorated black and yellow garden spiders in gardens and grassy areas near houses. Though many in the United States are squeamish when it comes to spiders, in some parts of the world, people believe that giving a spider as a gift or meeting a spider will bring good fortune, a successful marriage, or fair weather.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, yellow garden spiders are one of the...
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The St. Francis River rose at a rate of twelve inches per hour on August 20, 1915. By six o'clock that evening, the river inundated the town of Greenville, Missouri.
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The Great Greenville Flood

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The California Assembly unanimously passed a measure that requires a prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.

We are running out of ways to treat gonorrhea, the World Health Organization announced today.

The U.N. health agency released new guidelines warning doctors that it no longer recommends an entire class of antibiotics, quinolones, because quinolone-resistant strains of the disease have emerged all over the world.

Instead, the health agency recommends using cephalosporins, another class of antibiotic. The new protocol replaces guidelines that had not been changed since 2003.

Maria Diaz sorts green bell peppers along an outdoor conveyor belt on a farm 25 miles west of Sacramento, discarding leaves and stems quickly before peppers are swept away by a mini-roller coaster onto a tractor-trailer.

Diaz, a single parent of three, is one of roughly 800,000 farmworkers in California. Under a bill recently passed by the California Legislature, Diaz could collect overtime pay.

Diaz says growers should pay overtime after eight hours. She adds that those extra earnings would help her cover child care.

The idea of black capitalism goes back many decades. Civil rights activists Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey advocated African-Americans creating and doing business with their own to build wealth in their community.

This summer, the killings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement rekindled campaigns to #BuyBlack and #BankBlack — but it's a call some supporters find difficult to heed.

As part of the project A Nation Engaged, NPR and member stations are exploring America's role in the world heading into the presidential election.

Everyone knew President Obama would say something about gay rights when he visited Kenya last summer. Many American activists were pressing him to publicly condemn Kenya's colonial-era law making homosexuality a crime.

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Left Of The Dial #191 - Nothing Stops The Dreams

Toronto's Phèdre has a track that's as stomach-churning and dizzying as the carnival rides featured in their latest video. Psychic Twin is the project of Erin Fein, who came up with that name from the feeling she received in the recording studio as she layered different parts of her own voice. She imagined she was singing harmonies with a twin sister. Her debut album is titled Strange Diary and it's set to be released on September 9th. Emil Amos has released music under the name Holy Sons for...
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Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

It has been three years since The Office wrapped, and actor John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert, is still feeling lucky. Landing a role on the NBC comedy series had been an unfathomably big break for the actor, whose previous work had been in a series of commercials and off-Broadway plays."I take stock of the fact every single day that I'm living a lottery-ticket life," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "It's so unbelievably rare to get the opportunity that I did to be on The Office, so...
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As Heard on the TED Radio Hour

Can Slow-Moving Art Disrupt Our Hectic Routines?

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Slowing DownAbout Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's TED TalkEarly in his career, video artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo noticed the way people breeze past works of art. He describes how his deliberate, slow-moving installations encourage people to stop and think.About Gabriel Barcia-ColomboGabriel Barcia-Colombo is a mixed media artist whose work focuses on collections, memorialization and the act of leaving one's digital imprint for the next generation. His work...
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Naturi Naughton & Omari Hardwick: Power Puzzlers

Considering the many dramatic plot twists and turns, you'd think that actors Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton from the Starz show Power would race to the end of the script to make sure their characters make it through the episode alive. Hardwick plays Ghost, a nightclub owner leading a double life as a drug kingpin trying to go straight. Naughton plays his wife, Tasha, who is power hungry in her own right. But now that the show is in its third season, they are not as anxious to read the...
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