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  • Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage
    One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.
  • Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour
    Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year — the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.
  • Is It Still College Without Football?
    Temple University in Pennsylvania and the New College of Florida are keeping costs low by cutting amenities and some varsity sports. But will running this play make them less attractive to applicants?
  • Hoppertunity To Run In Kentucky Derby
    Trainer Bob Baffert's horse needed a name. The trainer knew a couple, the Hoppers, who were struggling to have a baby. To encourage them, he named the horse Hoppertunity.
  • British Character Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71
    Bob Hoskins died this week after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He starred in memorable films such as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa and The Cotton Club. He was 71.
  • 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland
    Ida is a Polish film about a young woman who was raised as an orphan in a convent. She's planning to take her vows as a nun when she discovers she's Jewish and her parents were killed by the Nazis.
  • Istalif Potter Hopes Next Afghan President Will Serve The Country
    The small village of Istalif is known for its cobalt blue pottery. Years ago, Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne befriended one family in particular, that of master potter Abdul Wahkeel.
  • Merger Possible In Home Entertainment Industry
    AT&T wants to purchase satellite TV provider DirecTV, as The Wall Street Journal first reported. The deal would likely be worth around $40 billion.
  • 50 Years Of BASIC
    The programming language, developed five decades ago, didn't require code to be entered on punch cards. It also allowed computer novices to begin programming without a lot of academic training.
  • Doge At 'Dega: Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car
    Back in March, when a someone posted on the social media site Reddit that NASCAR driver Josh Wise was without a sponsor, the Dogecoin community stepped in. Now the car is ready to race at Talladega.

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