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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

As Chicago Teachers Strike, Unions At A Crossroad

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

On the face of it, the teacher's strike in Chicago is about money, job security and how teachers are evaluated. But it's also about the political pressure on teachers' unions to make concessions that not long ago would've been unheard of. Teachers' collective bargaining rights these days have taken a backseat to bare-bones budgets and to claims that unions are an obstacle to efforts aimed at improving the quality of schools. As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, all these elements have come together in Chicago.

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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

Rumors Abound Over 'Missing' Chinese Leader

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The rumor mills in China are in overdrive this week, with speculation about the health and whereabouts of the heir to China's top leader. Just weeks before Vice President Xi Jinping is expected to be elevated to head of the party, he seems to have disappeared. He's been mysteriously out of sight since last week when he missed an important meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and also the Prime Ministers of Denmark and Singapore.

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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

Arctic Ice At Lowest Level In Decades

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Here's some troubling news. Ice covering the Arctic Ocean has melted more dramatically this year than ever before. This year's loss of ice has exceeded the previous record by an area the size of Texas. NPR's Richard Harris reports.

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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
Europe

German Court Rules In Favor Of EU Bailout Fund

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's shaping up to be an important day for the European Union and the future of its currency. In the Netherlands, there is a parliamentary election that's expected to be a barometer of Dutch support for staying in the eurozone. Also this morning, a plan was unveiled to give the European Central Bank the power to supervise the big financial institutions in Europe. And, Germany's high court ruled that the European bailout fund is legal.

NPR's Jim Zarroli joins us now from Berlin to talk about this.

Good morning.

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2:39am

Wed September 12, 2012
National Security

Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

Soldiers use DCGS-A software at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
U.S. Army

Military commanders, government officials and members of Congress have long wrangled over which weapon systems are needed. Now, there's an argument over what computer software should be provided to soldiers in Afghanistan. It's a defense dispute for the digital age.

In recent years, the ability to analyze data has become almost as important to U.S. war-fighters as the guns they use.

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