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3:08pm

Fri April 18, 2014
Music Interviews

On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:13 pm

Up.Rooted is singer-songwriter Gina Chavez's sophomore effort and her first full-length album.
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Texas native Gina Chavez did not come to music early on. When she was 18, she went to a country-blues show in Austin to hear singer Toni Price. It was after that she decided she wanted to learn how to play guitar. So she turned to her dad.

GINA CHAVEZ: You know, I said, hey, dad, don't you have a guitar in the closet? He pulls it out and turns out it's a 1954 Martin, which people who know things about guitars are, you know, they start drooling all over themselves.

CORNISH: A year later, she started writing her own songs.

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3:08pm

Fri April 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:13 pm

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This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Whether the plan can achieve that remains an open question, as NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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5:02pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Politics

Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:11 am

President Obama speaks during an April 7 visit to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. It was his fourth visit to Prince George's County in as many months.
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Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.

"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."

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4:30pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Law

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:06 pm

While many women continue to work with little change in their duties while pregnant, others find that pregnancy can be a career liability.
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The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.

But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.

Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Then, her supervisor intervened.

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4:30pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Around the Nation

The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:06 pm

The Serpent Mound in southern Ohio is 3 feet high and more than 1,300 feet long.
Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society.

In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago.

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