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Wed March 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Serbia Arrests 8 Accused Of Direct Roles In Srebrenica Massacre

A photo taken on Saturday, March 7, shows a now-abandoned warehouse where over 1,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys were killed in July 1995 on the outskirts of Srebrenica. Prosecutors tell The Associated Press they have made Serbia's first arrests of people suspected of carrying out the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims.
Sulejman Omerbasic AP

Police have arrested eight men suspected of carrying out the mass killing in 1995 of more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica. War crimes prosecutors ordered the arrests, believed to be the first that are directly linked to the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

The eight men are accused of killing "over 1,000 civilians of Muslim nationality, whose remains were identified in mass graves at several locations," reports Serbian news agency B92.

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Wed March 18, 2015

Common Core Means 3 Tests In 3 Years For Michigan Kids

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:07 am

As political battles rage over the Common Core, teachers like Jennifer Bahns at the University Prep Academy middle school in Detroit are trying to prepare their students for the first major Common Core exams this spring.
Erin Einhorn Hechinger Report

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Read more about Common Core.

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Wed March 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Letter To White House Tested Positive For Cyanide, Secret Service Says

The Secret Service has confirmed that an envelope sent to the White House tested positive for cyanide.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

A test on an envelope that arrived at the White House Mail Screening Facility Monday indicates that it contains cyanide, according to the Secret Service. The agency did not announce to whom the letter was addressed; further tests are being conducted to confirm the results.

Secret Service Spokesperson Robert Hoback says:

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Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

Advocates are looking to a new Oregon law as a model for increasing voter turnout.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Go to renew your driver's license in Oregon, and you will now be signed up to vote automatically.

It's the first state in the country with that sort of law, which is designed to make voting easier, and stands in contrast to the trend seen in the past several years in more conservative states.

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Wed March 18, 2015

Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:16 am

A Teamsters union from Lexington, Ky., was on hand as Warren County became the first county in the U.S. to pass a local right-to-work law.
Lisa Autry WKU Public Radio

This past January, the Republican-led Kentucky Senate did what it does just about every year: It passed a statewide right-to-work bill.

Keeping with tradition, when the bill arrived at the Democratic-controlled House, it died.

For decades, Democrats have rejected efforts to allow employees in unionized companies the freedom to choose whether to join a union.

Now, the battle has shifted from the statehouse to individual counties.

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