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1:44pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Delay For Insurance Mandate Pleases Businesses

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:07 pm

President Obama talked up the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif., in June. Now, the administration has said a key provision affecting businesses won't take effect until 2015.
Evan Vucci AP

The Obama administration's decision late Tuesday to postpone the requirement for employers with 50 or more workers to offer health coverage or risk fines has satisfied some key members of the coalition that supported the law.

But the one-year reprieve also raises new questions about the administration's ability to get the huge health law up and running in an orderly fashion. The deadline for the new health exchanges to begin enrolling individuals is Oct. 1.

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1:18pm

Wed July 3, 2013
The Salt

Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:10 pm

A fruit thought by some to be what Eve used to tempt Adam has been grown in the Middle East for centuries.
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Disease detectives have traced the continuing outbreak of hepatitis A that has so far sickened 136 people in the U.S. to a shipment of pomegranate seeds from the Anatolian region of Turkey.

As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered any new shipments from the company that shipped the suspect fruit, Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading, to be seized at American ports.

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12:05pm

Wed July 3, 2013
The Salt

Civil War Soldiers Needed Bravery To Face The Foe, And The Food

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 12:11 pm

How did the food taste? These faces say it all. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
Timothy H. O'Sullivan Library of Congress

War is hell, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is famously said to have uttered.* And the food, he might as well have added, was pretty lousy, too.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — a turning point in the Civil War — it's worth remembering that the men who fought on that Pennsylvania field did so while surviving on food that would make most of us surrender in dismay.

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11:56am

Wed July 3, 2013
It's All Politics

6 Questions For The Man Who Tracks Texas Trends

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 12:47 pm

Lloyd Potter, the state demographer of Texas
Office of the State Demographer

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Few know Texas' population as well as its official demographer, Lloyd Potter, a professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He talked with NPR this week about his research.

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11:17am

Wed July 3, 2013
Digital Life

Martin Luther King's Memory Inspires Teenage Dream

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now we continue our special series remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which will be 50 years old this summer.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: I have a dream...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1: As a kindergarten teacher in a Texas public school, my dream is for our country to begin to value our youngest members of society.

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