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3:27pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Florida Pitches New Facilities To Clinch Spring Training

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 5:00 pm

Baseball fans watch an exhibition spring training game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Spring training contributes $35 million to the local economy.
Julio Cortez AP

For baseball fans, spring training is a time for renewed hopes and a reminder that winter is almost over. But for the major league teams and Arizona and Florida communities, spring training is big business. In Florida, 1.5 million fans attend spring training games with an estimated $750 million annual economic impact, and the state is working to keep the teams from fleeing.

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4:00pm

Wed March 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Administration Still Fighting For Assault Weapons Ban, Biden Says

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:00 am

Vice President Biden at a December 2012 meeting of police chiefs on gun control, held in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Vice President Joe Biden told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block in an interview Wednesday that he and the Obama administration plan to continue to fight for a ban on assault weapons to be included in a larger bill in Congress.

That despite signs that such a ban doesn't have enough support, even from members of Biden's own party, to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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3:53pm

Wed March 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'Black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Detective Dave Wells plugs his laptop into a car's event data recorder. A large portion of new cars are equipped with the device, and the government is considering making them mandatory in all vehicles. But some say there should be an "off" option.
Martin Kaste NPR

If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded. Automotive "black boxes" are now built into more than 90 percent of new cars, and the government is considering making them mandatory.

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3:20pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Music Reviews

Kacey Musgraves: A Millennial Musician Reframes Country

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 4:48 pm

Kacey Musgraves' major-label debut is titled Same Trailer Different Park.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

Country singers generally romanticize small-town life. But in her hit single, "Merry Go 'Round," from her major-label debut Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves does nothing of the sort. It's a remarkable song, but it actually pales alongside others on her great new album.

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2:13pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:11 am

Dr. Frank Dumont at his clinic in Estes Park, Colo.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

Dr. Frank Dumont knew one of his favorite patients was getting depressed.

When Dumont first started seeing him in his family practice, the man was in his 70s. He was active and fit; he enjoyed hiking into his 80s. But then things started to change.

"He started complaining of his memory starting to slip," Dumont says. The man would forget where he had placed objects, and he'd struggle to remember simple words and phrases.

Dumont prescribed antidepressants and saw him every eight weeks or so.

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