After months of buildup, the budget cleared the house yesterday with little fanfare or debate. The 18.2 billion dollar budget funds everything from prisons to schools to state employee salaries. But just as it heads to the senate, lawmakers have already begun multifaceted discussions about next year’s budget. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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October 25, 2016 | NPR · The pope urged President Nicolas Maduro to “alleviate the suffering of the people” amid Venezuela’s economic and political disaster. The Vatican will mediate between the government and the opposition.

October 25, 2016 | NPR · A new study finds that for every seven more adults in a neighborhood, one fewer young person leaves school.

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October 25, 2016 | NPR · Researchers say the ice is melting more quickly than they’ve ever seen. They think it’s because warm water is circulating under the ice shelf, and that the melting process appears to be irreversible.

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October 25, 2016 | NPR · T.C. Boyle’s new novel is ripped from the headlines … of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.

October 25, 2016 | NPR · Lipton is just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea these days. So you might be surprised to learn that once upon a time, Lipton was known for selling tea direct from its own gardens.

October 24, 2016 | NPR · True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.


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October 25, 2016 | WXPN · Despite its name, the Saskatoon trio gives you plenty of space to breathe. You can hear the simplicity and vastness of the Canadian prairies in its new single.

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October 25, 2016 | NPR · This song and video from Oliver Kalb’s eerie pop project have a playful sense of purpose. “Thick Skin” espouses the notion that the most freeing part of life is the search, not the arrival.

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October 24, 2016 | WXPN · The Austin artist’s inventive new EP, Never Understood, was produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno. Hear two songs.

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