The Republican house leadership has changed the rules to make the daily prayer an official part of legislative proceedings. Several Democrats in the house argued that the prayer should continue to happen before the house is officially in session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · It has been a year since Obamacare launched with a difficult start. Now, supporters are confident about the program’s future. But critics say it’s too early to gauge its success.
 

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · The case, which ended in a mistrial earlier this year, drew national attention because of its racial overtones. Dunn, a white man, said he shot a black teen because he felt threatened.
 

October 1, 2014 | NPR · When given their choice of contraceptives for free, almost three-quarters of sexually active teenage girls chose long-acting options like the IUD or hormonal implants, a study finds.
 

Arts & Life

October 1, 2014 | NPR · The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she’ll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.
 

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · “We’re giving those 33 million Hispanics in the U.S. … a point where they can actually identify themselves,” says Demian Bichir, a star of the cross-border crime drama.
 

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman’s new collection of poems, “Once in the West.”
 

Music

Academy of Ancient Music
October 1, 2014 | WQXR · Stream a live Carnegie Hall concert of Bach’s four orchestral suites, played by the superb Academy of Ancient Music, led by Richard Egarr.
 

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under their electrifying conductor Riccardo Muti, in a thrilling program of Debussy, Mendelssohn and Scriabin.
 

Kristine Hoebermann
October 1, 2014 | WQXR · Hear the beloved American baritone sing a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in this recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger.
 

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