A Republican measure to eliminate state sales taxes on soft drinks cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote. Lawmakers got rid of the sales tax exemption for soft drinks last legislative session to help fill a budget shortfall. That move led to a big fracture between Republicans and Democrats. And as Bente Birkeland reports, those divisions were just as stark yesterday.

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids’ book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.
 

March 26, 2017 | NPR · Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, “The First Love Story,” and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.
 

March 26, 2017 | NPR · Deb Olin Unferth’s story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.
 

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