The senate president is firing back at Republicans who say he’s behind efforts to redraw congressional maps to favor his own political ambitions. A bipartisan committee charged with helping create new congressional maps blew up last week when the two parties came up with drastically different proposals. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · The Washington Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., was the site of a September, 2013, shooting in which 12 people were killed and three injured.
 

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July 2, 2015 | WABE · Federal grant money is flowing to skills training programs for ex-offenders. But aid will be successful only if employers are willing to hire them. That’s where state re-entry programs show promise.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello looks at the Independence Day weekend blockbusters, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · As Terminator: Genisys opens in theaters, we provide the necessary refresher on how exactly the franchise got to this complicated, complicated place.
 

July 1, 2015 | NPR · Even if you’ve never set foot in a Chili’s, you know their classic jingle. In this game, contestants are given clues to three-syllable things that rhyme with “back.”
 

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · On Ghost Notes, its first album in nearly a decade and the first by its original members since 1997, Veruca Salt embraces a throwback sound with obvious joy.
 

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · Kacey Musgraves sits in a sweet spot where her charm and humor attract traditional country die-hards and pop fans alike. Ann Powers explores other women in country who paved the path.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · On her debut album, the hit-making R&B and pop songwriter is all about brutal, fearless honesty. Taken as a whole, BEcoming feels like a powerful and necessary purge.
 

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