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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October 20, 2014 | NPR · The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · The remarks by the country’s foreign minister could signal a shift in Ankara’s largely neutral stance on the conflict at its doorstep.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple’s launch is bigger, with more financial institutions’ support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.
 

October 20, 2014 | NPR · Morning Edition‘s David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · With its roots in punk and heartland rock, LP3 is a rattling, unpinnable record that doesn’t know when to stop baring its soul.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other’s voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it “blood harmony,” which about sums it up.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · The shoegaze-y L.A. rock band never quite caught on in the ’90s. In 2013, the group returned with its first album in 18 years — and on the follow-up, Medicine continues to create new wrinkles.
 

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