State lawmakers wrapped up their annual 120-day legislative session yesterday, but not without some tense moments that threatened to shut down state government operations and possibly force lawmakers into a special session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Austria could not agree to cut production in an effort to stabilize global crude prices.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The Ferguson Public Library has become a refuge for community during a difficult time. In response, donations to the library have reached “several orders of magnitude” higher than ever.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · AAA says some 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving — the largest number since 2007.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

Music

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins host Marian McPartland for “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

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November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

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