New state laws take effect tomorrow. They include tax breaks for farmers, more protections for tow truck drivers, and a repeal of a software tax…Senators in Washington are remaining on Capitol Hill for 11th hour negotiations to deal with the federal deficit.

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · After the earthquake struck, they began using social media to find out the extent of the damage, who needs help — even where aid groups are setting up shop.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · The president says he’s pushing for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership in part to boost “Made in the U.S.A.” products around the world. So why make the pitch at Nike?
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Venezuela’s economic woes provide plenty of fodder for comedians. But the government doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor: comics say they are being targeted and prevented from performing.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Asne Seierstad chronicles the 2011 shooting massacre in her country in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the work “engrossing, important and undeniably difficult to read.”
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that’s raising our pork chops.
 

May 5, 2015 | NPR · British artist Brian Catling’s fiction debut, about a mysterious forest in an alternate-universe Africa, is finally in the U.S. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it an “eye-gouging, mind-bending spectacle.”
 

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May 5, 2015 | WXPN · Hear how the band came to record its third album, Eclipse, in L.A.’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Hear a live set from the traditional Irish band, which has been making music together for decades.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · In “El Gigante,” the Uruguayan band blends many sounds — including the Americana to its north.
 

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