The state’s legislative session has reached its mid-point and Democrats and Republicans in the house are blaming each other for not coming up with innovative ideas to create jobs and boost the economy. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · Smoke rose above planned maneuvers to defeat overgrown vegetation, preserving the wartime feel of the park where thousands of soldiers fought in 1862.
 

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · The latest charge is related to the alleged use of his veterans’ charity donor rolls to raise money for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign. He says he will clear his name in court.
 

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · Just to be safe, the CDC is telling consumers to “throw out” all romaine lettuce, including whole heads, because of an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 61 people and hospitalized 31.
 

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · It’s impossible to watch all the good TV out there. But that’s no reason to shy away from the conversation around the buzziest small-screen delights. David Chen and Joanna Robinson host the podcast Decoding Westworld, and join NPR’s Ailsa Chang to talk about HBO’s Westworld.
 

April 20, 2018 | FA · Anderson, who died April 16, began his career as a street performer specializing in elaborate pranks. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1989 about an illusion in which he pretended to chop off his own hand.
 

April 20, 2018 | FA · The Academy Award-winning filmmaker, who died on April 13, spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 about growing up in the former Czechoslovakia, first under the Gestapo, then under communist rule.
 

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the power of ballet and her memories of watching choreographer George Balanchine bring the music of Tchaikovsky to life with the New York City Ballet.
 

April 20, 2018 | NPR · Chicago jazz mainstay Willie Pickens died this past December at age 86. Revisit his performance with McPartland in this 1997 episode of Piano Jazz.
 

April 20, 2018 | NPR · Swedish musician and DJ Avicii has died at 28. NPR’s Ari Shaprio talks with KCRW’s Jason Bentley about his career.
 

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