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Mainland Colleges Offer In-State Tuition To Students Affected By Hurricane Maria

State colleges, community colleges and one private university are working to help students in Puerto Rico and beyond continue their education.

Volunteers Work To Get Clean Water In Rural Puerto Rican Towns

A month after Hurricane Maria hit, a million people in Puerto Rico still lack clean water. A group of volunteers is bringing their own water purification to remote towns.

Democrats Eye A Rare Opportunity In Alabama Senate Race

While Alabama hasn't sent a Democrat to the Senate in 25 years, Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor, may have an opening because of the the controversial record of his GOP opponent, Roy Moore.

The Russia Investigations: Interference Impacted Real Life; Senators Propose New Law

Stories pile up about real-life activity linked to Russian influence-mongers, senators pitch new law on digital political ads and committee hearing postponed for Trump's longtime personal lawyer.

Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience

I'm a doctor, and I oversee public health programs to help new mothers and infants. When my son was born, I discovered just how vitally important that help is.

5 Living Ex-Presidents Appear On Stage For Hurricane Relief Concert

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush were on stage in College Station, Texas, to try to unite the country after the recent storms.

Astros Advance To The World Series By Shutting Out Yankees, 4-0

The Houston Astros will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Houston — the series went seven games.

Las Vegas Survivor Discusses Life After Shooting

Many witnesses to the Las Vegas shooting are still dealing with the emotional toll. NPR's Lakshmi Singh spoke survivor Misty Jones, who was uninjured, but thinks about the traged every day.

Film 'Te Ata' Tells Real Life Story Of Prolific Native American Performer

Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers ever.

Ban The Box: What This New Law Means For Potential Employees With A Criminal Record

A law in California took effect preventing companies from requiring job applicants to disclose criminal histories. NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks with National Employment Law Project attorney Beth Avery.

Barbershop: Let's Talk Bush, Bannon, Gold Star Families And Trump

NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks with Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush; Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner; and Danielle Belton, editor-in-chief of The Root.

After 87 Years At The Smithsonian, Bones Of Alaska Natives Returned And Reburied

About half of the village of Igiugig welcomed the return of 24 men, women and children for burial in their land. It took about two years for the repatriation of the remains to be approved.

In Florida, Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored Automatically

Thousands of petitions are circulating across the state in an unprecedented grass-roots campaign to restore voting rights to almost 1.7 million people.

California Wildfires Have Disrupted School For A Quarter Of A Million Students

Natural disasters have left millions of students across the U.S. out of school. The California wildfires have added to the tally, with dozens of districts and hundreds of schools affected.

The Week In Sports: World Series Time, Sled Dog Doping

The Fall Classic is close. Scott Simon and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant discuss who's in and who's out of the World Series, Dusty Baker's ouster from the Washington Nationals and a doping scandal in the Iditarod.

In Virginia, Signs The Democratic Party Is Still Struggling To Reach Rural Voters

After last year's election losses, many Democrats said they needed to do a better job connecting with rural voters. But the Virginia governor's race suggests the party is still struggling.

Tax Plan Push, Trump's Call To Fallen Soldier's Family And George W. Bush Chimes In

Scott Simon talks to NPR's Ron Elving about the week in politics, including President Trump's spat with the family of a deceased U.S. soldier and the Senate passing of a budget blueprint.

While Homelessness Escalates In Los Angeles, A Push For Veterans Got Him Off The Street

Homelessness is on the rise in Los Angeles. James Brown got his own home there five years ago, and reflects on his two decades living on the streets.

Conservative Donors Grow Frustrated With Congress Over Slow Legislative Progress

Some major donors are frustrated by the GOP's failure to pass healthcare legislation. Canary LLC CEO Dan Eberhart speaks to Scott Simon about backing more ideological challengers to the party.

Congressman And Veteran Says Trump Has A Pattern Of Disrespecting Troops

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Rep. Seth Moulton , a retired Marine officer, about the president's calls to the families of deceased service members.

Iowa Tries A New Domestic Violence Intervention: Mindfulness

Iowa has a new intervention program for domestic abusers, which aims to develop their emotional awareness. In early studies, the program outperformed traditional classes that address control issues.

DeVos Is Sued By 17 States; Richard Spencer And Colleges; Race and Student Loans

Plus a new Education Department employee opposes regulation in our weekly roundup of learning-related news.

When It Comes To Race And Sports, Who Owns An Athlete's Opinions?

The anger of white fans "is what happens when black bodies don't conform to what white spectators and consumers want them to be or do or say," says Penn State professor Amira Rose Davis.

Don't Surrender, Reinvent: The New Mantra Of Small Biz In Puerto Rico

Facing an uncertain future and dim prospects of financial relief, small businesses get support and strength from each other.

Appeals Court Sets Terms For Abortion For Teen Immigrant

A lower court had ordered the government to allow the minor who is in the U.S. without permission to seek an abortion "without delay." The appeals judges say first she needs a sponsor.

Case Considers Unaccompanied Minor's Right To Have An Abortion

A panel of federal judges said Friday that a 17-year-old Mexican girl in the U.S. illegally has a right to an abortion — but she's not being allowed to get the procedure yet.

Prisoners Face Uncertainty As Number Of Halfway Houses Are Cut

The Justice Department has ended contracts with several halfway houses across the country. That change means inmates will likely stay in prison longer and have a tougher transition back to society.

Investigations Continue Into U.S. Military Deaths In Niger

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about what happened on the ground in Niger that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead.

Chef José Andrés Has Served Nearly 1.5 Million Meals To Hungry Puerto Ricans

In the capital, San Juan, the coliseum has become the center of a massive effort, led by D.C. restaurateur and celebrity chef Andrés, to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria.

Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

Why It's So Hard To Turn The Lights Back On In Puerto Rico

Almost a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall, most of the island is still without electricity. Officials have estimated it could be months before power is restored.

Federal Judge Will Not Void Guilty Ruling On Arpaio, Despite Trump's Pardon

Citing legal precedents, Bolton said that while a pardon removes the threat of punishment, it does not "blot out guilt."

Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

FBI Anti-Sex Trafficking Operation Rescues 84 Minors

The bureau said the 11th annual Operation Cross Country recovered one 3-month-old girl and that the average age of the victims was 15.

Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

A new study shows students' self-image suffers in middle school and junior high. And it's not just hard on low-income kids. Having a teacher who understands the teenage brain can help.

CIA Trainee Washes Out Of Bomb-Detection, Reassigned To Living Room

The agency says that Lulu, a black Labrador being trained to sniff out explosives, just wasn't that into it.

Los Angeles Dodgers Take National League Pennant, Beating Chicago Cubs 11-1

LA took the best-of-seven series four games to one and will play the winner of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.

LAPD Investigating Accusation Of 2013 Rape By Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein has been dogged by a litany of allegations of sexual misconduct ever since the New York Times reported earlier this month that he has paid off accusers for decades.

After Ikea Dresser Recall, Another Toddler Reportedly Died In Tip-Over

Last June Ikea recalled millions of dressers over the risk of tip-over accidents. But the parents of Jozef Dudek, who was crushed by a Malm dresser this May, were not aware of the recall, lawyers say.

Forecasters Predict Warmer-Than-Average Winter In Majority Of U.S.

The La Niña weather pattern is likely to develop, boosting snowfall in the Great Lakes and northern Rockies and lowering snowfall in the Mid-Atlantic.

California Wildfires Leave Seasonal Agricultural Workers In Limbo

The devastating wildfires in Northern California and killed scores of people and left thousands homeless. They've also left many seasonal agricultural workers without jobs or income.

Holes In The Plot: Suspect Loses Bet With Cops, Turns Himself In — With Doughnuts

A wanted man made a bet with police on Facebook: If they could get 1,000 shares, he would turn himself in — and bring doughnuts. They did it. And eventually, police posted photos of his promise kept.

California Fires Result In Job And Income Loss For Seasonal Workers

The devastating wildfires in Northern California killed scores of people and left thousands homeless. The fires have also left many seasonal agricultural workers without jobs.

Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul

The White House says the $4 trillion resolution, which passed by a narrow 51-49 vote, "creates a pathway" for promised tax reform and tax cuts.

Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

After 55 Years, Target Will Finally Open A Store In Vermont

The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill."

30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands

While the mockups are massive, it's anybody's guess whether they'll ever get built.

Puerto Rico's Governor Is In Washington To Meet With Trump

Parts of Puerto Rico look as if the hurricane struck yesterday, not last month. Gov. Ricardo Rossello is in Washington to speak with members of Congress. He'll also meet with President Trump.

Iditarod Sled Dogs Test Positive For Banned Substance

At the end of this year's annual run to Nome, Alaska, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned pain killer, the race board says.

Having Changed America, The League Of POW/MIA Families Fades

Almost 50 years ago, a small group of families started a movement to demand an accounting of the nation's POW/MIAs. They changed the way America thinks about its servicemen and women lost at war.