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Ralph Abraham: Why I'm In The Race For Governor

Congressman Ralph Abraham recently threw his hat into the ring for Governor. The congressman says Louisiana needs new leadership. "In education, healthcare, business climate, justice system or court reforms; we are dead last or maybe 49th out of 50. All of those things are critical to Louisiana" says Abraham. Abraham is currently serving in congress but says running a campaign for governor will not interfere with his work in Washington. When asked how he will serve the 5th congressional...

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Newly revealed emails seen by The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations appear to show that automaker General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it alerted regulators to a defect in the switches that has since been linked to 32 deaths.

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As many as 18,000 nurses in Northern California are preparing for a two-day strike that will start Tuesday. Nurses plan to leave their posts at 7 a.m. and picket outside 21 Kaiser Permanente medical centers and clinics.

The placards nurses carry and the chants they repeat will say little about salaries or pensions. No economic proposals have even been put on the bargaining table yet.

A Dutch project that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path will officially open this week, on a special roadway outside Amsterdam. Power generated by the SolaRoad's panels will be funneled into the national energy grid.

The project in the town of Krommenie is being called the world's first public road that includes embedded solar cells. The crystalline silicon solar cells are encased in two layers of tempered safety glass, mounted in a concrete housing.

"I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism."

Those are the frank opening words of a new book by retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Bolger continues:

"It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. Step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem. To wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry."

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KAREN GRIGSBY BATES: Here's something you might not have known about World War II. One of the most popular Hollywood actresses of the era was also developing weapons systems for the U.S. Navy. Today would've been the 100th birthday of a true Renaissance woman, Hedy Lamarr.

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KAREN GRIGSBY BATES: Today, Germany marked the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. In the city center, 8,000 balloons were released into the sky as an orchestra played Beethoven's "Ode To Joy."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ODE TO JOY")

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And so it's time to say goodbye. As you probably know, this, after 21 years, is the final broadcast of TALK OF THE NATION, and after 36 years, my last day at NPR.

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River Parishes Tourist Commission Faces Criticism For Glamorizing Plantation Tourism

Louisiana’s river parishes have long marketed their historic plantations as tourist attractions. St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James parishes make up the River Parishes Tourist Commission - which has embraced the new slogan “New Orleans Plantation Country.” But they’re facing some pushback from critics who say that taxpayer money shouldn’t be used to celebrate the history of plantations in the south without acknowledging the slavery and human suffering associated with them. WWNO's...

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