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House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 3:45pm

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.

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House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 2:48pm

House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."

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National journal lauds Idaho's "2020 Vision" for libraries

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - July 30, 2014 - 2:38pm
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In a recent editorial, the Library Journal recognized Idaho library leaders for their “2020 Vision: Idaho Libraries Futures Conference” in 2005 and the culture of creativity and innovation that emerged as a result.

The “2020 Vision” that came out of the conference—libraries as the nexus of global information, innovative services and community—still guides us as we implement statewide initiatives such as SPLAT (Special Libraries Action Team), BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities), and other digital literacy and early literacy projects.

You can view the editorial online at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/07/opinion/editorial/back-to-the-future-when-visioning-pays-off-editorial.

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Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 2:33pm

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."

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Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:54pm

Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.

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Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:50pm

Israel's army declared a humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday but said it did not apply to all areas. A market that Palestinians had thought was safe was hit, killing 17 and wounding dozens more.

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Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:44pm

The tiny European country of Moldova isn't known for much of anything, and especially not its wine. But its winemakers are trying to find new export markets and overcome their post-Soviet reputation.

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Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:14pm

Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.

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Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:04pm

Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.

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Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:27pm

A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.

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Violence On The Ground Hobbles MH17 Investigations

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

Nearly two weeks since a Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over eastern Ukraine, fighting in the region continues to delay the start of an investigation. For more, Audie Cornish speaks with Paul Sonne, the Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

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For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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A Market And A School Come Under Fire During A Violent Day In Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

An explosion rocked a crowded Gaza market during what was expected to be a lull in the fighting. Earlier in the day a United Nations school was hit by what U.N. officials say was Israeli artillery fire, killing at least 15 people. Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza continues to be fired into Israel.

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Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

Republicans in the House voted to allow Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe the president has overstepped his constitutional authority.

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Late Rally From Argentina Fails To Delay Default

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

Earlier in the day it looked like a resolution was possible, but ultimately talks between the country and a group of creditors broke down in New York. The first time the country defaulted was in 2002.

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U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 8:06am

The U.S. did not name the officials but said they have been responsible or complicit in perpetrating human rights abuses against the Venezuelan people.

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Desk Desk Evolution

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 7:13am

The changing workspace in the Age of Deskovery.

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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

NPR Books - July 30, 2014 - 7:13am

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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Public library Internet speed test extended to August 8

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - July 30, 2014 - 6:54am
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The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8. The speed test study is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and is supported by the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Public Library Association, and the Urban Libraries Council.

The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014 Digital Inclusion Survey released last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library patron experiences at the device level. Taken together, the data will help inform the Federal Communications Commission’s current E-rate proceeding, including questions about future funding needs.

This new data collection effort will seek responses from a sample of about 1,000 libraries, while allowing any library to capture the broadband speed data for their advocacy use. No software needs to be downloaded, and libraries will be asked to run the speed test at least twice during open hours.

Libraries can log on at http://digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest/ before August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be published in September 2014

 

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WATCH: Video Shows Women Narrowly Escape Death On Railroad Tracks

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 6:06am

The 14,000-ton freight train could not come to a stop. But the women laid down between the rails and survived.

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