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CDC Director On Release Of American Ebola Patients

August 21, 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat." (Molly Riley/AP)

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses recovery and release of the American patients.

St. Louis Radio Personality Opens Airwaves For Ferguson Community

August 21, 2014
Radio station Hot 104.1 St. Louis tweeted this photo of DJ Boogie D (right) and record producer Benzino making the "hands up don't shoot" pose. (Twitter)

Hot 104.1 DJ Boogie D discusses why he turned off the music and gave residents the opportunity to voice their concerns on the radio.

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Plan For Coal Ash

August 21, 2014
Didi Fung, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, collects water samples from the Dan River, Feb. 5, 2014, as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Documents and interviews collected by The Associated Press show how Duke’s lobbyists prodded Republican legislators to tuck a 330-word provision in a regulatory reform bill running nearly 60 single-spaced pages. Though the bill never once mentions coal ash, the change allowed Duke to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Six months after a coal ash spill, state lawmakers have approved a plan to regulate the ashes left over from burning coal.

Bank Of America Agrees To Nearly $17 Billion Settlement

August 21, 2014
Bank of America's corporate headquarters are shown in Charlotte, N.C. (AP)

It settles allegations that the bank — and companies it later bought — sold risky, mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis.

‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Takes To The Big Screen

August 21, 2014
Director and writer Matthew Weiner is pictured on the set of "Are You Here?" with members of the cast. (Courtesy of Millennium Entertainment)

Weiner’s first film, “Are You Here?” stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler.

Despite Threat, U.S. Launches More Airstrikes In Iraq

August 21, 2014
Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

The airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants come after a threat that another American hostage would be killed if airstrikes continue.

Baseball Pennant Races Heat Up

August 21, 2014
Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the third inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 20, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals are riding a nine-game winning streak after last night’s 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

August 21, 2014
Kinan Azmeh performs in Damascus. (Rima Badawi)

“Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?” Kinan Azmeh asks. “Of course it doesn’t. But… it can inspire.”

District Profile: Michigan’s 11th Congressional Race

August 21, 2014
In Michigan's 11th congressional district, Republican businessman David Trott (right) will take on Democrat Bobby McKenzie (left). (Campaign photos)

In this week’s installment of District Profiles, we look at the race between Democrat Bobby McKenzie and Republican David Trott.

2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

August 21, 2014
Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, left, embraces Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, after being released from Emory University Hospital, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

Emory University Hospital officials say Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are both free of the virus and pose no public health risk.

Music From The Show

August 20, 2014

From Bjork to Battles.

Bumper U.S. Corn Yield Could Top Records

August 20, 2014
Shoulder-high stalks are seen in a corn field July 5, 2006 in Prairie View, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Bryce Knorr of Farm Futures magazine says consumers can expect to see prices drop at the gas pump, but not at the grocery store.

Modern-Day Dust Bowl Isn’t Easy, But It Beats The 1930s

August 20, 2014
Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

It’s been drier on the American prairie than it was during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but many farmers are surviving.

In Liberia, Ebola Quarantine Sparks Riots

August 20, 2014
Members of Liberia's Ebola Task Force enforce a quarantine on the West Point slum on August 20, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The military began enforcing a quarantine on West Point, a congested favela of 75,000, fearing a spread of the Ebola epidemic in the capital city. Liberian soldiers were also sent in to extract West Point Commissioner Miata Flowers and her family members after residents blamed the government for setting up a holding center for suspected Ebola patients in their community. A mob overran and closed the facility on August 16. The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,200 people in four African nations, more in Liberia than any other country. (John Moore/Getty Images)

NPR photographer David Gilkey is in Liberia’s capital Monrovia and discusses what he saw this morning as the riots began.

Macy’s To Pay $650,000 In Racial Profiling Investigation

August 20, 2014
Macy's flagship store on West 34th Street in midtown Manhattan in this view from the Empire State Building February 14, 2014 in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

The chain will also bring in an independent monitor, and institute new policies aimed at reducing racial profiling at its New York stores.

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