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Local Democrats Urging Republicans For Sequestration Deal

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Sequestration is now the law of the land and experts say this region is being hit hardest because it's so dependent on government spending. That's why lawmakers in the region say it's time to do away with those indiscriminate budget cuts and lay out a more precise budget blueprint.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, and he's calling on House Speaker John Boehner to appoint conferees so the two chambers can start budget negotiations.

"Unfortunately right now, despite complaining for years the Senate didn't have a budget, the House speaker refuses to go to conference on the budget to begin those budget negotiations, to finalize a budget.

"That would be the right forum for doing both dealing with the issue of sequestration and dealing with the issue tax reform."

Republican leaders say setting up a budget conference committee doesn't make any sense unless the two parties lay a framework for negotiations first, which means sequestration is likely to remain in place for the near future.

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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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