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Business
5:20 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

On The Road To Recovery, Detroit Property Taxes Aren't Helping

Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes.
Jason Margolis NPR

With new businesses sprouting up left and right, there's a lot of talk these days about Detroit being on the comeback trail.

A great thing about the city is that it's easy to become a real estate mogul. But some entrepreneurs might have reason to pause.

A new study released Tuesday shows that Detroit's commercial property taxes are the highest of any city in the nation.

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Music Interviews
5:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

When This 9-Year-Old Pianist Plays, He Feels The Music

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It's All Politics
5:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

NPR's map of death penalty laws.
NPR/Christopher Groskopf

The Nebraska state legislature voted Wednesday to repeal the death penalty in the state on Wednesday. The 30-19 vote overrides Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a law the legislature passed last week getting rid of the policy.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Legislators Overturn Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

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It's All Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney August 29, 2001 in Lucasville, Ohio.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Nebraska's legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.

Support for the death penalty has slowly fallen over the last couple of decades, from a high of 80 percent in favor in the mid-1990s to just over 60 percent currently, according to Gallup.

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