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2:58 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

Native Hawaiians dance in honor of Mauna Kea at the base of Pu'u Huluhulu on the Big Island.
Molly Solomon NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope.

This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a giant telescope on the island of Hawaii to be a desecration of their sacred land.

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2:57 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

This solar panel unit cost about $17,000, less than half as much as it costs to extend the electrical grid a mile. Homeowner Leo Thompson pays the power company $75 a month to maintain and service the unit.
Ibby Caputo NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

Most people can't imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations.

For many, electricity is a luxury; it can even be magical. Derrick Terry remembers the first winter when there were lights on at his grandmother's house.

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Shots - Health News
2:56 am
Tue April 21, 2015

What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy

Carlton Scott pays $266.99 per month for his subsidized health insurance plan. He worries he and his neighbors would lose their insurance without the subsidy.
Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. To help coax people to buy a health plan, the federal government now subsidizes premiums for millions of Americans.

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Back At Base
2:54 am
Tue April 21, 2015

National Guard Seeks New Mission After War

The Army spent $300 million to upgrade Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center — seen here in this aerial photo from 2012 — for Indiana's National Guard to use to prepare for the wars and Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that troops are coming home, the Guard is looking for new ways to keep the base relevant.
Sgt. Ashley Reed Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of four reports this week about the National Guard.

The Army spent billions of dollars getting the National Guard ready for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that the money has been spent and troops are coming home, there are questions about the Guard's mission.

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The Two-Way
5:46 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

U.S. Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier To Coast Of Yemen

The U.S. Navy has dispatched an aircraft carrier to waters off the coast of Yemen.

As NPR's Jackie Northam reports, the vessels are joining others in the region in an increasing show of force. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The U.S. Navy says it's deploying the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile cruiser Normandy to the Gulf of Aden to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the volatile region remain open and safe.

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