Tom Gorner, founder of Skyscape Services, flies a drone in the backyard of his Virginia home. His company uses the drone to photograph real estate for prospective buyers. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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It's All Politics

After Government's Greenlight, Commercial Drones Set To Take Off

The FAA has granted 1,300 permits that allow commercial firms to operate drones for everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But there's concern over some recent close calls.

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Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, says she wants to develop more creative solutions to the state's toughest public health challenges. Annie Fiedt/Alaskan Public Media hide caption

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Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

Valerie Davidson spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon on nights and weekends with her family, who belong to one of Alaska's 11 native cultures.

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There are about 400,000 greater sage grouse left on the landscape, spread across 11 Western states, from California to North Dakota. That's a fraction of what their numbers were just a century ago. Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Environment

Fight To Save The Sage Grouse Finds Friends In All Corners Of The West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide by the end of the month whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. Many groups, including some oil and gas firms and a conservation group, don't want that to happen.

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As different as their backgrounds were, and even their approaches to judging, when it came to women's rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (left) and Sandra Day O'Connor were allies. Courtesy of HarperCollins hide caption

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Author Interviews

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law'

According to a new book, the women were not friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

Ryan Peck repossesses vehicles in Corpus Christi, Texas. His business is seeing the upside of the downturn in oil prices: a spike in the number of expensive trucks bought by oilfield workers during an earlier boom. Mose Buchele/KUT hide caption

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U.S.

Oil Market Bust Yields Unexpected Boom For Texas Repo Men

In recent weeks, the price of oil has dropped to its lowest point in years. That's meant layoffs and people falling behind on payments for the fancy vehicles they bought during the good times.

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Line-sitters waited for hours outside Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, on July 3. Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT hide caption

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The Salt

5-Hour Line Turns Barbecue Pilgrims Into Cash Cow For Locals

People start lining up at 5 a.m. to get a taste of the world-famous brisket at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. The line is such a fixture that it has become a business opportunity.

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Dr. David Burkons holds the licensing certificates that allowed him to open a clinic that provides medical and surgical abortions. It took about 18 extra months of inspections, he says, to get approval to offer the procedure. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

Since 2010, about half the clinics performing abortions in Ohio have closed because of strict restrictions. But Dr. David Burkons says he is committed to serving all his patients, including those who choose abortions.

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"Probably females are better at accessing olfactory memories, but I don't know why," says Robert Bath, a wine and beverage studies professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. "Maybe men don't pay as much attention?" Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

Many in the wine and beer industry claim women have a keener sense of smell, and thus taste, than men have. Sensory scientists who've tackled this question say there's something to it.

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Remembrances

Rest In Peace, Wes Craven (We Sure Won't)

The horror master, who died on Sunday, disturbed the dreams of millions of moviegoers in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he helped to revitalize the genre in the 1990s by directing the Scream movies.

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