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New Accessible Playground Rules May Not Go Far Enough

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Brooklyn Fisher rolls down the ramp on the playground named for her in Pocatello, Idaho. The playground was built using accessible features so children of all abilities could play alongside each other. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play

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Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

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A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers

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Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?

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Romney Leads Gingrich In Money; Obama Bests Both

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White House Kills Dollar Coin Program

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.

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How Frequent Fliers Exploit A Government Program To Get Free Trips

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Millions of dollars worth of $1 coins languish in a vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Baltimore branch. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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$1 Billion That Nobody Wants

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Air Safety On Autopilot? Problems Spur Investigation

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