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The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium

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For A New View On The West Virginia Spill, Follow The Elk River

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Finding Stories Of Life Among The Tombstones

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Sparks fly as Dan Hensley pours liquid iron (at 2575 degrees Farenheit) into the mold for a piano plate destined for Steinway pianos, at O.S. Kelly foundry in Springfield, Ohio. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

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Apples sit in a bin after being harvested at Riveridge Produce in Sparta, Mich. The apple harvest in Michigan this year is projected to be about ten times larger than in 2012. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce

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Small Kentucky Town Makes High-Tech Glass Amid Bucolic Farmland

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American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963. Adger Cowans/Getty Images hide caption

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The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

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In his home library, Leonard kept copies of every book he'd ever written. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87

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Fiber artist Freda Fairchild at the door of her Studio Miska (Dear Little Mouse). Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing

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Bonfires light up the Belfast skyline on July 12, 1997, as Protestant loyalists commemorate the 17th century victory of a Protestant king over his deposed Catholic predecessor. Known as the Battle of the Boyne, the confrontation is part of a long history of tensions in the region. Paul McErlane/AP hide caption

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In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns

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In 1974, a young Xenia, Ohio, resident sweeps the slab of a house that was destroyed in a tornado that struck the town April 3. AP hide caption

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In Ohio Town, Okla. Twister Conjures Echoes Of 1974 Disaster

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Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

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Mount Hope, W.Va., population 1,400, was once a thriving coal town. Today, many of the storefronts in its tiny downtown sit empty. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life

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The nation's last coal-burning ferry, the SS Badger, sits on Lake Michigan in the port town of Ludington, Mich. The EPA permit that has long allowed the ship to dump coal ash into the lake is now under review. Courtesy photo for NPR hide caption

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Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered

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