RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
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California, which has seen a ban on plastic bags, now could ban a balloon. State lawmakers have voted to ban metallic helium balloons, saying they drift into power lines and cause outages. In New York City, where there is neither a ban on bags nor balloons, an art student has taken to crafting animals from plastic bags. He puts them on subway grates. Passing trains inflate them, bringing to life a polar bear and a 6-foot giraffe.
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