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A man works in a Florida agricultural field on a hot, humid day in July 2023, one of the hottest months ever recorded in the state. There are no federal heat regulations. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Florida blocks heat protections for workers, just as summer approaches

Miami-Dade County had proposed rules that would give workers breaks, water, and shade when it's too hot. But a new state law prevents cities and counties from doing that.

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Colin Farrell unravels the mystery of the missing woman and himself in the neo-noir 'Sugar'

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Oscar-nominated actor about his new Apple TV+ series, Sugar. Like his character, Farrell says he used to play film clips in his head.

Colin Farrell unravels mystery of the missing woman and himself in neo-noir 'Sugar'

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The U.S. market for domestic mail delivery is by far the largest in the world, and a recent report found its prices are very low compared to other developed countries. The U.S. Postal Service said this week that it wants to raise rates in July. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Forever Stamp is forever rising in price. How does the U.S. cost compare globally?

U.S. stamps are heading for their sixth price hike since 2021. In raw numbers, only four countries in a recent study of 31 developed nations had cheaper stamps than the U.S.

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Wisconsin's 'Mad City' is a rational choice for Biden's appeal to youth

It is not much of an exaggeration, if it is one at all, that college towns are to the Democrats today what factory towns were through most of the 20th century.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks about the necessity to expand Medicaid in the state during a rally on March 6 in Topeka. Kelly on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP hide caption

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Kansas governor vetoes proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly also vetoed a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a "vague" bill making it a crime to coerce someone into having an abortion.

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Los Angeles needs more early education teachers. It's looking to train parents

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When Dana Carranza started her family, she put her own career goals on pause and needed extra support. Now she has that through a program that funds parents with kids in Head Start to take classes and become teachers in early education.

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Open Wall nights could lead to the next artistic visionary

An art gallery worker lost his job in February after hanging up his own art. NPR's Scott Simon thinks an Open Wall night might be a good way to give artists who are not huge names a chance to shine.

Opinion: Open Wall nights could lead to the next artistic visionary

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Some California users of Google were not able to access local news on Friday after the tech giant restricted news links in the state in response to a bill that would force the tech giant to pay publishers. Don Ryan/AP hide caption

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Google blocks California news in response to bill that would force tech giant to pay

The company on Friday said it has started blocking California-based news outlets to protest a pending bill that supporters say would extend a lifeline to the ailing news industry.

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