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When one of Jose Nuñez' retinas was damaged by diabetes in 2016, the Los Angeles truck driver expected his Medicaid managed care policy to coordinate treatment. But Centene, the private insurer that manages his policy gave him the runaround, he says, and he lost sight in that eye. Heidi de Marco/KHN hide caption

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Private Medicaid Plans Receive Billions in Tax Dollars, With Little Oversight

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More than two-thirds of Medicaid recipients are enrolled in privately run Medicaid managed care programs. Yet the evidence is thin these contractors improve patient care or save the government money.

Former Marine Josh Onan talks with George Kevin Flood, a staff psychiatrist at the San Diego VA. Onan is taking advantage of a year-old program that makes VA care available to people with less-than-honorable military discharges. Katie Schoolov/KPBS hide caption

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VA Struggles To Reach Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help

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VA says 115 vets with other-than-honorable discharges received mental health care last year under a new program. Veterans advocates say it's a tiny fraction of such vets who need help.

VA Struggles To Reach Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg speaks during a joint statement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday. The following day, Solberg apologized to the "German girls" who faced government retaliation for their relationships with occupying German forces during World War II. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Norway Apologizes To Women Who Faced Reprisals For Wartime Relations With Nazis

Women who had relationships with occupying German soldiers faced official retaliation after the war. "For many, this was just a teenage love," Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.

Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Tyler, an 82-year-old woman incarcerated at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, was sentenced to life in prison in 1978. She is an avid reader, artist and pianist; is employed as a court reporter; and has accumulated a handful of degrees since she was incarcerated. Jessica Earnshaw for NPR hide caption

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In Iowa, A Commitment To Make Prison Work Better For Women

Prison rules created to control men often don't work well for women, who come with different histories and experiences. "Gender-responsive corrections" aims to treat women based on these differences.

In Iowa, A Commitment To Make Prison Work Better For Women

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A British advertising watchdog group ruled on Wednesday that the Spotify horror ad is "likely to cause undue distress to children." Chester Bennington Original Source/Screenshot by NPR/Chester Bennington hide caption

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Watchdog Group Finds Spotify Ad Is Too Scary For Kids, Causes 'Distress'

In 60 seconds, the commercial showcases a medley of horror film tropes, including a maniacal doll that presumably kills a group of young people whenever they play a catchy pop song.

In this photograph of a Greenland research site, arrows indicate the structures that a 2016 team of paleontologists suggested were created by microbial life. Notice that while most of the structures point in one direction, the red arrow shows that some point in the other direction. That's a hint, other scientists now say, that these structures did not all grow upward from the sea floor. Courtesy of Abigail Allwood hide caption

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Geologists Question 'Evidence Of Ancient Life' In 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Rocks

A new analysis of what were initially thought to be microbial fossils in Greenland suggests they might instead just be mineral structures created when ancient tectonic forces squeezed stone.

Seth Frotman, former student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, poses at NPR headquarters in September. Frotman and his team reviewed thousands of complaints about the questionable practices of student loan companies. Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving

Ninety-nine percent of applications for Public Service Loan Forgiveness have been denied. A former student loan watchdog saw it coming.

Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, seen campaigning in Houston this month, has launched his first attack ads on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz as he tries to regain traction in the last weeks of the campaign. Loren Elliott/Getty Images hide caption

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Beto O'Rourke Goes On The Attack Against Ted Cruz

Lagging in the polls, the Democratic candidate challenging Sen. Cruz, R-Texas, has entered a new phase in his attempt to pull off a big upset. Attack ads followed a fiery debate on Tuesday.

Beto O'Rourke Goes On The Attack Against Ted Cruz

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In Danger Of Losing, Iowa Governor Enlists Republican Heavy Hitters Ahead Of Midterms

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So far, there are more than 10 very competitive races for governor across the country. One of them is in Iowa, where the incumbent Republican can't seem to pull ahead of her Democratic challenger.

In Danger Of Losing, Iowa Governor Enlists Republican Heavy Hitters Ahead Of Midterms

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Lance Erwin works with a neighbor in Mexico Beach, Fla., to repair parts of his roof after it was blown off by Hurricane Michael. Rules are looser in the Pandhandle, allowing construction that couldn't stand up to the storm's 155 mph winds. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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After Hurricane Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida's Panhandle

Florida has some of the nation's toughest building codes. But the rules are looser in the Panhandle, allowing construction that couldn't stand up to the storm's 155 mph winds.

After Hurricane Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida's Panhandle

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Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people. Courtesy of Lacey Roberts/Texas A&M University hide caption

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Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat

Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.

Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat

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