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Simeon Peterson, known as "Mr. Pete," in 2009. Patients at Carville leprosarium often used bicycles to get from building to building, which were connected by covered passageways. Vickie Joseph/Courtesy National Hansen's Disease Museum hide caption

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States Say They Need Federal Government's Help To Secure Midterm Elections

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Christine Thompson lives in Milwaukee with her children ages 7 and 3. They have been served a "Notice to Vacate" by their landlord for not paying rent. In Wisconsin, and most other areas of the country, landlords may evict tenants during any time of the year, including during the winter. Coburn Dukehart for NPR hide caption

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As Temperatures Fall, No Halt To Evictions Across Most Of The Country

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A Year After Russia Meddling, Off-Year Elections Are Monitored

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A bell ringer with the Salvation Army in New York City in 2014. Nonprofit groups estimate that the new tax bill proposed by House Republicans could reduce charitable giving by $13 billion annually. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign appears outside the room where the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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James Brown, who was homeless for more than 20 years in Los Angeles, in his apartment building in East Hollywood. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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In A Push To House The Homeless, High Prices Are Eroding Gains

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A roll of "I Voted" stickers sits on a table at an elementary school during the U.S. presidential election on November 8, 2016 in Dearborn, Mich. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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While Homelessness Escalates In Los Angeles, A Push For Veterans Got Him Off The Street

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From left, Bill Wanlund of the Falls Church electoral board, Jessica Wilson of voting machine company Hart InterCivic and David Bjerke, the Falls Church director of elections test the city's new voting machines ahead of this November's election. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Learning 2016's Lessons, Virginia Prepares Election Cyberdefenses

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Virginia Election Serves As First Test Of U.S. Voting System Security

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Russian-backed hackers targeted election systems in 21 states but federal officials had not told state election officials which states were targeted until now. Tami Chapell/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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