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VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock

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From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern

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Paroled From Life Sentences, Aging Ex-Cons Find World That Didn't Wait

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John Huckleberry sits in the back seat of a friend's car on the way back from visiting inmates at Sterling Correctional Facility. After 30 years in prison, Huckleberry — who was released in 2012 — helps aging inmates prepare for life outside prison. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Listen: Part 1

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Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

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Library Of Congress Searches For Missing Jefferson Books

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Dr. Jay Chapman, pictured here in 2007, developed the original formula for lethal injections with the intention of making executions in the U.S. more humane. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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The Executioner's Lament

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Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., speaks during a December 2013 news conference in Washington to discuss the introduction of a legislative package of major mental health reforms. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance

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The Prison Rape Elimination Act standards are now taking effect in many states. Three auditors recently questioned staffers at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a practice inspection. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky

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Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

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A 132-year-old building owned by the federal government, just six blocks from the White House, has been sitting empty for three decades. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions

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Critics Question FDA's Approval Of Zohydro

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Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed Feb. 26 for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, but the state is having trouble finding the necessary drugs. AP/Missouri Correctional Office hide caption

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Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply

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Experts say today's heroin problem can be traced back to the aggressive prescribing of opioid drugs like OxyContin about 15 years ago. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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