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Elena Biamon holds coffee berries grown on her farm near Jayuya, a town in Puerto Rico's mountainous interior. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

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PREPA's Central Palo Seco power station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The utility's bondholders want to raise rates. That's a challenge when the median income is about half that of Mississippi, yet the U.S. territory's energy costs are among the highest in the nation. Alvin Baez-Hernandez/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Power Problems: Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Faces Crippling Debt

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Dalma Cartagena teaches a class on agricultural science to elementary-school students in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. "I'm preparing them to make good decisions when it comes to the environment and healthy foods," she says. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

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Protesters gather April 30 outside Puerto Rico's Capitol building in San Juan to oppose Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's budget proposal. The plan would raise taxes to help cover the state's massive debt. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

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David Padilla with his grandchildren. Seventeen years ago, a judge found Padilla guilty of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Courtesy of the Padilla Family hide caption

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Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

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Stephanie George (right) with her daughter, Kendra, and son Courtney. They were 5 and 8 when she went to prison on a drug charge. Last December, President Obama commuted her sentence. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

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The shocking death of basketball player Len Bias from a cocaine overdose in 1986 led Congress to pass tough mandatory sentences for drug crimes. AP hide caption

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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NPR's series looks at the human toll of mandatory minimum prison sentences. The White House and the Justice Department have taken the unprecedented step of asking for candidates who might win early release from prison through presidential pardons or commutations in the final years of the Obama presidency. Dan Henson/iStockphoto hide caption

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Scott Pegau, a scientist at the Prince William Sound Science Center, studies the effects of spilled oil on the environment in Cordova, Alaska. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later

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Orca Inlet, Cordova's fishing harbor, on a blustery day this month. Commercial fishing is the small Alaskan town's primary industry. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

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Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges

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After Discharge Upgrade, Marine Finally Finds A Reason To Live

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Michael Hartnett was a Marine during the Gulf War and served in Somalia. He received a bad conduct discharge for abusing drugs and alcohol. His wife, Molly, helped him turn his life around. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

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For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment

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