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In February, ahead of the Texas statewide primary, Carlos Vanegas at the Harris County Elections Office in Houston pushes a cart with mail-in ballots to be sent to voters. The county ultimately rejected thousands of the mail ballots it received back. Scott Dalton for NPR hide caption

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Elections

In Texas, thousands of mail ballots were rejected following new ID requirements

Perhaps most notably, Harris County rejected a whopping 19% percent of the mail ballots it received, or 6,888 ballots in total. Four years ago the county's rejection rate was about 0.3%.

Will Smith, one of the film's producers, says he got into character by speaking and dressing like Richard Williams. Chiabella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. hide caption

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'King Richard,' the Oscar-nominated film, authentically depicts the Williams' history

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A woman walks past a display showing currency exchange rates of the U.S. dollar and the euro against the Russian ruble in Moscow on Feb. 22. Russia owes over $100 million in interest payments for two bonds on Wednesday as fears grow that the country will default on its debt. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Fears are growing that Russia will default on its debt. Here's what you need to know

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Fed Chair Jerome Powell is pictured during his renomination hearing with the Senate Banking Committee in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11. The Fed raised interest rates on Wednesday for the first time since 2018. Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the first time since 2018

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A graduation themed mural is seen in July 2021 on the Howard University campus in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Politics

Education Department will provide grants for HBCUs targeted by bomb threats

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Education Department will provide grants for HBCUs targeted by bomb threats

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In February, ahead of the Texas statewide primary, Carlos Vanegas at the Harris County Elections Office in Houston pushes a cart with mail-in ballots to be sent to voters. The county ultimately rejected thousands of the mail ballots it received back. Scott Dalton for NPR hide caption

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In Texas, thousands of mail ballots were rejected following new ID requirements

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Arooj Aftab's heritage and penchant for mysticism come through in her music. Mengwen Cao for NPR hide caption

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The 2022 Grammy Awards

Arooj Aftab considers her Grammy nominations a triumph. But they won't define her

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Arooj Aftab considers her Grammy nominations a triumph. But they won't define her

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