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The Virginia Department of Corrections recorded the execution of Travis Spencer's brother. Spencer wants his tape published to hold the state accountable. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Investigations

Families of executed prisoners want death penalty tapes made public

Virginia said it's keeping execution tapes secret to protect the privacy of the relatives of the prisoners the state recorded. But the families NPR talked with said they want the tapes published.

The Virginia Department of Corrections recorded the execution of Travis Spencer's brother. Spencer wants his tape published to hold the state accountable. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Investigations

Families of executed prisoners want death penalty tapes made public

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Families of executed prisoners want death penalty tapes made public

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Secretary Xavier Becerra, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra announced Wednesday his agency is seeing record enrollment numbers for Affordable Care Act health plans. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for National Urban League hide caption

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Shots - Health News

For the third year in a row, ACA health insurance plans see record signups

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For the third year in a row, ACA health insurance plans see record signups

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Kurt Panton, his wife, Lizzy, and their daughter, Pauline. His federal student loans have been canceled by a new Biden administration policy meant to remedy past failures with income-driven repayment plans. Patrick Junker for NPR hide caption

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The Student Loan Restart

A story of student loan forgiveness, 20 years in the making

8 min

A story of student loan forgiveness, 20 years in the making

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Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro speaks in Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 4, 2023. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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U.S. strikes prisoner swap deal with Venezuela, plus extradition of 'Fat Leonard'

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