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Craig Blackburn, left; Kyle Kosceilniak, center; and Hannah LaCour, members of the Louisiana delegation of the National Down Syndrome Society, practice their remarks while waiting to meet a Senate staffer. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Teaching Parents Of Kids With Disabilities To Fight Back

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Free College Advisers Make A Hard Decision Less Lonely

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Huchon writes five questions that can be used to evaluate the veracity of a news story. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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A Conspiracy Video Teaches Kids A Lesson About Fake News

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Rothschild's giraffe at Lake Nakuru, Great Rift Valley, Kenya. A community project at Kenya's Lake Baringo is attempting to save the subspecies. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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'A Silent Extinction': Finding Peace And Saving Giraffes On A Lake In Kenya

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Ibrar Hussein Mirzai, an 18-year-old Afghan, has received asylum in Hungary and hopes to eventually gain Hungarian citizenship. He is aware that Hungarians don't like refugees. "I am a normal person just like them," he says. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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Hungary Has A Xenophobia Problem

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Robert Hartmann meets with his tutor, Sandy DeLuck, at the public library in Winterport, Maine. Hartmann reads at about a first-grade level. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Casting Aside Shame And Stigma, Adults Tackle Struggles With Literacy

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Rescuers carry a Sherpa injured by an avalanche that flattened parts of Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and took at least 17 lives at Everest Base Camp, including seven Sherpas. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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One-Third Of Everest Deaths Are Sherpa Climbers

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Being in rural places means potential patients may often be isolated, low-income and not have easy access to transportation — and therefore difficult to serve. Christina Chung for NPR hide caption

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In A Border Region Where Immigrants Are Wary, A Health Center Travels To Its Patients

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How A Teacher In France Is Trying To Help His Students Spot Fake News

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Dwayne Wood behind the wheel of the "Heroin Hearse." Lynn Johnson for NPR hide caption

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Battling Heroin With A Hearse And A Prayer

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Alvin Irby, founder of Barbershop Books, is on a mission to get kids reading in the barbershop. Nickolai Hammer/NPR hide caption

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Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time

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Cathy Meaney (right), a volunteer with International Neighbors, sits with Rahim Nishat and two of his children in the Nishats' apartment in Charlottesville, Va. The Nishat family is from Afghanistan. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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90 Days To Start A New Life: For Refugees In The U.S., What Happens Next?

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Used car salesman Chris Edwards poses for a portrait at Automaxx in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Trevor Christensen/KUER hide caption

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A Student Solution To Give Utah Debtors A Fighting Chance

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Francisco Hidalgo prepares to receive a trigger point injection from Dr. Alexis LaPietra (right) at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., while Dr. Tyler Manis observes. An alternative to opioids, the trigger point injection involves dry needling to stop pain from a muscle spasm and a shot of local anesthetic for the soreness from the needle. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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ER Reduces Opioid Use By More Than Half With Dry Needles, Laughing Gas

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For refugees in Austria who choose to voluntarily go back to their countries of origin, a one-way trip to the Vienna International Airport marks the end of their journey in Europe. Hans Punz/AP hide caption

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A New Approach To Refugees: Pay Them To Go Home

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Subsidized Housing May Help School Districts Retain Teachers

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Why Foster Care Students In Seattle Are Beating The Odds

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Saving Lives Via Text Message

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