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UPDATE: First Swine Flu Death In U.S.

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Texas' health officials say a Mexican toddler who is the first confirmed U.S. death from swine flu arrived in Texas from Mexico on April 4 and developed flu symptoms four days later.

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Conn. Man Recognized By Obama As Teacher Of Year

Posted: 04/29/2009 - A special education teacher and former police officer was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday as the 2009 National Teacher of the Year.

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First Lady Honors Abolitionist Sojourner Truth

Posted: 04/29/2009 - First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday reflected on her own family's rise from slavery to the White House as she helped to unveil a statue of abolitionist Sojourner Truth — the first black woman to be so honored at the Capitol.

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Student Success Still A Mixed Bag

Posted: 04/29/2009 - The basic math and reading skills of USA students have slowly, surely improved over the past 30 to 40 years, new findings show, with sharp increases among many of the nation's lowest-performing students — especially in the past four years.

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Voting Rights Case At High Court Wednesday

Posted: 04/29/2009 - Congress' decision to extend a key provision of the Voting Rights Act for 25 years is at the core of a case being argued before the Supreme Court.

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White House Will Probe Presidential Plane PR Stunt

Posted: 04/29/2009 - The White House plans an inquiry into a low-flying photo shoot by a presidential plane that panicked New Yorkers and cost taxpayers $328,835. President Barack Obama said Tuesday it won't happen again.

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Kan. Gets New Gov. After Sebelius Goes To HHS

Posted: 04/29/2009 - Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, wooed from the Republican Party three years ago by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to become her running mate, became governor Tuesday when Sebelius resigned upon her confirmation as U.S. health and human services secretary.

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Specter's Defection To Democrats Roils Republicans

Posted: 04/29/2009 - Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is a Democrat again following a decades-long turn among Republicans, a defection that has the GOP warning about the perils of unchecked power only a few years after it controlled both the White House and Congress.

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Bus Crash In California Kills 5 French Tourists

Posted: 04/29/2009 - Luggage and bodies were left strewn around a central California highway after a bus carrying French tourists overturned on an overpass, killing at least five and injuring dozens.

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Reaction To State Pay Cuts

Updated: 04/30/2009 - State workers are reacting in a variety of ways to Governor Beverly Perdue's plan to cut their salary.05 percent to help deal with the state budget deficit.

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NC House Approves Widening Innocence Panel's Power

Posted: 04/28/2009 - North Carolina lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a trio of crime bills that cover issues ranging from freeing the wrongfully convicted more quickly to making it harder for confessed criminals to change their stories.

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US Wants Ingredient In Swine Flu Vaccine By May

Posted: 04/28/2009 - U.S. scientists hope to have a key ingredient for a swine flu vaccine ready in early May, but tell The Associated Press that the novel virus grows slowly in eggs -- the chief way flu vaccines are made.

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State Employees Getting Pay Cuts

Updated: 04/30/2009 - Governor Beverly Perdue says state employees will have their salaries cut as the state budget shortfall approaches $3 billion.

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