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First Edition Oct 5: National Polls for 2016 Presidential Race; Child Shot in Waverly

Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze join Sean Yoes for national politics and local news. In the national polls, Clinton is fighting back and we continue to wait on the possible Joe Biden run. And in Baltimore, a 9-year-old was shot in Waverly. Yoes, Byrd, and Breeze discuss the role law enforcement plays in the community, and the ongoing struggle against violence and homicide.
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Paper or plastic? If you're at a restaurant in the coastal city of Fort Bragg, Calif., that's what you can expect your food to be served on these days.

The drought-stricken city, located about 170 miles north of San Francisco, recently declared a "stage 3" water emergency, which makes it mandatory for businesses and residents to reduce water usage.

Life has not quite returned to normal yet for Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school. The 14-year-old is now touring parts of the Middle East, along with his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed.

If we're agreed that there's too much good television, then Hulu increasing its presence in scripted originals might seem like just another drop in an already overflowing bucket. But with its new comedy-drama/dramatic-comedy Casual, the first two episodes of which are now available with a Hulu subscription, it makes a pretty good argument for itself.

For the first time, primitive human kidneys have been created in a laboratory dish, by using stem cells.

Although the kidneys cannot perform the functions of a fully formed adult kidney, the researchers hope the achievement will someday lead to new ways to treat people suffering from kidney failure.

Grapes, including raisins, are the third largest crop in California grossing almost $6 billion in 2014. Harvesting the labor-intensive crop takes thousands of workers. But a new raisin grape variety bred in Central California could severely decrease that need for workers.

It takes a lot of hand labor to harvest raisins, three or more rounds of pruning, quality control and picking. And to pay those workers costs a lot of money. That's why the raisin industry is desperately searching for a way to spend less on labor creating a larger profit margin.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan lowered the flag and boxed up their gear at the end of last year as President Obama declared the formal end to 13 years of U.S. combat operations.

With his ambulance sirens blaring, Edmund Hassan is speeding to a home in South Boston, after getting a call that someone there is unconscious. He's deputy superintendent of Boston Emergency Medical Services, and he suspects an opioid overdose. These days, he says, his workers have to administer Narcan, the drug that reverses that kind of overdose, roughly three times in every eight-hour shift.

If you don't know New York City's subway system, the sly title of Patti Smith's new memoir M Train will whiz right on by you. There is no "M Train" in New York; rather, this is a Magical Mystery line that only Smith rides, her snaking Mental trains of thought carrying her far off into Memoryland, as well as into reveries on subjects as wide-ranging as her passionate appetite for detective stories, and her surprising membership in an elite scientific society devoted to the subject of continental drift.

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The United Nations Refugee Agency and Kickstarter have joined forces in an effort to raise money to help migrants fleeing the violence in Syria.

In a video, Anne-Marie Gray, executive director and CEO of USA for UNHCR, said this "human tragedy" is the "largest migration crisis of our time."

And, she added, "We all have a responsibility."


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Watch Kamasi Washington as he sits down with the Bassman on the Cool Jazz Countdown

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Wilton Felder passed away on September 27th. He was the last surviving member of the original Jazz Crusaders.
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