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Police In Utah Seek Answers After 7 Dead Babies Found

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:33

The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

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Supremacist ID'd As Suspect In Kansas Attacks

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:12

The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist.

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Official Says Sub Will Be Used In Search For Jet

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:06

Crews will for the first time send a robotic sub into the Indian Ocean. It's trying to determine whether signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes

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Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 23:22

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.

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A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 23:20

Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.

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Legal marijuana creates Denver warehouse shortage

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-04-13 22:09

Business is booming for recreational marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, the first of their kind in the nation. Their success has tightened the commercial real estate market and raised warehouse rental rates, in what may be a sign of things to come for other states.

The shortage of warehouse space is particularly acute in the Denver region, where the vacancy rate has dropped from 6.1 percent to 4.2 percent in 2013. Since January, when Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot, dispensaries have been gobbling up warehouses to meet strong demand. So strong, in fact, that some dispensaries have been forced to ration their supplies. 

“We used to see approximately 100 people through our store every day. Now, we’re seeing approximately 300 people through our store every day,” says Luke Ramirez, co-owner of the Walking Raven dispensary - one of the first medical marijuana shops in Colorado to start selling recreational pot. 

Dispensaries can’t buy pot from outside providers, so they need warehouses to grow all of their own supply. 

“We have seen a dramatic increase in people who are looking for warehouse space, and a dramatic decrease in the amount of available warehouse space in Colorado, and especially in the metro Denver area,” says Taylor West, a spokesperson for the National Cannabis Industry Association. “Warehouse space that for some amount of time may have been difficult to sell, or harder to lease, are now in high demand in the area.” 

Landlords have been asking for increasingly higher rents. Ramirez, who pegs the current rent for one of his two warehouses at $20 per square foot -- the national average is $5 per square foot --  has been shopping for a third warehouse. He has seen more than a dozen properties. But so far, he says his insistence on due diligence, to have properties inspected and assessed, means he has been slower than his competition and lost out. In other instances, Ramirez found the landlord’s demands simply too expensive. 

“They want too much sometimes. They want a right to our profit sharing. It can become a much more complicated deal than just simply a tenant, landlord lease,” Ramirez says. 

The rise in warehouse rental rates is not uniform across the Denver industrial real estate market. It has been particularly acute for Colorado’s marijuana industry, because of its needs for particular kinds of warehouses that have the proper zoning, location, and potential to meet the high electricity demands of a pot growing operation. But, as prices have risen and supplies dwindled, other industries that require warehouses have begun to feel the impacts. Denver’s commercial real estate agents report a very tight market and rising rents for all kinds of warehouses. 

“Everything I’ve read and heard from realtors is, it’s not only about fully leased, but also leasing at a little bit higher rates than in our history,” says Kelly Brough, CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

Alaskan voters will decide in a ballot measure this summer whether to become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana. Taylor West expects to see a similar story for the commercial real estate industry there, and in other states that have legalized pot. 

“Each state is handling the regulations around growing slightly differently. So, it depends on the cultivation rules that are being put in place," West says. "And in some of these cases, either the state is involved in the growing or is pinpointing the areas where the grows can happen, but regardless, it’s going to be an area that continues to need more space." 

Kiev Government To Deploy Troops In Ukraine's East

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 18:53

Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east

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Bubba Watson Dons Green Jacket For Second Time At Masters

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 15:04

After a blustery final round at Augusta National, Bubba Watson earned his second win at the prestigious Masters golf championship on Sunday.

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Drought Could Complicate Already Difficult Food Crisis In Syria

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 14:07

The World Food Programme is moving about 40,000 tons of food around Syria each month, navigating conflict zones and checkpoints. And now a potential drought could hurt food production in the country.

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3 Dead After Shootings At Jewish Facilities Near Kansas City

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 13:21

One shooting took place at a Jewish community center and another happened at an assisted-living facility. Authorities say a person of interest is in custody, The Associated Press reports.

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Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 13:03

In Chile, a large fire has reportedly killed at least 11 people and destroyed 500 homes. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate areas near the port city of Valparaiso.

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Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 12:59

The U.S. tax code, which dates back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet, can work against dual-income spouses. In some cases, it's cheaper for one spouse to stay home.

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Keep It Brief, Commencement Speakers! No One Will Remember Anyway

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 12:59

Former college President Hal Wilde has endured dozens of graduation ceremonies. He says procuring the speaker was one of his most annoying tasks. And for what? Students rarely remember the message.

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'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 12:32

After a court found Edmond Aviv had abused his neighbors with racial slurs and pranks, he was forced to sit by a busy street with a sign proclaiming, "I am a bully."

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'Pay Secrecy' Policies At Work: Often Illegal, And Misunderstood

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 11:12

President Obama has signed an order that reinforces part of a law that's existed for nearly 80 years: Employees can discuss compensation without fear of retaliation. Here's what you should know.

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A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 11:06

Lotte turned 14 in October; that led her father, Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester, to make a new "time lapse edit" of the images he has collected since her birth.

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Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 08:51

Though the sample of results released Sunday is based on less than 7 percent of the total vote, analysts say a runoff is likely.

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In Jordan Spieth, Golf World Looks For Its Next Tiger — Again

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 07:51

Even Tiger Woods didn't make the cut at the Masters when he was 20, but Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under par going into Sunday's final round.

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Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 07:38

You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what the backers of the machine have in mind.

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Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 07:32

Policymakers are weighing the costs and benefits of universal preschool, trying to determine what works in the classroom. One of the places they're looking is Boston.

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