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YouthBuild Illinois Receives Federal Funding For At-Risk Youth; Women Of Color In Science

On the 21st: A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to Illinois to strengthen job programs for at-risk youth. We speak with Sen. Dick Durbin about the importance of these kinds of job programs and check in with two of the organizations that have received funding. Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with reporters outside his home in Springfield, Illinois on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
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Durbin On American Health Care Act: ‘I’m Now A Pre-Existing Condition’

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is putting his heart into attacking the Republican health care bill — literally. Durbin is citing his own recent cardiac procedure to point out what he and other Democrats say are flaws in the legislation. Speaking Sunday outside his Springfield home, Durbin says he “feel(s) recovered” and is returning to Washington Monday. There he plans to urge his Senate colleagues to reject the health care bill passed last week in the House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump.
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Republicans Kill Health Care Vote As GOP Members Defect

House Republicans have scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. NPR's Susan Davis reports that GOP leadership says the Friday afternoon vote is now scrapped after House Speaker Paul Ryan made a last-minute trip to the White House to tell President Trump that the votes weren't there to pass their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. Trump agreed with Ryan's plan to halt the vote.

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