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WNIJ's midday news magazine keeps you up-to-date with the news between Morning Edition and All Things ConsideredHere & Now combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversation to form a fast-paced program that updates the news from the morning and adds important conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, and the arts: film, theater, music, food, and more.

The Obama administration today directed $13.4 million to regional drug control agencies known as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), including $2.5 million for what the White House is calling “an unprecedented partnership” between five regional HIDTA programs in the Northeast.

That smaller pot of money would be used to hire new police officers, as well as public health officials who would work together across state lines to identify targets and see where heroin is coming from.

Correction: The audio above inaccurately describes the accusations against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood’s critics say the video shows staff discussing the sale of fetal tissue, but Planned Parenthood says the tissue has been donated, not sold, and that only the organization’s costs have been covered. We regret the error.

An explosion today at a popular shrine in central Bangkok has reportedly killed more than a dozen people. The blast was detonated at a busy downtown intersection where political demonstrations have taken place in recent years. The Erawan Shrine, a tourist landmark that is also popular with Bangkok’s residents, sits at that intersection, as does a five-star hotel.

Mangoes For The Masses

Aug 14, 2015

Mango season is just about over in South Florida, where one group has been spreading the “king of fruits'” wealth. Mangoes to Share has donated more than 700 pounds of mangoes this summer to homeless shelters.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WLRN’s Alexander Gonzalez reports.

One Man's Story Of Texting While Driving

Aug 14, 2015

MTV is featuring the story of Reggie Shaw, who was 19 years old when he driving his truck and sent a text to his girlfriend. His truck crossed the road’s center line, hitting an oncoming car. The two men inside were killed.

This week, McDonald’s announced that it’s planning to close more restaurants that it’s opening in the United States this year. It’s the first time in 40 years that the fast-food chain has scaled back like this.

McDonald’s has been struggling to lift itself from its worst sales slump in more than a decade. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Michael Regan of Bloomberg News about the announcement.

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Life Beyond Cecil The Lion In Zimbabwe

Aug 13, 2015

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe caught the world’s attention and raised questions about wildlife conservation there. But there are other problems affecting the people of Zimbabwe.

The economy is severely struggling, its agricultural industry has collapsed, and the government has committed human rights violations. Many wonder how much longer Robert Mugabe, who is 91 and has been in power since 1980, will be the president, and who might succeed him.

'Sesame Street' Strikes New Deal With HBO

Aug 13, 2015

Elmo and friends have a new home.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group responsible for “Sesame Street,” has made a deal to bring the next five seasons of the show to HBO starting this fall. The deal, which has “Sesame Street” exclusively on HBO for nine months before being made available through PBS again, is a big boost to the show’s funding, allowing the show to expand from an 18-episode season to a 35-episode season.

Arian Foster Is The Anti-Tim Tebow

Aug 13, 2015

The Houston Texas running back says in a magazine article that he doesn’t believe in God, becoming the NFL’s only spokesman for atheism.

His brother Abdul called him “the anti-Tim Tebow,” a comparison to the quarterback who became famous for his outspoken religious views, often kneeling in prayer on the field.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson asks our sports analyst, Mike Pesca, why this matters and how it’s reverberating in the NFL.

Despite intense lobbying by human rights groups, Amnesty International has voted to support the decriminalization of the sex trade.

The group says the policy is based on the idea that sex between consenting adults should not be subject to state interference. They believe it is the best way to protect sex workers and will help make their lives safer.

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