More than three in five young Americans prefer that a Democrat win the White House in 2016 rather than a Republican. And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is alone among the five major presidential hopefuls still in the race who has a net positive favorability rating.

Those are two of the findings in a new survey of American adults under 30 years old by Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Studies show prisoners who stay connected with their families have lower recidivism.  Yet, the cost of keeping in touch is proving quite high for many.  Prison phone call rates are unregulated.

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Child protection investigators in Illinois can now get hands-on training in the state's capitol.

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A man who says he was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has sued the Illinois Republican. The alleged victim says he received only $1.7 million of $3.5 million Hastert promised him to keep quiet, NPR's David Schaper reports.

Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for crimes related to the hush money. He pleaded guilty to structuring cash withdrawals to get around requirements that the bank report big transactions to the federal government.

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For more than a generation, health experts have hailed China's vaccination program as a success in eliminating preventable diseases like polio and tetanus. Advances in the country's public health have benefited from — and enabled — rapid economic growth.

But since last month, a nationwide scandal involving the illegal resale of vaccines has dented public confidence in the program, ignited public anger at the government and added fuel to ongoing small-scale street protests by parents who believed vaccines have injured or sickened their children.

From traditional tributes to contemporary songs of concern for our wild places, this week's music sings of the unspoiled landscapes we love and challenges us to sustain them. Hear songs from the wilderness by Nuala Kennedy, Karan Casey, Tony McManus and more.

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Metropolis: 4/23/16

Apr 25, 2016
This Week's Playlist

  • Bob Moses, "Tearing Me Up" (Domino)
  • Classixx, "Grecian Summer" (Innovative Leisure)
  • Underworld, "Nylon Strung" (Ume)
  • Boys Noize, "Euphoria (feat. Remy Banks)" (Boysnoize)
  • Riton, "Rinse & Repeat (feat. Kah-Lo)" (Riton Time)
  • Justin Martin, "Hello Clouds (feat. Femme)" (Dirtybird)
  • Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points, "Calm Down" (Rinse)
  • Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime [Leftside Wobble Dub]"

Charter Communications has bid more than $88 billion to buy its larger rival, Time Warner Cable, and a smaller competitor called Bright House Networks — and it's closing in on the required regulatory approval from federal authorities.

The deal would be yet another major shakeup in the telecom industry: It would form the second-largest Internet provider, behind Comcast, and the third-largest video provider, behind Comcast and the newly merged AT&T/DirecTV.

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