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The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn a proposal that could have fundamentally changed the flow of federal dollars to schools that serve low-income students.

On a chilly winter morning, dozens of truck driver trainees file into a classroom at the headquarters of Prime Inc., a trucking company based in Springfield, Mo.

At the front is Siphiwe Baleka, an energetic former swimming champion in his mid-40s. He delivers grim news about trucker health to the new recruits.

"If you haven't started to think about this, you need to start right now," Baleka says. "You are about to enter the most unhealthy occupation in America."

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In a tense hearing Thursday morning, the new administration's Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin faced scrutiny from Democratic senators concerned about him profiting handsomely off homeowners who lost their homes during the housing crisis.

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This weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans will be taking to the streets — waving signs, yelling slogans and pumping their fists — to protest the inauguration.

If you happen to be one of those protesters, you might have this nagging question in the back of your mind: Will any of it make a difference?

Today's Morning Edition music is from the Roy Hargrove quartet.

Hargrove is a Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter. He was born in Texas, and started playing trumpet at a young age.

Reknowned trumpet player Wynton Marsalis actually visited Hargrove's high school and recognized his talent, boosting his career.

He's now known for experimenting with a host of different musical styles. That includes Latin and Cuban music, string ballads and hip-hop.

He's in town this week for four shows at the Dakota Jazz Club. The last two are Thursday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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U.S. B-2 stealth bombers struck two ISIS training camps in the Libyan desert Wednesday night, the Pentagon said.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the camps housed ISIS fighters, many of whom had escaped the group's former stronghold in Sirte, on Libya's central coast. He added that officials are still working to assess the impact of the strikes, but they believe more than 80 ISIS fighters were killed.

Noor Salman, the wife of the man who killed 49 people last June at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., has pleaded not guilty to two federal charges.

Salman was arrested earlier this week and charged with providing material support to a terrorist and obstruction of justice for allegedly knowing about Omar Mateen's plan to slaughter people at the nightclub.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen was killed by police.

Among the many things President Obama will be handing off to his successor this week: stubborn wars in three separate countries.

Obama came to office eight years ago vowing to end U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet President-elect Trump stands to inherit the nation's longest war ever in Afghanistan, as well as renewed fighting in Iraq that has spread to Syria.

The attorney for the leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation is facing three charges in connection with a dramatic incident that played out as his client was acquitted last fall.

Marcus Mumford was tased by U.S. Marshals on Oct. 27, just after he learned his client, Ammon Bundy, and six others were found not guilty of conspiring to occupy the Oregon wildlife refuge.

Former Gov. Rick Perry is testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today in the final step ahead of a possible confirmation to lead the Department of Energy in the Trump administration. 

Watch a live stream of the proceedings below courtesy of PBS NewsHour.

More than two dozen Jewish community centers across the U.S. reported receiving false bomb threats on Wednesday. It's the second wave of bomb threats in two weeks: On Jan. 9, 16 community centers received threats in a single day.

No actual bombs have been found, according to the JCC Association of North America, and many centers have already reopened and resumed regular operations.

Throughout 2017, Minnesota Public Radio will celebrate 50 years on the air by sharing highlights from our archives, connecting Minnesota's past to its present. | This conversation originally aired Nov. 6, 1998.

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On the morning of Nov. 4, 1998, Jesse Ventura was tired. He had just upset two political heavyweights to win the race for Minnesota governor.