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Finally today, let's take a minute to congratulate our graduating seniors. But according to our next guest, we might want to take another minute to congratulate the senior pranksters. They've been busy this year already. Students in Chandler, Ariz., managed to park several cars in the school's main hallway. This week, high school students in Northborough, Mass., brought a goat and a chicken into school in the middle of the night.

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to talk about an overlooked economic force. We are talking about women. In recent years, a lot of advocates and activists have talked about the global economic importance of educating girls and women. But there's an aspect of this that seems to have been overlooked, and that is the financial education of women.

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We turn now to an unexpected consequence of getting caught up in the justice system. By now, many people know that getting involved in a criminal proceeding can be expensive. But they're probably thinking about attorneys' fees. What you might not know about - unless you've been there - are the other fees that are increasingly being charged to defendants when they go through court or to prison or receive probation or parole.

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Teenagers get in trouble for skipping school, breaking curfew or buying cigarettes, but in one Tennessee county, that can mean jail. Susan Ferriss reported on this for the Center for Public Integrity.

Why Does Thailand Have So Many Coups?

May 22, 2014

Thailand has a beloved king. The country has had one of the more prosperous economies in Asia. It's a magnet for Western tourists. Its history is largely peaceful. By most measures, Thailand has been very successful.

So why has the country now had a dozen coups, plus many more attempted coups, since it ended its absolute monarchy and became a constitutional monarchy in 1932?

America’s biggest bank will give $100 million — $20 million a year for five years — to revitalize Detroit.

JPMorgan Chase’s Executive Vice President Peter Scher told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that about half of the money will be in the form of loans to two community development financial institutions, Invest Detroit, and Capital Impact Partners. The other half of the total money will be directed to fighting blight in concert with the Detroit Land Bank and the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force.

Detroit might be going through bankruptcy, but the commerce of Detroit is growing in some areas. A new business that will open this summer is the latest in a fast-growing trend.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Lester Graham of Michigan Radio reports on Detroit City Distillery, the second distillery in Detroit, and one of about three dozen in Michigan.

Across the country, heat-related deaths in prisons are highlighting a pervasive problem: elderly inmates, and those using certain kinds of medications, are at high risk of overheating in uncooled prisons.

David Fathi is director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, and he’s successfully challenged prison conditions in Wisconsin, Arizona and Mississippi.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki met with President Obama at the White House to talk about the response to the ongoing scandal involving health care for veterans.

It started at the VA facility in Phoenix where there were allegations that vets there died while waiting for health care. There are also charges that some VA employees cooked the books to make it look like veterans were being seen promptly.

Former stars Richard Dent and Jim McMahon are among the former NFL players suing the league, alleging illegal and rampant misuse of pain-killing medications they claim led to debilitating injuries and long-term health problems.

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco yesterday, McMahon claims he suffered a broken neck and a broken ankle during his career, but was given painkillers and pushed back on the field to play.

A new musical style of fusion is sweeping through Latin America, and also popping up in the U.S., as DJ Luis Espada tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Espada, who was born in Madrid and grew up in Mexico, is part of the music and art collective known as Peligrosa.

Six states held primaries on Tuesday in what turned out to be the Super Tuesday of the 2014 mid-term election cycle.

Among the many races, one of the most noteworthy was in Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell beat out Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin. In fact, overall it seemed GOP voters chose “establishment” Republicans over Tea Party activists.

Floodwaters are finally receding in parts of Bosnia and Serbia, after six days of the heaviest rainfall there in 120 years.

The deluge of rain caused rivers to flood banks and triggered hundreds of landslides. More than 40 people have been confirmed dead, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

Officials in Bosnia are saying the damage is worse and the recovery could cost more than the Bosnian War in the mid-1990s.

China And Russia Sign 30 Year Gas Deal

May 22, 2014

After 10 years of negotiations, China and Russia have made a major deal to import natural gas from Russia to China by pipeline.

The gas will be sent through a new eastern pipeline that has yet to be built.

As Joe Weisenthal, executive editor at Business Insider tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson, this is a big deal for Russia, given European sanctions over its intervention in Ukraine.

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