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Here! Now! In the moment! Paddling in the middle of a fast moving stream of news and information, Here & Now is public radio's daily news magazine.

The deadly bird flu strain H5N2 continues to plague poultry farms across the Midwest, including a major commercial operation in Iowa. The initial outbreak occurred in Osceola County, though the Iowa Poultry Association has not yet released the name of the farm.

Poultry producers are being forced to cull their entire populations – almost 8 million birds. Yesterday, Hormel Foods Corporation said that it will be selling less turkey this year because of H5N2.

Lessons From India's Tech Industry

Apr 21, 2015

India is now the world’s fastest growing economy, beating out China. For those in the tech industry, that may come as no surprise, with the country’s strong ecosystem for both homegrown startups and overseas giants.

Companies like Amazon have poured billions into the country to compete with India’s Flipkart, and Uber’s local rival Ola Cabs has kept its footing by raising hundreds of millions of dollars.

The African Union and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating to create the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The African CDC will serve the whole continent of Africa.

The idea for the African CDC came about before last year’s Ebola outbreak, but has been fast-tracked to serve future health emergencies. The public health institute will launch later this year with an African Surveillance and Response Unit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Showdown

Apr 21, 2015

A federal judge in Wisconsin is hearing a somewhat unusual case today. The former chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is suing her fellow justices in order to retain her top spot on the court.

The dispute stems from a constitutional amendment approved by Wisconsin voters earlier this month which changes the way the chief justice of the state’s highest court is selected.

On April 21, 1865, President Lincoln’s funeral procession set out from Washington, D.C. by train, on its way to Springfield, Ill.

Like a 19th century Air Force One, “it was a specially built private car for presidential use,” Scott Trostle, author of  “The Lincoln Funeral Train,” told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

The first wave of millions of homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure may soon be on the market to get back into buying real estate.

These so-called “boomerang buyers” are now past the seven-year window they need to begin repairing their credit to qualify to buy a new home.

CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins about these boomerang buyers and how they may change the housing market in the next decade.

Comcast And Time Warner Work To Save Merger

Apr 20, 2015

This week, Comcast and Time Warner will sit down with Justice Department officials in the hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger alive.

It’s been more than 14 months since the cable mega-merger was announced, and this marks the first face-to-face meeting with regulators. This meeting will likely focus on possible concessions to address the government’s concerns.

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic joins Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins with details.

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Island Pond, Vermont, is home to only about 900 people, but it could become the maple sugar capital of North America. A company called Sweet Tree has bought about 7,000 acres in the Northeast Kingdom village and tapped 100,000 trees this year.

The thing is, they don’t want to make the stuff you pour on pancakes. Charlotte Albright, from Here & Now contributor Vermont Public Radio, explains why.

Drought Won't Mean More Expensive Peaches

Apr 20, 2015

Fruits, nuts, vegetables, dairy products – California produces so much of what Americans eat. Agricultural economist Dan Sumner joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to explain why the current drought will not increase produce prices.

Patricia McNamara, 75, of Orange County, Calf. started skating in her late 40s, and she’s participated in every one of the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships since the Adult Nationals event started in 1995.

“I feel like the best of myself is really being expressed.”

She says skating helped her recover from breast cancer, and she’s hoping it helps her fully recover from a stroke seven years ago, in which she lost some muscle control on her left side.

Time magazine just released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. One of the names on the list is China’s premier Xi Jinping.

That comes as no surprise to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who writes in Time that Xi looks like he’s on track to pass Chairman Mao as China’s most powerful leader.

But what about beyond China? What influence does Xi have on the global stage – especially with the United States?

The Kenyan government has decided on the need for radical action after the Garissa University attack two weeks ago, when al-Shabab militants killed 148 people. Part of that plan of action is intended to root out homegrown Islamists.

This comes after the revelation that one of the four gunmen in the Garissa attack was a Kenyan law graduate whose father is a top local official in the northeast.

The government wants the Dadaab camp for Somali refugees to close; they’ve also offered a 10-day amnesty for anyone radicalized.

The University of Oklahoma’s first chief diversity officer starts his new job soon, three months after the university kicked out a fraternity and expelled two students who were seen on video leading a racist chant.

University president David Boren was praised for acting swiftly once the video was made public last month. But the University of Oklahoma is one of only four schools in the Big 12 Conference without a chief diversity officer.

Some minority students at the university are asking, what took the university president so long to hire one?

All eyes are on New Hampshire – at least for those who have an eye on the presidency.

Hillary Clinton is campaigning in the state today and tomorrow, and over the weekend, Republican candidates and prospective candidates were there too, for the unofficial kickoff of the campaign season.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to NPR’s Domenico Montanaro about the latest from the campaign trail.

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Relatives, activists and even Baltimore city officials have more questions than answers about what happened to Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died one week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore police officers.

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