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Professor Nick Meriwether

Shawnee State University pays $400K to professor who refused to use a student’s pronouns

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (NPR) — A public university professor in Ohio who was disciplined four years ago for refusing to use a transgender student’s pronouns is being awarded $400,000 following a lawsuit against the university. Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, sued the college in 2018 after he was disciplined… Read More

Dolly Parton presents the award for entertainer of the year at the 57th Academy of Country Music Award

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame keeps Dolly Parton on this year’s nominee list, despite her request to bow out

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CLEVELAND (NPR) — The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said Thursday that it’s declining Dolly Parton’s request to bow out of this year’s nominations for the Hall of Fame class. This week, the county music legend posted a statement to her social media accounts saying that while she was grateful to be nominated, she… Read More

Dolly Parton arrives at the ACM Awards red carpet

Dolly Parton removes herself from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Country music legend Dolly Parton announced Monday she is bowing out of this year’s nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In a statement posted to her social media accounts, the award-winning singer said that while she was grateful to be nominated for this year’s class, she didn’t think… Read More

San Diego Padres left fielder Allen Cordoba passes a logo for Play Ball, an initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in 2017 in San Diego.

MLB and players agree to a new labor contract, paving the way to a full 2022 season

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Updated March 10, 2022 at 4:48 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a new collective bargaining agreement — paving the way for baseball’s return on April 7. The new collective bargaining agreement must be approved by both sides before it… Read More

The Maya Angelou quarter

The poet Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to be featured on a U.S. quarter

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A new quarter featuring legendary poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou and other trailblazing American women has officially started shipping to banks on Monday, the U.S. Mint announced. Angelou is the first Black woman to appear on the quarter. The Maya Angelou design is the first quarter in the “American… Read More

A health worker grabs at-home COVID-19 test kits

How to get insurance to pay for at-home COVID tests, according to the White House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration announced Monday new details on how Americans can get free COVID-19 tests — or get reimbursements from their private insurance. This follows up on an announcement that the White House made last month. Under the new policy announced by the White House, individuals covered by a health insurance… Read More

People wait at a street-side testing booth in New York's Times Square on Monday.

Omicron is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S., making up 73% of new infections

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Updated December 20, 2021 at 9:23 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The omicron variant is now considered the most dominant version of the coronavirus — making up 73% of new COVID-19 infections last week in the U.S., according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday. The new… Read More