Morning Edition for Friday, May 2, 2014

The White House told colleges and universities to take tougher actions to stop sexual assault. The Education Department released a list of schools under investigation for their handling of assaults.
Protesters surrounded Nigeria's parliament calling on the government to take more action to find more than 200 missing schoolgirls. They were kidnapped by Islamist militants nearly three weeks ago.
A high school senior who was interviewed for our Paying For College series lets us in on her higher education plans.
Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Sylvia Hurtado, director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, about the National Freshman College Survey and future trends in education.

Squirrel Selfie Doesn't End So Well

A teenager was in Tampa, Fla., looking at colleges when he spotted a squirrel. He took a selfie with the squirrel but the flash scared the animal and it tried to hide inside the young man's shirt.
A jury awarded nearly $3 million to the Parrs, who say leaks at a natural gas site made them ill. The family won the suit without having to prove that the drilling company broke environmental laws.
There's a lot of money and attention going toward wearable devices, though the sophistication of the technology varies. One company is developing wearables with clusters of tiny high-tech senors.

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)
GM asking a judge to enforce an existing provision of the original bankruptcy deal from 2009. The provision protects GM from lawsuits over automobile accidents that occurred before that time.
Films like Food Inc. and King Corn highlighted the evils of big agriculture. Now the farm industry is hitting back with its own movie, Farmland. It was funded by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
Organizers of a campaign to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., say they've raised enough money to buy a part of the facility and turn it into a museum.
Secretary of State Kerry is in South Sudan as part of a U.S.-led effort to end its civil war. Steve Inskeep talks to Raj Shah, administrator for USAID, about America's efforts to prevent famine there.
The April jobs report is out on Friday, and economists expect an increase of about 220,000 jobs. If all those jobs materialize, it would be a sign the economy weathered the harshest winter in years.
Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to New York Times sports columnist William c. Rhoden about the Donald Sterling controversy, and the relationship between professional sports and race.
Frank was severely depressed when he left his wife and three children to live on his own in 2009. But at his oldest son's baseball game two years later, he realized he couldn't stay away any longer.
Austin Dennison remembered his "Granny DD" wasn't able to go to her own prom because her family didn't have enough money. So Austin asked the 89-year-old to be his date.

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Expect to see margarita specials and sombreros galore throughout this weekend — even though, in most of Mexico, May 5 is no big deal.

Crisis In Eastern Ukraine Takes A Deadly Turn

Pro-Russian gunmen in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk have shot down at least two Ukrainian helicopters.
There's one women's cycling team in Afghanistan. Free-form traffic and open-mouth stares are just a couple of the things they encounter as they pedal the country's mountainous, potholed roads.
Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.
NATO has been watching Russia as it took over part of Ukraine, and massed troops near another part. Steve Inskeep talks to NATO commander General Philip Breedlove.
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