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Paddling in the middle of a fast moving stream of news and information, Here & Now is public radio’s daily digest of news and culture. Produced by WBUR in Boston.

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New Hampshire will not become the next so-called right to work state, after House lawmakers in the state killed the union-targeting legislation Thursday. But similar policies, which impact how unions collect fees, have already passed in Missouri and Kentucky this year.

The sweeping changes are coming at a time when union membership nationally is at an all-time low. Todd Bookman (@toddbookman) from Here & Now contributor New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

The iconic Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World” depicts a woman in a pink house dress stretched out in a field, turned toward a house in the distance. The painting was inspired by Christina Olson, who lived near Wyeth’s summer home in Maine.

President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet at the White House on Wednesday.

It comes at a difficult time for the Trump administration after the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday, and reports that Trump campaign staff had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election.

First responders in Louisville, Kentucky, received 52 overdose emergency calls in a 32-hour span last week. It’s the highest rate of overdose calls so far this year in a state that has one of the highest overdose death rates in the country.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Dr. Robert Couch, the emergency department medical director at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville.

President Trump campaigned on a promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called “unfair” to the United States. At a joint press conference Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, Trump said his administration would only be “tweaking” NAFTA.

At President Trump’s last two press conferences with foreign leaders, he’s only taken questions from reporters working for organizations that are viewed as friendly to him. That allowed him to avoid discussing the fate of now former national security adviser Michael Flynn at Monday’s joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as President Trump’s national security adviser Monday night, after acknowledging that he “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information” about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

In northeast Houston, Furr High School once had a reputation no school wants: It was plagued by gangs and student dropouts posed a big problem. Now, school administrators are trying to turn things around with some innovative programs that are drawing attention nationally.

Laura Isensee (@lauraisensee) from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media takes us on campus for something called “Genius Time.”

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will be on Capitol Hill starting Tuesday, giving her first congressional testimony since President Trump took office. Trump criticized Yellen during the campaign, accusing her of keeping interest rates low “for political reasons.”

President Trump says the U.S. is committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control.

Trump’s comments imply that a U.S.-Japan defense treaty covers disputed East China Sea islands, which are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China.

Trump was speaking after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday.

In an English class in the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado, students are studying one of the biggest issues on the planet. An interdisciplinary approach lets students learn about climate change, rapid population growth and the sudden and dramatic extinction of thousands of species through the non-fiction book “The Sixth Extinction.”

Whole Foods is reducing its total number of stores, and moving away from its ambitious expansion target. The move comes after six-straight quarters of sales decline, and as other retailers like Kroger and Wal-Mart expand their organic food offerings.

Americans will spend about $2 billion buying flowers for Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation. Most of those flowers are grown far away and shipped a long distance before they end up in a vase.

In 1997 a Cleveland-based researcher studying a rare, sometimes-cancerous condition noticed that an unusually high percentage of her patients also had a particular type of autism. She eventually discovered that both conditions shared the same genetic mutation.

Since then, a number of other cancer genes have been found in some types of autism, and a recent report out of the University of California Davis says 43 genes thought to be involved in autism are also associated with cancer.

Many people trying to focus on a healthy lifestyle search out healthy foods or join a gym. What about clean air?

Some California farmers are turning to cleaning the soil in an effort to use less water — and to help clean air we breathe. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero (@ezraromero) reports.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

Two Republicans joined Democrats in the unsuccessful effort to derail the nomination of the wealthy Republican donor. The Senate historian said Pence’s vote was the first by a vice president to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.

President Trump made a campaign promise to lower the price of prescription drugs. After meeting with several big pharmaceutical companies last week, the president emerged with different plans to do that, from reducing taxes to cutting back regulations.

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says citrus fruits are a great way to perk up a winter menu. She goes through several seasonal varieties with Here & Now‘s Robin Young, and shares three recipes that use them.


Citrus Tasting Notes

When shopping for citrus, look for fruit that is firm, shiny, and avoid soft and spongy citrus. Always look for fruit that feels heavy in your hand. Most citrus will keep at room temperature or can be refrigerated for about 10 days.

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the legal back-and-forth that took place in court over the weekend about President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Two students who are part of the UC Berkeley College Republicans were attacked Thursday on campus, though not by anyone affiliated with the university. The attack happened the day after a group of protesters caused thousands of dollars worth of damage on campus protesting a planned appearance by the far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

The university ended up canceling the event a couple of hours before it was supposed to start.

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