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We rely on technology to do just about everything. So much in fact, that you might think jobs in fiber optics, IT, electrical engineering and such would all be taken and hard to come by.

Turns out, not so!

NCK: The state of the work force – the technical work force – in emerging technical fields is pretty dire nationwide. And of course, lasers and fiber optics is one of those emerging techs where we feel a huge shortage – a huge need – of qualified personnel.

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In 2003, the nonprofit Gifford Youth Orchestra was formed, and now, 16 years later…

CB: We have 61 children enrolled.

That is Dr. Crystal Bujol…

CB: and I am the founder and artistic director of the Gifford Youth Orchestra. We teach children music – violins, viola, cello and piano and eventually we will also have drama and dance. 

We met up with her and some of the young musicians at their weekly Tuesday evening practice. They’re preparing to perform their 16th Anniversary concert on November 2nd.

There’s a great anonymous quote that goes like this –

Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.

RG: My name is Rebecca Graystone.

Graystone has 26 years of acute care nursing practice and leadership experience primarily in the Washington DC area. We spoke to her by phone on Monday.

RG: I’m the vice president for the Magnet Recognition Program and Pathway to Excellence Program at the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Last week, students from 39 different schools, ranging in age from 2nd grade to high school, partnered with 40 environmental groups and waded out basically all at once into the Indian River Lagoon at various points all along Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and Volusia counties. Their mission? To collect data to create a snapshot of the health of the Lagoon.

MW: “The Indian River Lagoon is a complex system and the problems that it faces are not easy to understand.”

That’s Missy Weiss. She’s…

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The Walt Disney Company's streaming service, Disney Plus, debuted today. Its highest profile original series is a drama set in the "Star Wars" universe called "The Mandalorian." NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the first episode has both a nostalgia and new storytelling that fans want.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: "The Mandalorian" is your typical, tight-lipped bounty hunter; so tightlipped, in fact, when a quarry offers him money to let him go, he's got one chilling response.

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The Walt Disney Company's streaming service, Disney Plus, debuted today. Its highest profile original series is a drama set in the "Star Wars" universe called "The Mandalorian." NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the first episode has both a nostalgia and new storytelling that fans want.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: "The Mandalorian" is your typical, tight-lipped bounty hunter; so tightlipped, in fact, when a quarry offers him money to let him go, he's got one chilling response.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE MANDALORIAN")

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The Walt Disney Company's streaming service, Disney Plus, debuted today. Its highest profile original series is a drama set in the "Star Wars" universe called "The Mandalorian." NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the first episode has both a nostalgia and new storytelling that fans want.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: "The Mandalorian" is your typical, tight-lipped bounty hunter; so tightlipped, in fact, when a quarry offers him money to let him go, he's got one chilling response.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE MANDALORIAN")

Record-breaking cold and snowfall is numbing many parts of the U.S. from the Great Plains to the East Coast and north through New England. By Wednesday the cold snap is expected to spread farther south to the upper Texas coast in what is being described as an "arctic outbreak" by the National Weather Service.

The dead-of-winter temperatures come with roughly five weeks of fall remaining on the calendar.

With the House set to begin public impeachment inquiry hearings against President Trump on Wednesday, the man tasked with leading the Democrats' investigation says he already sees several potential impeachable offenses Trump has committed, including bribery.

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The Walt Disney Company's streaming service, Disney Plus, debuted today. Its highest profile original series is a drama set in the "Star Wars" universe called "The Mandalorian." NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the first episode has both a nostalgia and new storytelling that fans want.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: "The Mandalorian" is your typical, tight-lipped bounty hunter; so tightlipped, in fact, when a quarry offers him money to let him go, he's got one chilling response.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE MANDALORIAN")

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

The Walt Disney Company's streaming service, Disney Plus, debuted today. Its highest profile original series is a drama set in the "Star Wars" universe called "The Mandalorian." NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the first episode has both a nostalgia and new storytelling that fans want.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: "The Mandalorian" is your typical, tight-lipped bounty hunter; so tightlipped, in fact, when a quarry offers him money to let him go, he's got one chilling response.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE MANDALORIAN")

You'd think that as a poor country grows wealthier, more of its children would get vaccinated for preventable diseases such as polio, measles and pneumonia.

But a review published in Nature this month offers a different perspective.

Updated Nov. 12, 5:25 p.m. ET

While the number of reported hate crimes dipped slightly in 2018, violence against individuals rose to a 16-year high, according to numbers released Tuesday by the FBI.

The FBI's annual tally counted 7,120 hate crimes reported last year, 55 fewer than the year before. The main concern for extremism trackers, however, is the rising level of violence — the report showed an increase in the number of "crimes against persons," such as intimidation, assault and homicide.

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