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Business
5:20 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

On The Road To Recovery, Detroit's Property Taxes Aren't Helping

Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers and business owners like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:45 am

With new businesses sprouting up left and right, there's a lot of talk these days about Detroit being on the comeback trail.

A great thing about the city is that it's easy to become a real estate mogul. But some entrepreneurs might have reason to pause.

A new study released Tuesday shows that Detroit's commercial property taxes are the highest of any city in the nation.

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Music Interviews
5:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

When This 9-Year-Old Pianist Plays, He Feels The Music

Oscar Paz Suaznabar started playing keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The now 9-year-old pianist has played at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Courtesy Oscar Paz Suaznabar

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:16 pm

When Oscar Paz Suaznabar plays the piano, he does so with feeling.

The Alexandria, Va., resident has played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and on the NPR show From the Top. He is 9 years old.

Oscar started playing his older sister's keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The sorrow he conveys when he plays "The Lark" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka is drawn from the kind of loss any 9-year-old can understand.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Legislators Overturn Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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Around the Nation
4:32 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Hangs On As Heavy Rain Continues To Soak Region

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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It's All Politics
4:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

A member of Iraq's government forces battling Islamic State fighters in Anbar province earlier this month.
Haidar Hamdani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:12 pm

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Soccer Fans In Latin America React To FIFA Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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Law
3:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Justice Department Files Corruption Charges Against FIFA

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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Music
3:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Road Trip Playlist Sends You On Your Way With These Songs About Driving

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Sports
3:33 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Aaron Davidson, Miami Sports Marketing Executive, Charged In FIFA Inquiry

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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Economy
5:31 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

IRS Reports Theft Of More Than 100,000 Taxpayers' Information

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