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Free speech and license plates

At the end of November, a federal court in North Carolina granted an injunction against license plates with a choose life message. The state’s General Assembly approved the plate, but they denied opponents’ requests for a plate with a pro-choice message. The court ruled that the state couldn’t grant one without the other. It went against the rights of private speech, the court said. Elon University Associate Professor of Law Scott Gaylord disagrees. He thinks the license plate is protected government speech.

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.