Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

'Sandy' Retired From Storm Names; 'Sara' Takes Its Place

Oct. 31, 2012: Some of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Steve Nesius Reuters /Landov

"Sandy has been retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names by the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee because of the extreme impacts it caused from Jamaica and Cuba to the Mid-Atlantic United States in October 2012," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration writes.

The storm names are administered by the World Meteorological Organization.

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Thu April 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Leading Man's Chin: Universally Hot Or Not?

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 am

Two prominent chins meet: Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman kiss in the 1946 thriller Notorious.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Cary Grant's chin may appeal to you and Ingrid Bergman. But that might not be the case among the indigenous people of Australia.

And the idea that a guy's jutting jawline might not cause women the world over to swoon calls into question the notion that some characteristics are pretty much automatic signals of desirability for prospective mates, researchers say.

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Thu April 11, 2013

Welfare Penalty for Parents Dead This Session

Senator Stacey Campfield
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would dock the welfare payments of Tennessee parents whose children fail in school is dead.

After about a 40-minute debate on the Senate floor Thursday, Republican Sen. Sponsor Stacey Campfield decided to pull the bill so it can be studied over the summer.

Both Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the legislation, which sought to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits by 30 percent if a child fails to advance to the next grade.

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Thu April 11, 2013
The Salt

A Project To Rescue Pantry Puzzlers Before They Hit The Trash

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 6:43 pm

"Overly adventurous food shopping gets me in trouble every time, along with complicated recipes (calling for obscure ingredients) that I never actually end up making," writes Lee Crosby.
Courtesy of Lee Crosby

It's the season for dusting, scrubbing and digging into the inner confines of the cupboard, where a stash of daunting ingredients may await.

Rather than generate more food waste, consider tapping the wisdom of the crowd through NPR's new Cook Your Cupboard project.

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Thu April 11, 2013
Top Stories

Tennesseans Participate in Washington Immigration Rally

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  A delegation from Middle Tennessee was in the nation’s capital yesterday for a pro-immigration reform rally held on the grounds of the capital building.

Thousands took part in yesterday’s rally in Washington D.C. Thousands more participated in rallies in 18 state capitals.

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Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Tiger Master Augusta Again?

Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole Thursday at the Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Play has begun at the 77th Masters in Augusta, Ga., and again this year the big question is whether Tiger Woods is really "back" and will win his first major championship since 2008.

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Thu April 11, 2013

Jazz Great Chris Brubeck Makes Mid-State Appearance

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The man that DownBeat magazine calls “one of the finest performing jazz trombonists around today” is making an appearance Thursday in Middle Tennessee.

Chris Brubeck, son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, is set to perform Thursday evening in Lipscomb University’s Collins Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m.

Brubeck, an award-winning composer and band leader, tours the nation playing a mix of jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical styles. He'll be joined onstage tonight by guitarist Joel Brown and harmonica virtuoso Peter “Madcat” Ruth.

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Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Ryan Says He's 'Cautiously Optimistic' On A Bipartisan Budget Deal

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:55 am

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan speaks about his new budget plan after a March 19 party conference.
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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan tells NPR that he's "cautiously optimistic" that a budget deal can be reached with the White House.

Speaking to NPR a day after President Obama unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tax increases and new investments in education and infrastructure, Ryan said he was encouraged by the broad outlines from the White House.

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Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Gun Bill Clears First Hurdle In Senate

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 11:45 am

The first national gun control legislation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is going to be debated on the floor of the Senate and appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

Supporters in the Senate on Thursday morning rounded up more than the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle that could have held up consideration of the Democratic-crafted package. The vote was 68-31 in favor of blocking a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the legislation.

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Thu April 11, 2013

Rand Paul And Minorities, 'A Date Or A Relationship?'

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 11:03 am

Senator Rand Paul is reaching out to African-American voters. He recently visited Howard University, one of the country's most prominent historically black universities. Senator Paul talks to host Michel Martin about why he's reaching out, and what his message is for minorities.