12:15pm

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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12:00pm

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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11:19am

Thu April 11, 2013
Arts

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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11:05am

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.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

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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10:42am

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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10:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

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.

10:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Theater

Was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. An Ordinary Guy?

The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.

10:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

Rand Paul's Philosophies: Rhetoric or Reality?

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

Host Michel Martin continues her interview with Senator Rand Paul. She asks whether his actions really line up with his libertarian philosophies.

9:51am

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Tepid Reception To Windows 8 Blamed For Drop In PC Sales

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:21 pm

Visitors tried out Windows 8 last month at the 2013 CeBIT technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Sales of new PCs plummeted nearly 14 percent globally in the first three months of the year, and much of the blame is being placed on Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.

International Data Corp. reported Wednesday that shipments of PCs totaled 76.3 million worldwide in the first quarter of 2013, down 13.9 percent from the same period the previous year.

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9:47am

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Does Anyone Care About Minutes Of Weeks-Old Fed Meetings?

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 11:30 am

The Federal Reserve's headquarters in Washington, D.C. What goes on inside there is of intense interest to investors.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

There's been a bit of a brouhaha over the Federal Reserve's inadvertent early release Tuesday evening of minutes from its closed-door March 19-20 policy meeting.

As The Associated Press writes, "employees at JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs Group, Wells Fargo and Citigroup were among those to receive [the] market-sensitive information."

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