In her convention speech, Ann Romney talked about the role of women in America. Host Michel Martin caught up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn before the speech. Blackburn says the concerns of women voters were key in drafting the Republican platform. She co-chairs the GOP platform committee, and heads the Women's Policy Committee in the House.
Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:08 pm
A stack of Reading For Life favorites.
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Seven years ago, Alesha Seroczynski became a central character in an incredible story about second chances for juvenile offenders in South Bend. With the University of Notre Dame, she developed Reading for Life, a program that combines reading literature, studying seven classic virtues — Justice, Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, Fidelity, Hope, Charity — and being mentored to help students make better life choices.
Alesha and more than 30 volunteer mentors have graduated 150 juveniles from the program — 97 percent have not re-offended.
Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:45 am
This image courtesy of publisher Dutton, a member of Penguin Group USA, show the cover of the upcoming book "No Easy Day."
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The Associated Press and The Huffington Post have gotten their hands on early copies of No Easy Day. As Mark wrote earlier this month, the book is a firsthand account of the secret military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
People wait in line at the Durham County Health Department for the H1N1 flu vaccination in Durham, N.C., in November 2009.
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Flu is most deadly for children with neurologic problems and disorders, an analysis of swine flu fatalities finds.
The results come from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers who looked at childhood fatalities during the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009, when there were five times the usual number of deaths.
In all, 43 percent of the deaths occurred in children who had neurologic diseases, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, or developmental disorders.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Earlier in the day, she said: "It's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority that Democrats can go and say, 'That party hates you,' and can get away with that."
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It's become a perennial problem for Republicans, but not one that the party yet knows how to solve.
Nissan North America Inc. announced Tuesday it has donated two Nissan LEAF cars and three charging stations to Middle Tennessee State University to promote the use of electric-vehicle technology.
MTSU officials said the Nissan LEAF cars will be added to the university’s motor pool and the charging stations will be made available for use by students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Murfreesboro campus.
Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 6:08 pm
A Plaquemines Parish vehicle rides through rising floodwater behind the levee as Isaac approaches on Tuesday.
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The eye of Isaac made its first landfall at Plaquemines Parish, a stretch of thin land southeast of New Orleans that extends into the Gulf from Louisiana.
According to the parish president, the damage there is just as bad, perhaps even worse, than what happened during Katrina.
In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Billy Nungesser said the parish's levee had been overtopped and parts of the parish that had never flooded during a hurricane were under 5 feet of water.