1:28pm

Fri October 26, 2012
Top Stories

Blue Raiders Fight to Stay Bowl Eligible

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are on the verge of becoming bowl eligible, but first they have to win Saturday versus North Texas.

Saturday, Middle Tennessee will return to conference play and take on Sun Belt opponent North Texas.

Not only is this the Blue Raiders signature Black Out game, but also the Salute to Armed Services/Veterans game. Pre game schedule includes a Memorial Service, Pre-Game Picnic, and the Presentation of the Joe Nunley Award.

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1:23pm

Fri October 26, 2012
Top Stories

State to Appeal Voter Photo ID Ruling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —Secretary of State Tre Hargett says Tennessee will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that upholds the new voter photo ID law but orders the state to accept an ID issued by the Memphis public library.

Hargett says he was pleased the Court of Appeals upheld the new law’s constitutionality, but also says the Haslam Administration will continue to fend off any challenges to the measure.

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1:01pm

Fri October 26, 2012
The Salt

Lasagna Cupcakes, Anyone? Science Says We Can't Get Enough Mini Stuff

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 2:04 pm

Five savory cupcakes: Chicken potpie, lasagna, grilled cheese, mac n' cheese and the Thanksgiving leftovers.
Courtesy of @LisaSKim

A few weeks ago, my friend came back from Brooklyn raving about the food served at a baby shower.

"Savory cupcakes!" she exclaimed. Lasagna, grilled cheese, chicken potpies and even a mac n' cheese cupcake — all shaped like the trendy dessert and served on a cupcake tree.

Despite all the enthusiasm, my first response was quite cynical. Isn't that just baked macaroni and cheese in a muffin tin?

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11:37am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Salt

Citing Food Safety Risks, Kroger Chain Calls It Quits On Sprouts

Red clover sprouts are pretty, but they and other sprouts have been linked to too much foodborne illness for major grocers to continue carrying them.
Stephanie Phillips iStockphoto.com

Sprouts have taken one step closer to culinary oblivion, with the big grocery chain Kroger saying that as of this week, it's banishing sprouts from its 2,425 stores because they pose too big a food safety risk.

The crunchy green microplants have long been touted as raw food chock full of nutrients. But that very freshness is also why they've caused more than 54 disease outbreaks since 1990, including a mega-outbreak of E. coli in Germany in 2011 that killed 53 people.

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11:01am

Fri October 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Genius Fellow: Tackling Poverty Takes Creativity

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now, we turn from a story about privilege to one about poverty. Forty-six million Americans now live with poverty. That's according to the latest figures available from the Census Bureau and, while the poor have been talked about on the campaign trail, how often have they been talked with?

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11:01am

Fri October 26, 2012
Election 2012

Voter ID Laws A Concern In Indian Country

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll take a look at how some Muslims are celebrating a big holiday in big ways. That's in a few moments. But first, imagine if the members of the U.S. Congress got together once a year and spent just one week discussing the issues that were important to their constituents.

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11:01am

Fri October 26, 2012
Faith Matters

Taking The Sacred Hajj Pilgrimage ... VIP Style

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll sit down with MacArthur Genius fellow, Maurice Lim Miller, and talk about what some call his groundbreaking work on poverty.

But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program when we talk about faith, religion and spirituality. Many of us are familiar with significant spending on religious holidays and rituals like massive Christmas parties and lavish bar mitzvahs.

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10:36am

Fri October 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

Malaria Creeps Back Into Greece Amid Health Budget Cuts

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 12:39 pm

Health employees protest outside the Health Ministry in Athens against pay and budget cuts. Fewer resources for malaria treatment and mosquito control may be contributing to malaria's comeback in Greece.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

After a 40-year hiatus, malaria is returning to Greece.

Some 70 cases have been reported there this year, and at least 12 people appear to have been infected in the country. (The others picked up the disease elsewhere.)

That's a concern for health workers because it means malaria may now be endemic to Greece — and not just hitching a ride with travelers.

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10:36am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

No One Gets The Tour De France Titles Lance Armstrong Lost

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:43 am

Lance Armstrong, in the yellow leader's jersey, during the 2002 Tour de France. Now, there's no winner of that race or the six others in which he finished first.
Mike Powell Getty Images

Declaring that they have "listened to the world's reaction to the Lance Armstrong affair," leaders of the international governing body for cycling today said that no one will be awarded the seven Tour de France titles that have been stri

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10:35am

Fri October 26, 2012
It's All Politics

In Search Of Obama's Second-Term Agenda

President Obama holds a copy of "The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security," which outlines some of his agenda for a second term, during a rally in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

What would President Obama do with a second term?

It's been a bit of a mystery throughout the campaign. The president seems to devote at least as much time criticizing his Republican opponent Mitt Romney as he does explaining what he'd like to do if returned to office.

Obama has taken some heat for his silence and sought to answer such complaints this week. But even as he's made his priorities more clear, he hasn't answered what may be the biggest outstanding question: how he'll get congressional Republicans to go along with his agenda.

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