3:07pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Deficit Tops $1 Trillion For Fourth Year

The figures are in for the federal government's fiscal 2012 and the deficit was $1.089 trillion, according to the Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget.

That's less than the previous year's $1.297 trillion and is the third consecutive decline.

But it's also the fourth year in a row of a $1 trillion+ gap between spending and revenues.

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2:50pm

Fri October 12, 2012
MTSU On The Record at 2nd and Church

‘MTSU On the Record’ Stops by ‘2nd & Church’ for Literary Chat

An MTSU professor of English talks about his role in a daring new venture for authors seeking exposure for their work on the next “MTSU On the Record” with host Gina Logue.


Instructor Alvin Knox, poetry editor of the “2nd & Church” website, will talk about it at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).


“2nd & Church,” an online literary journal named for the Nashville intersection where its publisher was inspired to create it, strives to examine what it means to live a life of fine arts.

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2:47pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Poetry in the Air

Inspiration in the Air as Poetic Vision Tour Comes to MTSU

The Muslim Student Association at MTSU will co-sponsor a Poetic Vision Tour concert from 6 to 10 p.m. in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building.


This national traveling concert tour features “spiritually infused, inspired music,” states www.poeticvisiontour.com. “The Poetic Vision Tour believes that music as an art form should not merely instruct but should inspire, not merely educate, but express.”

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2:44pm

Fri October 12, 2012
MTSU Steinway School

MTSU School of Music’s ‘All-Steinway’ Status Gets Attention in 10th Year

MTSU’sClassical


School of Music has spent decades providing a stellar education for its students, and its last decade as one of only 140-plus “All-Steinway Schools” in the world has cemented its international reputation for excellence.


“We do our best to help our students achieve the highest possible quality education, which means providing our musicians with access to the best artist-level instruments available," said Dr. George Riordan, director of the MTSU School of Music. 

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2:40pm

Fri October 12, 2012
National Security

Russia No Longer Wants U.S. Aid To Secure Nukes

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:59 pm

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has been backing away from U.S. aid. Russia now says it does not want to extend a U.S. assistance program that has helped secure and dismantle nuclear weapons dating to the Soviet era. The program has been in place for two decades and has been considered a big success.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

When the Soviet Union splintered two decades ago, one of the biggest U.S. worries was how to ensure that the vast Soviet arsenal of nuclear weapons was kept secure.

The American response was the Cooperative Threat Reduction program of 1992. The U.S. provided money and expertise to lock down and track weapons of mass destruction and make sure they stayed out of the hands of rogue regimes or terrorists.

The program has been hailed as a great success, with thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons dismantled over the years.

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2:18pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Planet Money

Remember The 14-Year-Old Who Bought A House? She Just Bought Another One

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:20 am

This is Willow's new house.
Shannon Moore

Willow Tufano became a homeowner earlier this year. This was newsworthy because Willow was 14 years old. She raised money to buy the house by selling stuff on Craigslist.

I spoke to Willow again last week and got an update. She's 15 now, and her life over the past few months was sort of surreal. She got caught up in two dramas: America's housing market and America's media circus.

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2:12pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

New Regulations Aimed At Black Lung Disease Appear To Be Stalled

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 11:37 am

Reporting by the Charleston Gazette this week suggests that the Obama administration's efforts to impose tough new limits on miners' exposure to coal dust have stalled.

The United Mine Workers Union suggests election year politics may be the reason.

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2:07pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Shuttle Endeavour Begins 12-Mile Crawl To New Los Angeles Home

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop the Over Land Transporter after exiting the Los Angeles International Airport on its way to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles
Bull Ingalls NASA

The Shuttle Endeavour began an incredible 12-mile journey through the streets of Southern California. The trip ends at its new home at the California Science Center.

Perhaps the AP put it best: In space, the shuttle traveled at a blazing 17,500 mph. But this final victory lap through narrow Los Angeles streets will proceed at 2 mph.

The AP adds:

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1:37pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

If Lance Armstrong Is Stripped, No One May Get His Tour De France Titles

Lance Armstrong, in the leader's yellow jersey, during the 2001 Tour de France.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Two days after the United States Anti-Doping Agency's release of the evidence it says shows that cyclist Lance Armstrong was part of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," the head of the Tour de France has said the world's most famous race will officially have no winners of the seven Tours that Armstrong won if he is stripped of those titles.

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12:58pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior Of Kids With Autism

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 1:48 pm

Yoga is increasingly being used in classrooms across the U.S. to help kids behave and perform better in school.
iStockphoto.com

Researchers have found that kids with autism spectrum disorder who did yoga at their elementary school behaved better than kids with autism who weren't doing yoga.

The researchers surveyed teachers at a school in the Bronx who said a daily yoga program reduced the kids' aggressive behavior, social withdrawal and hyperactivity.

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