4:38pm

Mon October 8, 2012
'Another Thing': Test Your Clever Skills

'Another Thing': Singing The Housework Blues

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 8:38 pm

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Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free Range Kids, bring you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. We take a trend in the news and challenge you to help us satirize it with a song title, a movie name or something else wacky.

This week's challenge: A study out of Norway found that couples who split the chores equally are 50 percent more likely to divorce.

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3:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Solve This

Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 6:48 am

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

In the next two installments of Solve This, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. First, President Obama's strategy, then Mitt Romney's.

Job creation is the centerpiece of President Obama's campaign speeches.

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3:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Business

Plucky Former Poultry Farmer Goes Wild For Gators

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 8:29 pm

A group of baby gators basking in the sun.
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Just outside of Camilla, Ga. — about four hours southwest of Atlanta — up a dirt road called Alligator Lane, is one of the largest alligator farms in the country.

"We've got about 20 chicken houses, and we've got about 100,000 alligators on the farm," says owner Mark Glass.

That's right, 100,000 alligators, and they are in big demand in Europe's high-fashion industry.

Right now it's hatching season.

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3:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Around the Nation

In Pumpkin Regatta, It's Toothy Grins All Around

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 7:37 pm

Peter Geiger lines up before the start of the pumpkin race in Damariscotta, Maine.
Patty Wight Maine Public Radio

The typical jack-o'-lanterns that don front stoops this time of year pale in comparison to their multihundred-pound brethren: the giant pumpkin. Every year in Damariscotta, Maine, people hollow them out, climb inside and race them in the annual pumpkin regatta. There are two divisions — paddleboat and powerboat — and thousands gather to see whether it will be sink or swim for the contestants.

Topher Mallory bolts a wooden frame onto the flesh of his 550-pound pumpkin powerboat. The stern is large enough to mount a 10 horsepower engine — double that of most competitors.

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3:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 9:10 pm

Mitt Romney and President Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, on Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

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3:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Africa

Uganda's Leader: 26 Years In Power, No Plans To Quit

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 2:19 am

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled since 1986, speaks in January at Uganda's Makarere University in the capital Kampala. Uganda celebrates a half-century of independence next month, and Museveni has ruled for more than half of that time.
Ronald Kabuubi AFP/Getty Images

Rebel leader Joesphy Kony, head of the infamous Lord's Resistance Army, has achieved greater notoriety than any other Ugandan in the world today.

Idi Amin, who ruled the country through most of the 1970s, still stands as a symbol of African dictators who abused power and inflicted gross human rights abuses.

Yet as Uganda celebrated 50 years of independence on Tuesday, the man who has most shaped the country is far less known, at least in the West.

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2:23pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Top Stories

Tennessean Heads U.S. World Amatuer Golf Team, Wins

Steven Fox celebrates his winning 18-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole to claim the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C.
John Mummert/USGA

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — A young man from Middle Tennessee led the U.S. team to the World Amateur Team Golf Championship in Turkey over the weekend.

U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox hails from Hendersonville. He attended Hendersonville High and is currently a student at UT Chattanooga..

Along with teammates from Idaho and Kentucky Fox scored a combined 54-hole total of 24-under 404, a record score.

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2:10pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Top Stories

Another Meningitis Fatality in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee has suffered another fatality resulting from a deadly meningitis outbreak.  

Health officials say the number of people sickened has now reached 105 cases. Eight people have died, four in Tennessee.

The fungal meningitis outbreak has been tied to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

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2:05pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Top Stories

New Jobless Benefits on Declining Scale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State labor officials have begun enforcing new unemployment requirements passed by the Legislature.

WMOT-FM (http://bit.ly/VRBvTq ) reported that the longer a person is jobless, the less salary he or she can refuse and still keep unemployment benefits.

After 13 weeks, for example, a person offered a job at 75 percent of previous salary could lose benefits for not accepting it.

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8:20am

Mon October 8, 2012
Business

MTSU Honors Families Whose Acreage Became Site of First Campus

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee Honors Families Who Donated Property that Became the Original site for Middle Tennessee State Normal School

Middle Tennessee State University marked another banner day in its history Saturday as the area around Walnut Grove was named for the two families whose property became the campus of the original Middle Tennessee State Normal School.


A group of dignitaries witnessed the placement of three markers around the area, designating it Harrison-Black Circle for Tom Harrison and Joe Black, the landowners who sold 20 acres to the Tennessee Board of Education for $5,000. They donated 80 additional acres.

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