11:47am

Fri October 5, 2012
Top Stories

Fire Marshall Warns of Cold-Snap Fire Hazards

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With temperatures falling this weekend area fire departments are warning residents about fire hazards.

Murfreesboro Assistant Chief Fire Marshall Ken Honeycutt says he sees avoidable tragedies every year at this time as people turn on some type of heat.

Honeycutt says one problem he sees routinely in the fall is people pushing furniture up too close to wall-mounted, thermostat-controlled electric heaters during the summer months.

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11:36am

Fri October 5, 2012
It's All Politics

For Obama, 7.8 Could Be Lucky Number

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 12:09 pm

President Obama smiles during a rally Friday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
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To become president and to be re-elected president takes much luck (among other factors, like money and political skill.) And President Obama appears to be one of the most fortunate presidents in recent memory with the release of the latest employment report.

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11:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Business

One Jobs Report, Two Different Political Spins

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:22 pm

Democrats say the economy is growing and jobs consistently are being added. But Republicans note that the pace is far too slow to absorb the more than 12 million people still looking for work.
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With a new report showing the nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, the Obama administration got good news Friday: Jobs are indeed growing. But, as Republicans noted, the pace remains well below the level needed to provide paychecks for the 12.1 million people seeking them.

The truth is, each party could find evidence to support either a positive or negative spin on the labor market, which is recovering — yet weak.

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11:01am

Fri October 5, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Oct. 4, 2012

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Republican Mitt Romney delivers a needed jolt to his campaign at the first presidential debate. Ron Elving and Ken Rudin dissect the memorable moments and look ahead to next week's matchup between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for the latest political news in this week's roundup.

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10:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Does Jobs Report Mean Things Are Getting Better?

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:30 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, the sweeping move to modernize the Catholic church known as Vatican II turns 50. We'll talk about that in Faith Matters in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's still all about the economy. The economy is still center stage this election season. This morning's jobs numbers are providing fresh material for the ongoing contest between the candidates and their philosophies and records.

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10:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Faith Matters

50 Years After Vatican II Transformation Continues

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:30 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, it's time for "Faith Matters." That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. In a few minutes, we will hear from an American monk who has been tapped to lead one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism, and we think you will be interested to hear of his unusual path to his current place.

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10:17am

Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Botulism Outbreak Tied To Contaminated Prison Hooch

A hoarded baked potato appears to have been the source of botulism in some prison-made hooch.
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Behind bars, nothing says party quite like "pruno."

Pruno is a kind of homebrew made from whatever prisoners can get their hands on. Some fruit, a little water and sugar are usually enough to make alcohol-producing yeast happy.

But it seems a baked potato saved for weeks before it was added to a pruno batch last year at a Utah prison caused the second-largest botulism outbreak in the U.S. since 2006.

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9:43am

Fri October 5, 2012
Station News & Events

MTSU On the Record Digs for Facts with Florida Prosecutor Jeff Ashton

Jeff Ashton, author of “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” with host Gina Logue.


The program is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).


Ashton, who is Florida’s state attorney-elect, will deliver the William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Leadership at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the new Student Union Ballroom. His appearance is sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education.

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9:35am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Court Clears Way For Terror Suspect To Be Sent From U.K. To U.S.

"After a legal battle covering several years in each case, five suspected terrorists, including radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri will be extradited to the U.S, U.K. judges have ruled." And, the BBC adds, Britain's Home Office "said it welcomed the High Court's decision. 'We are now working to extradite these men as quickly as possible,' a spokesman said."

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9:19am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Labor Secretary Says Talk Of Fudged Jobless Numbers Is Insulting

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
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The news that the nation's jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August immediately led some of President Obama's critics to charge the the books had been cooked to help his reelection campaign.

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