9:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

NPR's Michele Norris Returning As Host/Special Correspondent

NPR's Michele Norris.

Stephen Voss

Michele Norris, who stepped away from the hosting duties at All Things Considered during the 2012 presidential election because her husband took a senior position with President Obama's re-election campaign, is returning to NPR "in a new role as host/special correspondent," Margaret Low Smith, senior vice president for news, just announced.

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9:02am

Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

In India, Five Charged With Rape And Murder In Crime That Shocked Nation

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 3:27 pm

Protests continue, such as in New Delhi today.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

In India today, the public prosecutor formally charged five men with murder and rape in the case of a 23-year-old student whose December assault and death has united the country in anger and sorrow.

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8:32am

Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

This May Blow Your Mind: Video Of New Year's Eve Fireworks In Reverse

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 10:27 am

In the video, you can watch them disappear.
http://www.youtube.com/jcltay

Before the holiday mood completely disappears, take a break if you can to watch this video of the New Year's Eve fireworks in Melbourne, Australia.

The guy who made it, Julian Tay, writes he was:

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8:22am

Thu January 3, 2013
Station News & Events

Prisoners’ Pop Music is Focus of Next ‘MTSU On the Record’

John Dougan's new book, The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow, The Story of the Prisonaires

The impact of a group of singing prisoners on race relations, rock and roll and rehabilitation is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record.”

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. John Dougan, author of “The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires,” will air at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).

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8:16am

Thu January 3, 2013
Classical

Nashville Ballet Awarded $5,000 Grant from Community Foundation

Nashville Ballet receives grant

Nashville Ballet was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) to sustain and expand curriculum-based educational arts programming for underserved populations in schools, community centers and libraries, that reach 25,000 individuals annually.

CFMT is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves. It recently awarded grants, totaling $1.3 million, to 273 nonprofits as part of The Foundation’s annual discretionary grant-making process.

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7:23am

Thu January 3, 2013
Top Stories

College Goal Tennessee Begins This Saturday at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's College Goal Sunday is moving to Saturday this year.

The program assists students who plan to attend any college to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Families should bring a copy of their 2011 tax return and their last paycheck stub for 2012.

The event is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

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7:17am

Thu January 3, 2013
Top Stories

Chattanooga Area Leads State Job Growth

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga has experienced job growth that led the state's major metropolitan areas in the last year.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, greater Chattanooga employment expanded by nearly 4,000 jobs from November 2011 through November 2012. The figure is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs grew by 1.7 percent in Chattanooga. Knoxville was second during the year, with an increase of 1.2 percent. Nashville came in third, increasing employment by 0.5 percent while Memphis reported no gain or loss.

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7:15am

Thu January 3, 2013
Top Stories

Shelbyville's Tracy to Challenge U.S. Rep. DesJarlais

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Jim Tracy has officially announced that he will run for the congressional seat held by embattled fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Tracy, of Shelbyville, made the announcement on Wednesday in Murfreesboro.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, won a second term in Congress in November despite revelations he had sexual relationships with patients and once urged one of them to seek an abortion. DesJarlais has rejected calls for his resignation.

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7:13am

Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Layoffs Have Slowed, Hiring Has Picked Up, But Jobless Claims Are Higher

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:46 am

The scene at a career fair in New York City last fall.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Update at 8:40 a.m. ET. Jobless Claims Went Up; So Two Out Of Three Reports Were Positive:

There were 372,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 10,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says. What's more, that previous week's total was revised up from the previous estimate of 350,000.

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6:44am

Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

With Those Lost In Mind, Sandy Hook Students And Staff Return To Classes

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:49 pm

Early Thursday morning, a school bus carrying students from Sandy Hook Elementary headed to their new school.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images
  • Jean Cochran reporting on the NPR Newscast

(Scroll down for updates. Our most recent was at 2:45 p.m. ET.)

Hoping that they have done their best to create "a safe and a secure learning environment for these kids," school officials in Connecticut today welcomed the 500 or so surviving students from Sandy Hook Elementary School and their teachers back to class.

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