Fri August 24, 2012

Will Dreamers Help Or Hurt The Economy?

There's a debate going on about whether President Obama's deferred action program for undocumented workers will help boost the economy, or hurt it. Guest host Viviana Hurtado hears two opposing views from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute, and Vanderbilt University law professor Carol Swain.


Fri August 24, 2012
Election 2012

Who Best Represents American Catholics?

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:03 am

Catholics are considered one of the most important swing groups in the country. Now, for the first time in history, both major political parties have Catholic vice presidential candidates. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the Catholic voting bloc with pollster Robert Jones and conservative Catholic blogger Gayle Trotter.


Fri August 24, 2012
The Salt

Arty Students, Not Party Students, Are Champs Of Late-Night Food Delivery

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:55 am

Art students rule the campus late-night delivery field. Maybe they're studying the packages.

Millions of college students are heading back to campus soon, and as any parent footing the bill knows, they're hungry for more than just knowledge — they want food, and lots of it, at all hours.

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Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Dead After Shooting Near Empire State Building

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 10:53 am

One of the blocked off streets near the scene of today's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
Jim O'Grady WNYC

A shooting near the iconic Empire State Building this morning has left two people dead — one of them the gunman who first opened fire — and has shut down streets around that Manhattan landmark.

Police do not believe there's any link to terrorism. Instead, they suspect the gunman had some sort of work-related grievance.

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Fri August 24, 2012
NPR News Investigations

Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 6:47 pm

Staff Sgt. Ronald Sherwood practices a maneuver on Sgt. 1st Class Darwin Scriber at the U.S. Army Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga. The school trains instructors who will teach recruits hand-to-hand combat. Most of the student instructors have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pouya Dianat for NPR


Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Isaac Might Be 'Near Hurricane Strength' When It Hits Haiti Today

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 2:21 pm

Isaac's projected track as of 2 p.m. ET on Friday (Aug. 24).
National Hurricane Center

Update at 3 p.m. ET. In its latest update, the National Hurricane Center says that tropical storm Isaac "could be near hurricane strength" when it reaches Haiti later today. That's a slightly more serious forecast from where we began the day.

Our original post — "Isaac Barrels Toward Haiti, But Isn't Likely To Become Hurricane Today":

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Fri August 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Hospitals Bank 'Liquid Gold': Human Breast Milk

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 7:59 am

Ashley Beecher, 29, and her daughters Annie (on lap) and Charlie. After feeding Annie, Beecher donates her extra supply to the human milk bank at Texas Children's Hospital.

When Ashley Beecher had her first daughter, nursing was a struggle, and she sometimes had to supplement her baby's diet with formula. But when she had her second daughter in January, it was a very different story.

"Very early on I noticed [that] I've got so much more milk than what this child is drinking," said Beecher, a 29-year-old Houston mom, who started expressing her milk and storing it in plastic bags in her freezer. "There's probably, I would say, estimated around 50 bags containing six ounces of milk in each one and that's just what I have right now."

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Fri August 24, 2012
Arts & Culture

MTSU Unveils New Student Union

MTSU Unveils New Student UnionUnveiling of the new $65 million MTSU Student Union and the “I am true Blue” branding effort will be at the forefront of the University’s start to the fall semester and 2012-13 academic year.

The opening of the nearly 211,000-square-foot Student Union, whose length is said to be one-and-a-half football fields (150 yards), is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, with doors opening at 7 a.m. The Student Union is located on the east side of campus near the University Honors College and the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center.

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Fri August 24, 2012
From mtsunews.com

MTSU Convocation Aug. 26 Features Author Tori McClure

“A Pearl in the Storm” Author Tori McClure is Featured MTSU COnvocation Speaker

“A Pearl in the Storm” author Tori McClure — a woman renowned for exploring new territory — will help welcome students to their new lives as MTSU scholars at the annual University Convocation inside Murphy Center on Sunday, Aug. 26. 

The public is welcome to the free 2 p.m. event in Hale Arena, which helps mark the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year at MTSU, the university’s 101st year of educating Tennessee’s best.

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Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

21-Year Sentence For Norwegian Killer Of 77; But He May Serve For Life

Anders Behring Breivik in court today.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

At first the news may be a shock because of what would seem to Americans to be such a relatively light punishment considering the crime:

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