2:45pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Attorney General Sends Warning To International Election Observers

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:47 am

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to reporters 2011.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

The Texas attorney general is warning international election observers not to mess with Texas.

"Your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional," Greg Abbott wrote in a letter sent to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which monitors elections across the world.

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2:33pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Top Stories

Vandy Researcher Defends Political Attack Ads

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you find yourself punching the mute button on your TV remote every time a political attack-ad comes on, a Vanderbilt researcher wants you to know they do serve a useful purpose.

Dr. John Greer, Chairman of the Vanderbilt Political Science Department, delivered a lecture here on the Middle Tennessee State Campus yesterday concerning his attack-ad research.

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1:05pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Shots - Health News

Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo By Changing Genes Across Generations

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:21 pm

An image of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University removing the nucleus from the mother's cell before it's inserted into the donor's egg cell.
Courtesty of Oregon Health & Science University

Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland say they took the step to try to prevent women from giving birth to babies with genetic diseases. But the research is raising a host of ethical, social and moral questions.

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1:00pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Boeing Successfully Tests Electronics-Frying, Microwave Missile

Computers fried by CHAMP.
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

It's not the sexiest of weapons, because it doesn't cause big explosions, or fly around the world in minutes. But the effect is huge and could cripple a modern military without causing any casualties.

This week, Boeing announced that it has successfully tested a missile that can send out targeted, high-power microwaves that fry electronics without actually causing an explosion.

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12:53pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Top Stories

Meningitis Outbreak Update: October 24, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say the number of people sickened by fungal meningitis and other diseases after receiving steroid injections has risen to 70.

Yesterday, the pharmacist who co-founded the Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak voluntarily surrendered his license in Tennessee.

The state pharmacy board accepted the agreement by Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center, to give up his license to practice pharmacy in Tennessee. The company surrendered its license last week.

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12:46pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Here's The List: 63 Barnes & Noble Stores Where Crooks Hacked PIN Pads

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:41 am

A Barnes & Noble store in San Bruno, Calif. It's on the list.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If you shopped recently at 63 Barnes & Noble stores in nine states and used a credit or debit card there's a chance that thieves got hold of data about your accounts and your PIN.

As the company has announced:

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12:43pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Top Stories

"Paycheck to Patriots" Job Fairs Held Statewide Thursday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee is partnering with several of the state’s biggest employers to connect veterans with jobs.

The Paycheck to Patriots initiative will host job fairs in 13 locations all around the state Thursday. The Tennessee Career Center in Tullahoma will host the mid-state job fair beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m.

Dollar General Vice President Bob Ravener is a Navy veteran, and says he knows from first-hand experience that vets bring a lot to the table.

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12:36pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Business

Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Be In Play

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 5:23 pm

About 34 million taxpayers take the mortgage interest deduction, for a typical savings of approximately $600 a year.
iStockphoto.com

In coming months, Congress will begin an epic struggle to get the federal budget deficit under control. One tax break almost certain to come into play is the mortgage interest deduction.

Both President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, have suggested ways to scale back the deduction's value for wealthy taxpayers. And many economists are cheering them on, saying that now — when interest rates are low — would be a great time to reduce or even phase out the deduction.

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12:03pm

Wed October 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Despite Obama's Nevada Advantages, Romney Campaign Betting On State

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Culinary Union members Emilia Cabrera (left) and Dallany Santos canvass in Las Vegas for the union's get-out-the-vote effort for President Obama.
Liz Halloran NPR

Pundits and prognosticators have long opined about President Obama's built-in advantages in Nevada, where he captured more than 55 percent of the vote in 2008. And with good reason.

Democrats have a commanding voter registration lead, including among Latinos, and Obama's on-the-ground effort is fueled by the 55,000-member Culinary Union and Nevada Sen. Harry Reid's formidable state party organization.

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12:03pm

Wed October 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Beyond Hot Air: Political Blimps Take To Swing State Skies

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:41 pm

A blimp with a message in support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney flies over Plantation, Fla., on Sunday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

How do you reach an audience of more than 200,000 people a day in an important swing state without buying an expensive TV ad?

If you're Sid Overton, you build a blimp and fly it alongside one of Colorado's busiest freeways.

"It says, 'Romney For President. He Creates Jobs,' " Overton told KUNC.

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