12:36pm

Thu May 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Researchers Find Link Between Isolated State Capitals, Corruption

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 12:56 pm

Despite the misspelling and grammar error, the tee-shirt message is clear on a protester at the Illinois capitol on May 16, 2012. It cites two former governors now in federal prison for corruption.
Seth Perlman AP

Do state capitals relatively distant from the major population centers have more corruption than those in more densely populated areas?

Researchers report that they have found an intriguing correlation between political corruption in state capitals and population density.

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12:29pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Talks With Iran To Reconvene Next Month

"Iran and world powers have agreed to meet in Moscow next month for another round of negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program," The Associated Press reports.

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12:20pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Asia

Hard-Line Muslims Confront Indonesia's Christians

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 8:37 pm

Muslims (in the foreground) face a group of Christians during a bloody clash in Ambon, the provincial capital of Indonesia's Maluku Island, on Sept. 11, 2011. The riot exposed deep fault lines between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia.
Angkotasan Getty Images

In the city of Bekasi, Indonesia, outside Jakarta, a handful of Christians head to Sunday worship. But before they can reach their destination, they are stopped and surrounded by a large crowd of local Muslims who jeer at them and demand that they leave.

This is the Filadelfia congregation, a Lutheran group. They are ethnic Bataks from the neighboring island of Sumatra who have migrated to Bekasi, and they have been blocked from holding services on several occasions. Recently, a journalist who demonstrated in support of the congregation was beaten by an angry mob.

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11:33am

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Massive Arrests Follow Student Protests Across Canada

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 12:30 pm

Montreal police and protesters face off on Wednesday during a demonstration against student tuition hikes.
Andre Tremblay AFP/Getty Images

Protests in Montreal and Quebec resulted in the arrest of almost 700 people overnight.

The Toronto Star reports that the demonstrators protested tuition fee increases and they've been ongoing for about three months. But, yesterday, police rounded up hundreds of protesters — 518 in Montreal alone.

The Star reports:

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11:19am

Thu May 24, 2012
Top Stories

Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrockets in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee saw a 23 percent increase last year in the number of prescriptions written for controlled substances.

In spite of efforts to crack down on the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic, a new report shows that nearly 18 million prescriptions for drugs like OxyContin and hydrocodone were dispensed in Tennessee in 2011.

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11:13am

Thu May 24, 2012
Top Stories

Environmental Perspective on the 107th General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  What does the recently completed 107th Tennessee General Assembly look like from an environmentalist’s perspective? WMOT News continues to invite news makers from around the state to give us their take on this year’s legislative session.

John McFadden is the Director of the Tennessee Environmental Council. McFadden couldn’t site the advancement of any environmental issues during the Assembly, but instead measured success thsi year in the defeat of at least two bills.

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11:12am

Thu May 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Call For Emergency Action On Polio Eradication

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:04 pm

A Pakistani man wheels Jamshid, an 8-year-old girl with polio, around the outskirts of the capital Islamabad last July.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

The drive to wipe polio from the face of the earth is in jeopardy.

Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only three countries left where poliovirus remains endemic. But work to put the paralyzing virus on the ropes there is in danger of failing. Cases in all three countries jumped last year.

Weak public health systems, armed conflicts and corruption have hurt vaccination efforts. Now leading public health officials have proposed an emergency plan of action to get things back on track..

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11:08am

Thu May 24, 2012
Top Stories

Record Heat Possible Memorial Day Weekend

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  -- Warm weather is always welcome as Tennesseans head out-of-doors to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, but the Weather Service says the state may mark the traditional beginning of summer with record heat.

Nashville office Weather Service Meteorologist Sam Herron says there’s a good chance some hundred year-old high temperature records may fall in the next few days. He says Tennessee is seeing a summertime weather pattern nearly a month before summer actually begins.

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10:53am

Thu May 24, 2012
Sports

Transgender Athlete Competes For Olympic Spot

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 10:41 pm

Keelin Godsey competes as a woman but lives as a man, says reporter Pablo Torre.
Al Tielemans Sports Illustrated

A central question of gender and sports is facing officials as they prepare for London's Summer Olympics: In a system that segregates athletic competition by sex for reasons of fairness, where do transgender athletes fit?

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10:53am

Thu May 24, 2012
Education

Does Tough Love Work With Third Graders?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, an openly transgender athlete is hoping for a spot on the U.S. track and field team for this summer's Olympics. We'll talk about the dilemma that is posing for the athlete and for the sport. We'll speak with Sports Illustrated writer and barbershop regular Pablo Torre about this, about the rules of sports and what they mean for a transgender person.

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