11:34am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Americans Remain Split On Same-Sex Marriage, Gallup Poll Signals

Gallup.com

With same-sex marriage back in the news because of Vice President Biden's comment that he's "absolutely comfortable" with equal rights for partners in such relationships, the pollsters at Gallup are out with this report:

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11:12am

Tue May 8, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo announces reform package to protect those with special needs

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a major reform package aimed at ending the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in state care.

The governor was joined by legislative leaders, district attorneys, and people with disabilities at the state Capitol on Monday.

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10:26am

Tue May 8, 2012
Remembrances

Beloved Children's Author Maurice Sendak Dies

Maurice Sendak, the well-known children's book author and illustrator, has died. He was 83. Sendak is widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are. Steve Inskeep has this remembrance.

10:25am

Tue May 8, 2012
-School Budget Series

School Budget Series: Urban schools struggle to overcome crowding and poverty

Urban schools in New York state face a special challenge. These schools need more funding to teach larger numbers of children, many of whom need special services because of poverty. At the same time, they find themselves dependent on local governments that are also going through tough budget times.

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10:15am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Nebraska Man Changes His Name To 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'

Not the Nebraska Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

He made this decision before scientists told us that, back in the prehistoric day, dinosaur farts likely contributed to climate change:

Tyler Gold of York, Neb., is now officially named Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold, the local York News Times reports.

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9:58am

Tue May 8, 2012
Regional Coverage

Common Council passes budget, but added spending in limbo

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, left, talks with reporter Bill Carey following the Common Council's approval of the budget Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Money the Syracuse Common Council added to Mayor Stephanie Miner's budget for a new downtown senior center, a small business loan program and teaching assistants may never get spent, despite Miner saying she'll sign the budget as passed.

The council OK'd $2 million in additions to Miner's proposed budget and then approved the spending plan Monday afternoon.

But following the vote, Miner said she won't authorize the additional spending.

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9:47am

Tue May 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Your Drug Copay Could Change

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 12:00 pm

How much a medicine costs you could vary depending on the value your insurer assigns to treatment.
iStockphoto.com

What if how much you paid for a drug was based on how much it might help you, instead of the sticker price?

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9:23am

Tue May 8, 2012
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:49 am

In this Sept. 25, 1985 file photo, author Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book Where the Wild Things Are, designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn. Sendak died, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
LS AP

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Sendak appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross several times over the years. In 1989, he told Terry Gross that he didn't ever write with children in mind — but that somehow what he wrote turned out to be for children nonetheless.

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9:19am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Co-Workers Rescue Man From Vat Of Acid

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 1:16 pm

While initial headlines that said a man jumped into a vat of acid to rescue a co-worker at at New Jersey construction site may have overstated what happened just a bit, there's still a dramatic tale to tell.

According to NorthJersey.com:

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9:06am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Salt

Recipe For Safer Drinking Water? Add Sun, Salt And Lime

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 11:37 am

Pakistani boys collect water from a hand pump on the outskirts of Islamabad.
Anjum Naveed AP

Sun, salt and lime sounds like the beginnings of a cocktail recipe, but for some, it could mean cleaner, life-sustaining water.

In many developing countries, the only source of water is contaminated with viruses and bacteria. In fact, the United Nations estimates that 1 in 6 people don't have access to enough fresh drinking water.

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