12:45pm

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Regulators Promise Oversight Of Offshore Drilling Contractors

Men fish off a pier at a jetty in Dauphin Island, Ala., with oil rigs in the background. The U.S. government is changing how it regulates drilling platforms.

Mario Tama Getty Images

Nearly 18 months after a disastrous oil spill killed wildlife and endangered the futures of fishermen and resort businesses along the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government announces it will regulate not only the operators of offshore oil rigs, but the contractors who own and work on them, as well.

The shift in enforcement is one of several changes announced in the past 24 hours, as federal regulators seek to ensure the Gulf spill catastrophe does not recur.

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12:00pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Children's Health

Helping Kids Cope With Allergies

Fall means back-to-school, colder weather and allergy season. As part of Tell Me More's series on chronic conditions, the moms discuss their challenges in keeping kids with food or seasonal allergies safe. Michel Martin hears from regular contributor Jolene Ivey, nutritionist Janine Whiteson, and Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a physician at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago whose daughter has a peanut allergy.

12:00pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Around the Nation

As States Cut Court Budgets, Who Pays The Price?

As many states are coping with diminished budgets, they're slashing funding to court systems. This has led to delays in traffic hearings, divorce proceedings and other issues affecting everyday Americans. Some analysts are worrying about states' abilities to dispense justice. Michel Martin speaks with Mary McQueen of the National Center for State Courts.

12:00pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Your Money

Debit Fees Pushing Minorities Out Of Banking System?

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Sun Trust recently announced that they will charge customers a monthly fee to use their debit cards for purchases. Some financial experts are expressing concerns that the fees will push low-income and minority customers out of the banking system. Michel Martin hears from Tell Me More's regular finance contributor Alvin Hall.

12:00pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Around the Nation

'Occupy Wall Street' Protests Gain Wider Ground

More than 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend at an 'Occupy Wall Street' protest. The movement began in New York as a reaction to what organizers call corporate greed. The demonstrations have spread to other cities like Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Michel Martin hears from WNYC Reporter Arun Venugopal and 'Occupy Wall Street' protestor Kyle Christopher.

11:50am

Tue October 4, 2011
Science

Fossils Help Rev Hard-Hit Newfoundland Fishing Area

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:34 pm

Guy Narbonne, a paleontologist at Queen's University in Ontario, inspects a fossil at the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland. It is filled with half-a-billion-year-old treasures like this one.

Ari Daniel Shapiro for NPR

Sometimes the solution to a new problem is right in front of you — or, in the case of one community in Newfoundland, right under their feet. That's where residents, who partnered with paleontologists, discovered that fossils could serve as engines for tourism — and scientific research — in an area that had hit tough times.

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11:48am

Tue October 4, 2011
Around the Nation

On 10th Anniversary Of Murder, FBI Seeks New Clues

Tom Wales, a federal prosecutor and gun control advocate, was murdered in his home on Oct. 11, 2001. There have been no arrests in the case — but the Justice Department is still seeking leads.

FBI

The Justice Department is focusing new attention on the decade-old murder of a federal prosecutor in Seattle.

Tom Wales was killed in his home in 2001, one month to the day after Sept. 11. The case remains unsolved.

But a new public information campaign is designed to bring in new leads.

The Murder

On an overcast fall morning, Amy Wales returns to the home she grew up in on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill.

"The cherry tree in front of the house — I remember when my father planted it. It was so small," she says.

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11:45am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

At 'Underwear Bomber' Trial: An Outburst And A Shirt Change

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 11:50 am

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a 2009 booking photograph released by the U.S. Marshals Service in Detroit.

AFP/Getty Images

The trial of the Nigerian man who authorities say tried to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear as a jetliner prepared to land in Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 began with some drama today in Detroit.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab declared as jury selection got underway that "Anwar is alive" — a reference to American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed on Friday by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

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10:35am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Bernanke: Economic Outlook Has Deteriorated

Federal Reserve policymakers expect "a somewhat slower pace of economic growth over coming quarters" than they had been forecasting just four months ago, Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress this hour.

There has been, he added in a statement prepared for the Joint Economic Committee, a "deterioration in the economic outlook over the summer."

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10:30am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Salt

Sesame Street Tackles Child Hunger, One Muppet At A Time

Sesame Workshop

There's a poignant moment right at the top of Sesame Street's new prime-time special, "Growing Hope Against Hunger." Everybody's gathered for a food drive near Hooper's store when, Lily, a new Muppet developed specifically for the show, reveals to Elmo that "sometimes I go with my family to the food pantry." Elmo is clearly jolted by the news. "Elmo never even has to think about where his next meal is coming from," he says.

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