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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Africa

Egypt Election Update

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Later this week in Egypt, the official results of the presidential election will be announced. Steve Inskeep talks to Egyptian journalist and commentator Issandr El Amrani about why there haven't been mass protests over the military council's power grab during the election.

4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

The Federal Reserve starts its latest two-day meeting Tuesday, and analysts around the globe are wondering whether the central bank will end ease monetary policy. The meeting follows some tough U.S. labor data and the recent Greek elections.

4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Microsoft's Surface Tablet To Compete With iPad

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now in Hollywood last night, Microsoft unveiled its newest product: a tablet computer to compete with the iPad. Putting out a computer is an unusual move for Microsoft, which is mostly known for software.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco was at the announcement.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a photo studio for the stars, Microsoft engineers revealed their snazzy new tablet, which they call Surface.

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3:17am

Tue June 19, 2012
Music Interviews

Killer Mike: On Ronald Reagan And Raising Daughters

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 5:05 pm

Killer Mike's new album, his sixth, is called R.A.P. Music.
Courtesy of Life and Death PR

Atlanta rapper Michael Santiago Render, known professionally as Killer Mike, released his sixth album this month. It's called R.A.P. Music. The album's title isn't about hip-hop, per se, but refers to an acronym tweeted by another Georgian, a critic named Maurice Garland, two years ago. "He just put it up randomly: 'Rap music is supposed to be Rebellious African People,' " Killer Mike told Morning Edition. "I said, 'Yo, i'm naming my next album that.' "

You can hear a portion of the show's interview with Killer Mike at the audio link, but keep reading for more.

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3:15am

Tue June 19, 2012
Energy

Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a news conference on June 7 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Ban wants to focus on making energy available to the poorest populations of the world.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Diplomats and activists from around the world are meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week to talk about how the planet's growing population can live better lives without damaging the environment. The Rio+20 meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio, a watershed meeting to address topics as diverse as climate change and biodiversity.

At this follow-up meeting, delegates hope to highlight an issue that was almost absent from the Earth Summit: making energy available to everyone in the world.

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3:14am

Tue June 19, 2012
Revolutionary Road Trip

Muslim Faction Has Its Roots In Cairo Coffee Klatch

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Mohammed Tolba (center) talks with friends at a coffee shop in the Cairo suburbs. The 33-year-old Egyptian is trying to change the public perception of Salafists, Muslims who believe in a literal interpretation of the Quran.
John W. Poole NPR

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is nearing the end of his Revolutionary Road Trip, a journey across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves. Steve and his team began in Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, drove across the deserts of Libya, and filed this report from the third and final country, Egypt.

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3:09am

Tue June 19, 2012
Politics

A Fine Line: Distinguishing Issue Ads From Advocacy

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

3:07am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

It's Taxis Vs. Limos In Laid-Back Portland

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Portland, Ore., imposes two different fare structures on taxis and other kinds of short-trip vehicles. Two town car companies say those different rules are unconstitutional.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

With just over a half-million residents, Portland, Ore., is not exactly a major metropolis. In this bike- and mass-transit-friendly city, there are typically more bikes and buses plying the downtown streets than taxis and town cars.

So when Mike Porter wanted to drum up business for his town car company, he did what a lot of businesses do: He took out a Groupon ad, offering a discounted fare to or from the airport.

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3:06am

Tue June 19, 2012
Asia

Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:46 am

Vannak Prum of Cambodia was sold onto a Thai fishing boat where he was forced to work in miserable conditions for three years before escaping. Thailand's huge fishing industry is coming under increasing criticism for using trafficked workers who have been sold to unscrupulous ship captains.
Becky Palmstrom and Shannon Service for NPR

Thailand supplies a large portion of America's seafood. But Thailand's giant fishing fleet is chronically short of up to 60,000 fishermen per year, leaving captains scrambling to find crew. Human traffickers have stepped in, selling captives from Cambodia and Myanmar to the captains for a few hundred dollars each. Once at sea, the men often go months, or even years, without setting foot on land.

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10:00am

Mon June 18, 2012
Health

Tanning limited for teens in New York state

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to limit the use of tanning beds by teenagers.

The bill will ban children 16 years and under from going to tanning salons. Seventeen-year-olds will still be allowed to use tanning beds with written permission from their parents.

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9:23am

Mon June 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

How the maker of Saranac beer is turning wastewater into energy

Matt Brewing CEO Nick Matt, in blue blazer, discusses the brewery's addition of an anaerobic digester.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Five big new tanks have arrived at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica. But they won't be used to make the brewery's signature Saranac brand craft beer.

Instead, the tanks will act as anaerobic digesters for the brewery's wastewater.

Special bacteria will munch on the yeast and grains left floating around. The process will get the water about 85 percent cleaner before it's discharged into the sewer system, according to CEO Nick Matt.

But the digestion process also gives off methane gas and carbon dioxide.

That methane will be used to power a generator. CEO Matt says the new system will cover up to 40 percent of the brewery's electricity needs.

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7:37am

Mon June 18, 2012
Business

Microsoft Expected To Debut Tablet Rival To iPad

Microsoft isn't confirming but the company is expected to unveil a tablet device at an event in Los Angeles on Monday. Bloomberg News reports sources say the device would compete with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle. Meanwhile, IBM has created a computer that ranks the fastest in the world. The Sequoia machine beat out the previous No. 1, the Japanese Fujitsu.

7:09am

Mon June 18, 2012
Africa

Islamists Claim Victory In Egypt's Presidential Vote

Over the weekend, Egyptians completed voting in their historic presidential election. The Muslim Brotherhood has declared its candidate the winner, but official results are days away.

7:05am

Mon June 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Will Obama's Immigration Policy Affect Alabama's Law?

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:24 am

Friday's announcement by the Obama administration that the U.S. plans to stop deporting some illegal immigrants received mixed reviews in Alabama. That state has one of the most aggressive anti-immigration laws in the country.

6:51am

Mon June 18, 2012
NPR Story

Head Of Syrian Opposition Tries To Unify Anti-Assad Groups

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 7:16 am

The main opposition group in Syria is making a renewed push to unify various strands of the anti-regime movement. The new head of the Syrian National Council wants to broaden the group's appeal, and combat fears that it is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

6:45am

Mon June 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Re-Enactors Take On Elvis' Parents' Wedding

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:50 am

An Elvis impersonator may be a cliche, but Zac Hutchenson and Chastity Floyd found something original to do. They reenacted the wedding of Elvis Presley's parents over the weekend in Verona, Miss. Back in 1933, Vernon Presley was too young to marry without his parents' permission. So at age 17, he lied about his age, borrowed the cash for a license and wed Gladys Smith.

6:42am

Mon June 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Taco Bell Hoax Upsets Small Alaska Town

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 7:56 am

The small Alaska town of Bethel has a population of 6,000, and the area can only be reached by boat or plane. Fliers posted throughout the town last week promised a Taco Bell. Sadly, it was what the Anchorage Daily News called "an evil hoax."

3:09am

Mon June 18, 2012
Latin America

G-20 Leaders In Mexico Concentrate On Euro Crisis

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:39 am

President Obama and other world leaders are gathering in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday for the G-20 summit. They're hoping to get some assurances that European governments are getting control of their financial problems before they become a further drag on the global economy.

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3:07am

Mon June 18, 2012
Revolutionary Road Trip

And Now For The Lighter Side Of Egypt's Revolution

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:48 am

One of the founders of Egypt's satirical online magazine El Koshary Today, Taha Belal, 28, at the Freedom Bar in downtown Cairo. Since Egypt's revolution last year, political parody has become popular on the Internet.
John W. Poole NPR

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is wrapping up his Revolutionary Road Trip, a journey of more than 2,700 miles across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves. Steve and his team have traveled from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya, and filed this report from the third and final country, Egypt.

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3:05am

Mon June 18, 2012
Europe

Locals Fear Venice Becoming 'A Big Shopping Center'

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:45 pm

A gondola sails in front of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, which has been sold to Benetton Group. The clothing company plans to convert the Venice landmark into a shopping mall.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

As Italy tries to fight its way out of a full-blown recession, the state and local governments are coming up with creative — and some say questionable — sources of revenue.

The latest example comes from Venice, where Benetton, the trendy Italian clothing-maker, is poised to put the city's first shopping mall right on the Grand Canal. Residents are up in arms, but officials say deals like these keep the lagoon city afloat.

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10:55am

Fri June 15, 2012
Around the Nation

U.S. To Stop Deporting Some Young Illegal Immigrants

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Obama administration is announcing a major change in immigration policy this morning. It affects people who are brought to the U.S. as children illegally. Beginning immediately, these young people can avoid deportation and will be allowed to work in this country. The move could affect as many as 800,000 undocumented residents 30 years old or younger.

Joining us now to talk about the move is NPR's Scott Horsley. He's at the White House. And Scott, who exactly is affected?

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10:13am

Fri June 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

Will Wallenda's wirewalk help Niagara Falls' economy?

Nik Wallenda's 1,800-foot, seven ton wire has been strung across Niagara Falls. His wirewalk Friday night has local officials bullish on future tourism efforts.
Daniel Robison Innovation Trail/WBFO

Nik Wallenda will walk across Niagara Falls on a highwire tonight.

The city of Niagara Falls, New York sees Wallenda’s wirewalk as its best change in decades to revive tourism and spark economic development, but measuring Wallenda’s long-term impact may be tough, assuming there is one at all.

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9:56am

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer wants to bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York

New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a new bill that he says would help bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York.

The bill would provide a 20 percent tax credit for businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the US as well as close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

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9:45am

Fri June 15, 2012
Health

Bath salts: Complaints and calls on the rise

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The misuse of the designer drug called bath salts continues to be in the news as the number of complaints about the drug is on the rise.

The death of a Munnsville woman is the latest central New York case involving the suspected use of the man-made drugs.

In all of 2011, there were 118 calls to the Upstate Poison Control Center about bath salts. This year there have been 141 so far.

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9:20am

Fri June 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

Pro, anti fracking advocates clash in Albany

Supporters and opponents of a plan to allow limited hydrofracking in New York’s Southern Tier region confronted each other at the state Capitol .

For months, the Cuomo administration has been signaling that it might permit the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking in a few areas in the Marcellus Shale region where the majority of people in communities want the gas drilling process to begin.

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8:36am

Fri June 15, 2012
Middle East

U.N. Sees 'Lack Of Willingness' For Peace In Syria

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

After a week of escalating violence in Syria, the chief U.N. official there in the country said today that efforts to resolve the conflict have had little effect. It was a bleak assessment from the man leading the United Nations observer mission for the past six months. NPR's Deborah Amos joins us from Damascus, where she has been out with observers assessing the situation.

And Deb, what was the message today from Major General Robert Mood?

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8:26am

Fri June 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

Congressman Owens says Cuomo administration “noncommittal” on new water levels plan

Jamie Henderson Flickr

The new water levels proposal for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario has garnered some criticism from a group of state lawmakers along the lake's southern shore. This week they asked the governor to oppose the plan.

Last week, Congressman Bill Owens came out in favor of the proposal and said he'd ask for Governor Andrew Cuomo's support. Both Owens and environmental advocates say the opposition's arguments aren't based on the facts of the new plan.

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7:37am

Fri June 15, 2012
Strange News

Haboob Haiku: Arizona Tweets About Storm Safety

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Summer dust storms in Arizona have a funny name - haboobs - but they can be deadly. This summer, Arizona transportation officials turned to poetry in their safety campaign, encouraging Twitter users to tweet haikus, like this one from Mindy Lee: Haboobs blow through town. In one instant it is dark. Pull over and wait. And here's Will Watson's: You're not a Jedi. This is not Tatooine, Luke. Pull over, man. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:28am

Fri June 15, 2012
Strange News

AP Issues Style Guidelines On 'Jeggings,' 'Jorts'

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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