11:19am

Tue November 6, 2012
Education

Is The Nightly Homework Battle Worth It?

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:03 pm

A lot of kids hate homework, and studies show they're getting more of it than ever. But experts are questioning whether the work is worth it. Host Michel Martin discusses the debate over homework with a panel of parents, including regular contributor Jolene Ivey, psychologist Kenneth Goldberg and educator Stephen Jones.

11:19am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Will Hidden Issues Make The Agenda Next Term?

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation about the big issues missing on the campaign trail. Issues like crime, caregiving, poverty and climate change might affect millions of people, but they may not win a lot of votes. Martin speaks with a panel of journalists about whether these issues will enter the conversation over the next four years.

11:19am

Tue November 6, 2012
Your Money

Angie's Tips On Avoiding Storm Scams

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:03 pm

Severe weather could be headed for regions hard hit by superstorm Sandy, so many homeowners are scrambling to make repairs. The rush might make them vulnerable to so-called storm chasers — con artists posing as contractors. Host Michel Martin speaks with Angie Hicks, founder of the website Angie's List, for tips on how to avoid home repair scams.

11:05am

Tue November 6, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Alabamians have started heading to the polls today as they vote for president, a handful of statewide races and 11 proposed constitutional amendments.  Long lines have formed at several polling precincts in Montgomery.  The political experts are expecting state voters to turn out in large numbers similar to 2008. 


Voting Rights

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10:47am

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Car Bomb Kills At Least 26 In Baghdad Attack

An explosive-filled car was detonated near an Army base in Baghdad today, just as would-be recruits gathered outside. The explosion killed at least 26 people, reports The New York Times. Reuters puts the death toll at 31.

Reuters reports that this is "one of the worst attacks this year on [Iraq's] military."

The wire service adds:

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10:32am

Tue November 6, 2012
Shots - Health News

Depression And Health Spending Go Together

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:38 am

Among common health problems, depression was linked to the highest increase in annual spending by employers' on workers' health care.
iStockphoto.com

Depression is the most costly among 10 common risk factors linked to higher health spending on employees, according to a new study drawn from the experience at seven companies.

The analysis, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that these factors — which also included obesity, high blood sugar and high blood pressure — were associated with nearly a quarter of the money spent on the health care of more than 92,000 workers.

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9:23am

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTO: Mitt And Ann Romney Cast Their Ballots In Massachusetts

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann Romney vote in Belmont, Mass., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

The Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann cast their ballots near their home in Belmont, Mass. this morning.

Garrett Jackson, Romney's assistant, has been keeping a close record on Twitter of Romney's Election Day movements.

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9:02am

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Evacuation Ordered In Brick, New Jersey Ahead Of Intense Nor'Easter

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 1:03 pm

A satellite image of the clouds and storms over the United States.
NOAA

There is no good news for New Jersey this morning. Already struggling to clean up from the mess left behind by Superstorm Sandy, an intense winter storm is on its way.

In fact, officials have already ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents living in the low-lying areas of Brick, New Jersey.

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8:34am

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

In The Rockaways, People Were Voting In The Dark

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:32 am

Debris lay in front of homes in a Rockaway neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, on Monday. The Manhattan skyline is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Craig Ruttle AP

"Here in the rockaways, people are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat."

That's how NPR's Robert Smith described the situation in the Rockaways, which is in one of the boroughs hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy in New York.

"There was supposed to be a generator running to run this entire polling place but when poll workers got there in the morning, they discovered it had no fuel," Robert told our Newscast unit.

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8:16am

Tue November 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Voting Queue Etiquette: Hey, Buddy, That's Out Of Line!

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:17 am

South Floridians stood in long lines Sunday during the last day of early voting in Miami.
Alan Diaz AP

For most of us, Election Day marks a welcome end to months of relentless political ads and partisan bickering. You show up at your polling place, run the gantlet of sign-wielding campaign volunteers, and join your fellow Americans in long lines that inch toward the voting booth.

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