11:41am

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

BusinessWeek: Karl Rove Jokes About Todd Akin's Murder

Karl Rove talks on his mobile phone as he walks across the floor before the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It's probably no exaggeration to say that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for the senate race in Missouri who caused an uproar with his comments about abortion, became one of the least popular figures within the GOP.

How unpopular? Just look at the joke Republican master strategist Karl Rove made during a fundraiser:

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11:06am

Fri August 31, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Is the VictoryLand Casino Complex in Macon County preparing to reopen? 

An attorney for owner Milton McGregor confirmed that VictoryLand has begun taking applications. Tuskegee mayor-elect Johnny Ford tells WVAS News he believes this week's announcement that a court settlement between the casino and charities will pave the way for VictoryLand to reopen before the end of the year.

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11:01am

Fri August 31, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Is the VictoryLand Casino Complex in Macon County preparing to reopen? 

An attorney for owner Milton McGregor confirmed that VictoryLand has begun taking applications. Tuskegee mayor-elect Johnny Ford tells WVAS News he believes this week's announcement that a court settlement between the casino and charities will pave the way for VictoryLand to reopen before the end of the year.

Uniontown Voting

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10:54am

Fri August 31, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Dog Days And Classic Film Talk

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When you can't beat the slowness of late summer as an entertainment season, you can at least embrace it, and that's what we did this week. Dog days of summer winding down, you say? We say it's time to talk about pop culture dogs. Not dogs in the "lousy product" sense, but dogs in the sense of literal, actual dogs. Faithful, friendly, silly, whether the size of an ottoman or the size of a wallet.

Among the little treasures, Stephen is fond of this slightly obscure dog — at least these eight minutes of him.

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10:29am

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Fed Chief Bernanke Issues Strong Hint Of Further Stimulus

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:49 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

As the AP reads it, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stopped just short of "committing the Fed to any specific move, such as another round of bond purchases to lower long-term interest rates."

Bernanke gave a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wy. today. As with all his speeches, it was being closely watched for signs on what the Federal Reserve would do next.

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9:55am

Fri August 31, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Doping: It's Just Part Of The Game

Are performance enhancing drugs just part of the game, proscribed by the rules but understood by all to be a gray area open to interpretation, like a tough call by a referee or umpire?
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

I would like to begin by thanking readers, so many of whom took the effort to express their outrage at my suggestion, posted here last week, that perhaps the widespread criticism of Lance Armstrong, and other athletes who have been

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9:15am

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Mitt Romney Headed To Louisiana To Tour Hurricane Damage

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:43 am

Just hours after accepting the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Mitt Romney is headed to Louisiana for a more sober occasion: He will tour the damage left by Hurricane Isaac.

Update at 11:42 a.m. ET. President Obama also announced that he would visit the affected areas on Monday.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports Romney hopes to console the victims of the floods. Ari filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"This New Orleans trip was a last-minute addition to the schedule.

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9:03am

Fri August 31, 2012
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 30, 2012

Ivan Doig's The Bartender's Tale, about a single father facing his past, debuts at No. 13.

8:58am

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Chicago Teachers Union Set Sept. 10 Walkout, If No Deal Is Reached

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:00 pm

Chicago Teachers Union members picket on Aug. 22 in Chicago.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

If teachers and administrators can't reach a deal for a new contract by Sept. 10, Chicago Teachers Union members will walk out of classrooms.

As the AP reports, the union's president said they made that decision because they were "tired of being bullied, belittled and betrayed."

The AP adds:

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8:46am

Fri August 31, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Tax Breaks For Organ Donors Aren't Boosting Transplant Supply

A kidney donor is wheeled to an operating room for a transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in late June.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Seventeen states offer tax incentives to people who donate a kidney, a portion of their liver or bone marrow for transplantation. But a study finds these sweeteners aren't working.

Researchers looked at what happened in the years before and after these tax incentives were passed and found no increase in organ donation rates.

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