Wed July 18, 2012

Romney Narrows Potential List Of Running Mates

With the veepstakes underway, NPR's Jennifer Ludden and Political Junkie Ken Rudin talk with Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, about the strategy of selecting a vice-presidential candidate.


Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In First Enforcement, Consumer Watchdog Fines Capital One

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 2:20 pm

People use an ATM at a Capital One Bank branch in Washington in April 2012.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Capital One Bank has agreed to refund two million of its customers $140 million over allegations that it used deceptive marketing tactics to pressure or mislead customers into buying add-on products, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today. The bank and credit-card lending company will also pay a $25 million penalty.

This is the consumer watchdog agency's first public enforcement action.

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Wed July 18, 2012

Rethinking Economies: Ideas For 'Fixing The Future'

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 12:42 pm

Raquel Rodriguez and Sylvia Barrios work at Yo Mama's Catering Cooperative, the first worker-owned catering business in Austin, Tx.
JumpStart Productions LLC

In the documentary Fixing the Future, reporter David Brancaccio traveled across America to talk to people who are working to reinvent the American economy. Through innovative approaches to creating jobs and wealth — like time banking, worker cooperatives, local currencies and community banking — Americans are rethinking how we measure prosperity and calculate GDP.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with Brancaccio about new experiments in the economy of the future.

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Wed July 18, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

An assistant police chief in Tuscaloosa County says the suspect in a mass shooting at a bar had been fired from his job after a fistfight with a co-worker. 

Brookwood Assistant Police Chief Jimmy Sellers said 44-year-old Nathan Van Wilkins told police in April he was angry about his firing. 

Victims Recovering

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Wed July 18, 2012
Monkey See

Emmy Nominations Are Tomorrow, So Let's Overanalyze Our Favorites

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 2:27 pm

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad.
Gregory Peters AMC

Thursday morning, TV critics will report, with a little (in the case of east coast critics) or a lot (particularly in the case of west coast critics up at 5:00 in the morning) of grumpiness, who's gotten Emmy nominations. Some of my thoughts about the Emmys came out in a chat I recently had with several of my critic colleagues, graciously hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, which has posted the unedited chat.

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Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Disasters Declared In More Counties; 1,297 Affected So Far

A corn plant that was struggling to survive this week in a drought-stricken farm field near Shawneetown, Ill.
Scott Olson Getty Images

With the addition of 29 counties in eight states today, there are now 1,297 counties across the nation so stricken by drought and heat that they've been declared natural disaster areas, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack just announced. That's about one-third of all U.S. counties, he said.

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Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Has Syria Reached A Tipping Point?

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 1:27 pm

Video taken from Syrian TV purportedly shows government forces taking up position during clashes with rebels Wednesday in the Al-Midan district of Damascus.
AFP/Getty Images

In most every uprising that topples a government, there's a pivotal moment when the momentum swings dramatically to the opposition and a regime that once seemed sturdy suddenly appears extremely vulnerable.

That moment may have come with Wednesday's bombing inside the National Security building in Damascus, the most powerful blow the Syrian opposition has yet delivered to President Bashar Assad's regime since the uprising began in March 2011.

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Wed July 18, 2012
The Salt

Hot Or Not? Potato Board Tries To Un-Dud The Spud

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Tiny spuds decked out with cheese fondue sauce and a sprinkling of broccoli shavings at a dinner sponsored by the U.S. Potato Board.
Benjamin Morris/NPR

It may not be obvious to the average shopper or diner, but the potato is an embattled vegetable. Yes, the simple spud, so ubiquitous, so unassuming, may be in need of a makeover.

That's at least the view of the U.S. Potato Board, the organization responsible for marketing American potatoes here at home and abroad.

"The potato has been in a rut," Meredith Myers, spokeswoman for the U.S. Potato Board, tells The Salt.

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Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over Targeted Killing Of Three Citizens

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 5:30 pm

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

In a lawsuit filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights allege the United States violated the Constitution's gurantee of due process when it ordered the targeted killing of three United States citizens.

The groups filed the suit against top military and intelligence officials on behalf relatives of the three Americans who were killed in drone strikes in Yemen last fall.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Wed July 18, 2012

WVAS-FM Salutes The Newest NEA Jazz Masters

The NEA announced it's newest Jazz Masters, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon and Eddie Palmieri.

Congratulations from WVAS-FM.