Education
5:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New program at Douglass High School makes sure older kids don't get left behind

ELL Teacher Karen Cottrell observes her students at Douglass High School. Cottrell is new to the district this year, and is helping lift the pilot Douglass Academy program off the ground.
Ryan Schuessler KBIA

Columbia Public Schools is implementing a new program at Douglass High School designed to help at risk students graduate with the skills they need to join the workforce. It’s called Douglas Academy, and is catered to older students who enter the school system late and would be left behind by the traditional path to graduation. 

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Education
5:24 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New school lunch requirements create waste, hungry kids

A New Franklin School District trashcan steadily fills throughout the lunch period on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. A majority of the student’s finished trays of food still held untouched servings of fruit and vegetables.
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

Remember those 20 days in 1981 when the Department of Agriculture considered making ketchup a vegetable in school lunches to help save money?  Those days are long gone.  With childhood obesity on the rise, the school lunch program is getting a makeover once again.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:24 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Emergency homeless shelter remains open after scheduled close

Photo of Wiley House in Fulton
KOMUnews Flickr

The Wiley House in Fulton will remain open despite being scheduled to close its doors due to lack of funding. 

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Crime
4:47 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Holts Summit residents report AC theft

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Between August and September, at least six Holts Summit residents have reported theft of materials from outdoor portions of their central AC units.

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'Another Thing': Test Your Clever Skills
4:38 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

'Another Thing': Singing The Housework Blues

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Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 8:38 pm

Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free Range Kids, bring you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. We take a trend in the news and challenge you to help us satirize it with a song title, a movie name or something else wacky.

This week's challenge: A study out of Norway found that couples who split the chores equally are 50 percent more likely to divorce.

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Crime
4:22 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Victim's relatives outraged over Columbia man's prison release

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Relatives are outraged that authorities freed a Missouri man sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl execution-style and wounding two others.

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From Our Listeners
3:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Letters: The Enduring Line Of Inigo Montoya

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 4:38 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Time now for your comments about our program. And today, comments inspired by this memorable movie line.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE PRINCESS BRIDE")

MANDY PATINKIN: (as Inigo Montoya) Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.

SIEGEL: Spanish swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film, "The Princess Bride." As the movie celebrates its 25th anniversary, the actor who delivered that line, Mandy Patinkin, talked with my co-host Melissa Block about how often he's asked to repeat it.

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Presidential Race
3:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Romney Paints Obama As 'Weak Leader' In Middle East

Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 7:28 am

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Later this month, President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet for a debate focused exclusively on foreign policy, but the Republican is not waiting until then to confront the issue. Today, in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney attacked the Obama administration's policies, especially in the Middle East.

MITT ROMNEY: It's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office.

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Solve This
3:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 6:48 am

In the next two installments of Solve This, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. First, President Obama's strategy, then Mitt Romney's.

Job creation is the centerpiece of President Obama's campaign speeches.

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Business
3:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Plucky Former Poultry Farmer Goes Wild For Gators

A group of baby gators basking in the sun.
jganser iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 8:29 pm

Just outside of Camilla, Ga. — about four hours southwest of Atlanta — up a dirt road called Alligator Lane, is one of the largest alligator farms in the country.

"We've got about 20 chicken houses, and we've got about 100,000 alligators on the farm," says owner Mark Glass.

That's right, 100,000 alligators, and they are in big demand in Europe's high-fashion industry.

Right now it's hatching season.

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