Politics
12:23 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Yellow lines painted to ameliorate parking problems near Grant Elementary

Columbia Public Works Department workers recently painted yellow lines to restrict parking along Crestmere and South Garth Avenue.

Crestmere Avenue residents are frustrated at the parking situation on their street. Library patrons and parents with children in Grant Elementary school park on the street, leaving no room for residents. Workers painted the yellow lines after a resident asked their council representative to review the situation. Public Works Department Engineer Richard Stone said the yellow lines provide information to motorists.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

McCaskill waits on tables at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing

McCaskill visits with patrons of Flat Branch Pub and Brewing in Columbia, Mo. on Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012.
Elisa Lopez KBIA

Senator Claire McCaskill stopped by Flat Branch Pub and Brewing in Columbia on Tuesday to show her support for students and middle class families.

McCaskill said she partly paid for college by working as a waitress. On Tuesday, she reenacted that experience as she waited tables at Flat Branch for an hour. McCaskill said she’s concerned about Missouri’s students.

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Views of the News
12:11 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Crowley Checks Libya Claims; Hillary Takes Blame; NYT Page 1 Call; Felix's Jump

Professor Charles Davis

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

The Salt
12:10 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

What's For Dinner? Fueling A Presidential Debate

Top: Saul Loeb/Nicole Branan, Bottom: Shy Man/Justin Sullivan Top: Getty Images/iStockphotos, Bottom: iStockphotos/Getty Images

Last night's presidential debate showed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaping off his barstool at the first question, and an equally charged President Obama walking purposefully around the stage and doing some strong finger waving to emphasize his remarks.

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Election 2012
12:09 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

October Surmise: Predicting The Next President

Fans wear President Obama and Mitt Romney masks at the Atlanta Braves-Miami Marlins game Sept. 25 in Atlanta. One of many quirky election year predictors is based on which candidate's likeness sells better as a Halloween mask.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:07 pm

Predicting a presidential winner is one of America's favorite pastimes in an election year.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Green Party Presidential Candidates Are Arrested Outside Debate Venue

Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:16 pm

The presidential and vice presidential candidates on the Green Party ticket were arrested yesterday when they tried to get into the site of the second presidential debate.

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The Salt
11:40 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A New Look For The Salt

Love white space? Hate the busy right rail? Want bigger art and easier access to The Salt from your mobile phone and tablet? We hear you. And as you can see, we've responded.

Welcome to the new, more streamlined look, designed for The Salt and all of NPR's blogs as we move to a responsive web design for a world that's looking to get news and information on the go, in all forms.

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Election 2012
11:06 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Speechwriters Size Up Round 2

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Was it debate night or fight night? We'll spend some time talking about that today. Later we'll ask our panel of women commentators, our Beauty Shop Roundtable, for their reactions, and we'll ask them about the latest Chanel No. 5 ad featuring - wait for it - Brad Pitt. That's later.

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Shots - Health News
10:56 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Insurance Exchanges Can Aid Some Medicare Beneficiaries

Increasingly, companies are contracting with Medicare exchanges to try to ease the transition for their former employees.
Michael McCloskey iStockphoto.com

When D. Sloan Hill retired 20 years ago at age 65 from his job in public affairs for a major manufacturing company, his former employer provided a health insurance plan that filled in the gaps in his Medicare coverage. It was a good arrangement--until the end of last year when the company discontinued his private coverage, and Hill had to figure out what to do.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:44 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tough Old Lizard To Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki

Oh, dear.

First off, this lizard? It's not really a lizard. It's an almost vanished species, a reptile like no other.

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