Politics
4:45 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

In Presidential Ads, A Shared Strategy For Connection

President Obama and Mitt Romney campaign in August: Obama in Leesburg, Va.; Romney in Waukesha, Wis.
AP

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:29 pm

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World
4:26 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The Tricky Business Of Reintegrating The Taliban

Former Taliban fighters display their weapons as they join Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province on Sept. 18.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 4:59 pm

In an attempt to put down the insurgency in Afghanistan, the international community has spent millions to try to reintegrate former Taliban fighters and other militants back into society.

So how well has it worked?

Critics like Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network say many militants use these programs to gain access to arms and money, without necessarily changing their ways.

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Agriculture
4:23 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Drought leads to lower beef prices in Missouri

Adam Kuban/flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/slice/482963344/

The worst drought in decades is set to lower beef prices for the state of Missouri. The rising cost of feed for cows has compelled ranchers to slaughter their herds, rather than pay significantly more for feed. The increase in slaughter of cattle creates more supply, while demand stays relatively the same. President of Missouri Legacy Beef, Mark Manken said it is a difficult time for ranchers.

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NewsPoet: Writing The Day In Verse
3:50 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

NewsPoet: Philip Schultz Writes The Day In Verse

Philip Schultz visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Monday.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 6:24 pm

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Fox News' Smith Apologizes After Man Commits Suicide On Air

Shepard Smith apologized to viewers Friday afternoon, after his show aired live footage of a man who fled police and then shot himself.
Fox News

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 10:30 am

After inadvertently airing live coverage of a car chase that ended with a man's suicide, Shepard Smith of Fox News has issued an apology to viewers of his show. The incident occurred as the cable network carried a live feed of a man fleeing police on the interstate west of Phoenix.

In the footage, the man abandoned his vehicle and began running across a field, before pulling out a gun and shooting himself in the head. Despite being filmed from a helicopter hovering above the scene, the footage was graphic enough to prompt immediate yelling in the Fox News studio.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin admits arrest, calls McCaskill not very "ladylike"

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said he was arrested in an anti-abortion demonstration two decades ago.

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It's All Politics
3:24 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

In Blue-Leaning Connecticut, Tight Senate Race Has Democrat On Offense

Linda McMahon (center) visits a senior center in Naugatuck, Conn., this month.
Jessica Hill AP

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 6:24 pm

It might seem counterintuitive, but the man running against Republican Linda McMahon in her second attempt at becoming Connecticut's first female senator wants this race to be all about women.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy released an ad this week, hammering McMahon's stance on women's health and reminding voters of McMahon's former role as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

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Arts and Culture
3:19 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Knee Deep in Knickers (Ferber)

The irrepressible Emma McChesney is back, creating a fashion revolution while facing defeat from the green-eyed monster.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford and Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 1:03 pm

It took a while, but the London folk-rock band Mumford & Sons broke big with its 2009 debut album, Sigh No More. The album combines the raspy vocals of singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and rootsy instrumentation on tracks that range from soothing to rocking.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Some lawmakers hope to ban texting while driving

In the state of Missouri only drivers 21 years and younger are prohibited from texting while driving. Missouri is just one of 11 states without a ban on text messaging by all drivers. This year alone the Legislature had at least seven distracted driving bills before it, but none came to a vote.  Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia said the lawmakers will make another attempt to ban drivers from texting in the next legislative season.

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he supports the ban on texting while driving.

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