Politics
7:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

School districts prepare for round of trustee elections

The filing period for the May 12 elections brought numerous candidates to the field for area school board vacancies. Meanwhile, several other trustee races garnered no challenger, and some positions failed to attract any candidates.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Thu March 8, 2012

In Video, Man Said To Be Syrian Oil Ministry Official Says He's Defecting

  • Kelly McEvers on 'Morning Edition'

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Around the Nation
6:15 am
Thu March 8, 2012

California Teacher Moonlights As Porn Star

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6:08 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Indiana Legislature Votes On Official State Gun

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

House Expected To OK Jobs Bill In 'Rare Agreement' With Obama

Sometimes bipartisanship does shine down on the Capitol.
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Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 1:01 pm

Update at 1:55 p.m. ET. The House Passes JOBS Act:

Saying that it shows the federal legislature can work in a bipartisan fashion, the Republican-controlled House passed the JOBS Act, which was supported by President Obama.

"It is a welcome sign that we can put our differences aside and work together to produce results to help boost the economy and get people back to work," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, according to the AP.

The bill was passed with a vote of 390-23.

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Sulphur Springs
5:42 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Groundbreaking planned for new City Hall

Photo By Cindy Roller

SULPHUR SPRINGS - City and community leaders will gather in front of the old Sulphur Springs library Friday morning for the start of construction on new city offices.

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Middle East
3:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Syrian Rebels Commit To Anti-Government Strategy

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 3:00 pm

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Western governments are still debating whether to help Syria's rebels. But as they debate, the rebels are finding ways to help themselves.

INSKEEP: Syrians continue arming themselves, even after they retreated from the battered city of Homs. This week, the United Nations' humanitarian chief finally toured that city, including a rebel neighborhood, now mostly abandoned.

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Business
3:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Last Word In Business

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And we turn now to a group of people worth almost as much as a small country. Today's last word in business goes to Forbes magazine, which has released its 25th annual billionaires list.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Creditors Face Deadline In Greek Bond Swap

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 3:00 pm

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Private creditors holding Greek bonds have until the end of today to participate in the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history. This means creditors must exchange the Greek government bonds they now hold for new ones that are worth far less. Some creditors are balking, since it means up to a 70 percent loss on their returns.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Business News

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NPR's business news starts with allegations of price fixing on e-books.

The Justice Department is threatening to sue Apple and five major U.S. publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of digital books. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple persuaded publishers, including Harper Collins, Penguin and Simon and Schuster, to change how they price their e-books before the launch of the first iPad in 2010.

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