The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Obama's Guest List Offers Clues To His Themes

Ever since President Reagan's 1982 State of the Union, part of the story of presidential addresses to Congress has been who gets invited to sit with the first lady in the gallery.

Reagan's A-list guest was Lenny Skutnik, who two weeks earlier was among the heroes who helped pull people from the icy waters of the Potomac River after an Air Florida jet crashed shortly following takeoff from National Airport (now known as Reagan National Airport).

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.

Around the Nation
12:46 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Boy Scouts Find New Home Amid Mountains

Here, an aerial shot of the future site of a Boy Scouts camp in West Virginia.
Noah Adams NPR

In West Virginia, an Appalachian mountain is being transformed into a vast Boy Scout camp. It's more than 10,000 acres and will cost the Boy Scouts of America more than $400 million to build The Summit Bechtel Reserve, also known simply as the Summit.

The year-round high-adventure camp will soon be the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree — the next one is in 2013 — and the camp will host the 2019 World Jamboree. The Boy Scouts announced on Thursday that they received $85 million in new gifts to help the effort.

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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

On The Nevada Jobs Front, One Voice Of Hopelessness

We hear it over and over, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its jobs reports: Things out there are not getting any better for those looking for a job.

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Business
12:37 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

What Will It Take To Get Companies Hiring Again?

Courtesy of Bob Mitchell

President Obama on Thursday will outline for Congress his new jobs-creation plan amid the grimmest employment picture in decades, with private sector hiring at a virtual standstill and state and local governments cutting jobs by the thousands to plug budget shortfalls.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Afghan Journalist Was Mistakenly Killed By U.S. Soldier, Report Concludes

Ahmad Omid Khpalwak, in an undated photo.
PAJHWOK AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 12:25 pm

An Afghan journalist who was working at the time for the BBC was mistakenly killed by U.S. forces in late July, the allied military command in Afghanistan conceded today.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Federal Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Health Reform

A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. A federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law, but an appeals court in Atlanta struck down the insurance mandate.

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Thousands Ordered Evacuated, As Rain Continues To Pound Northeast

The headline of today's Philadelphia Enquirer says it all:

Enough already with rain!

Philadelphia along with the rest of the Northeast has had a period of intense rainfall that in some places extends 10 days since the tropical cyclone Irene worked its way across the region.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
10:54 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Growing Violence Clouds Afghanistan's Future

Alissa Rubin is a reporter for The New York Times. She is currently the Bureau Chief in Kabul. She was previously based in Baghdad.
The New York Times

August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan. Sixty-six U.S. service members were killed, including 30 Americans who were shot down in a Chinook transport helicopter by the Taliban on August 6.

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KETR Local
10:17 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Suspect dies, dog attack case dismissed


Bonham – Felony charges have been dropped against the suspect in a 2008 dog attack on a woman and a little girl in Bonham.

John Hardy Taylor died from a heat stroke last month, leaving no case for the prosecution. Hardy was facing four counts of attack by a dog after his pit bulls attacked the 44-year-old woman and 11-year-old girl in the downtown area.

The office of Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser dropped the four charges on Wednesday.

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