11:55am

Thu June 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Public Still Mostly Hates Health Law With Supreme Court Ruling Just Weeks Off

If the Supreme Court follows the election returns, its members also no doubt pay attention to opinion polls.

Not that public opinion is the sole driver in the high court's decisions. But the justices certainly are aware of, say, the fact that Americans keep expressing their unhappiness with the Affordable Care Act.

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11:42am

Thu June 7, 2012
Sports

Is Football Safe For Young Players?

Recent news of concussions, brain disease and suicides of former pro players have youth coaches rethinking the game of football. Host Michel Martin discusses new questions about safety with youth football coach Kim Deane and high school football coach Jamey Dubose.

11:42am

Thu June 7, 2012
Sports

DeMaurice Smith On Football's New Bad Rap

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Football is the most watched sport in the United States, and many people believe the most popular. But concerns about the safety of the game are raising questions about everything from how it's played to whether we should even watch. In just a few minutes we are going to speak with some youth coaches about how they are changing the way they teach the game to kids.

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11:35am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney, Republicans Pulled In More Money In May Than Obama, Democrats

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in California last week.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans report raising more than $76 million last month, topping the $60 million collected by President Obama and the Democratic Party.

The Associated Press points out that "it's the first month that the former Massachusetts governor has collected more money than Obama, who is known for his fundraising prowess."

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10:58am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Monitors Were Shot At Today In Syria, Secretary General Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 7:18 pm

United Nations monitors in Syria were shot at with small arms fire today as they tried to reach the scene of another alleged massacre, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said this morning.

At the U.N. General Assembly, Ban also condemned today's "shocking and sickening" reports about the killings of dozens. And, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, he called this yet another "pivotal moment" that could see Syria fall into a full-blown civil war.

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10:28am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Economy Is Poised For More Growth, But 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Bernanke Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:37 pm

A word cloud of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony to the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
wordle.net

"Economic growth appears poised to continue at a moderate pace over coming quarters," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress this hour, and will be supported in part by additional "accommodative monetary policy" from the central bank.

While there's been a slowing in job growth, Bernanke says that Fed policymakers believe household spending has been "relatively well sustained" and are encouraged by "consumer spentiment [that is] ... up noticeably from its levels late last year."

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10:04am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Greek Unemployment Hits Record High, Is Nearly Double Eurozone Average

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:14 pm

An elderly man walked by riot policemen guarding the Interior Ministry in Athens on Wednesday.
Kostas Tsironis AP
  • Joanna Kakissis, reporting for NPR

(From Athens, correspondent Joanna Kakissis tells us about the latest news regarding the troubled Greek economy.)

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9:45am

Thu June 7, 2012

All Gender is Performance: Lucian Grey, Defining Fairness

Lead in text: 
Lucian Grey's mother was raised in an all-male household, and she, "didn't know what to with having a girl," he explains. "Femininity in general was not her experience. So she just did what she knew how to do."
Source: Wfpl · Via: Laura Ellis
Lucian Grey's mother was raised in an all-male household, and she, "didn't know what to with having a girl," he explains. "

9:43am

Thu June 7, 2012
Business and the Economy

Employer Breaks Ground on Richmond Expansion

RICHMOND - Local leaders and company officials of Asahi Bluegrass Forge in Richmond held a ribbon-cutting for the company’s new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility Wednesday. The new plant, located at 3007 Bill Robertson Way, represents a $20.3 million investment and the creation of 50 full-time jobs.  Asahi Bluegrass Forge’s parent company is Asahi Forge Corporation, a Japanese company that specializes in producing such automotive parts as hub units, gears, transmission components, bearings and joints.

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9:39am

Thu June 7, 2012
Business and the Economy

Lexington-based Mattress Maker's Shares Plummet

Shares of Lexington-based Tempur-Pedic International lost almost half their value Wednesday, after the high-end mattress company announced that it expects sales and earnings to decline in the second quarter. The decline is blamed on Tempur-Pedic's rivals all offering new foam-based mattress products and supporting them with advertising.

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