12:10pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Around the Nation

A Year Later, Joplin Continues To Bounce Back

A year after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, President Obama is set to go back and deliver Joplin High School's commencement speech. Host Michel Martin speaks with Joplin High Principal Kerry Sachetta for an update on how the school and the town are recovering.

12:10pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Politics

GOP Defends Violence Against Women Act

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, you know award winning actress Glenn Close from her work in provocative movies like "Fatal Attraction" and "Albert Nobbs," but behind the scenes she's also become an outspoken advocate for mental health. We'll learn how mental illness has affected her own family in just a few minutes.

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12:08pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Middle East

Why The U.S. Is Aggressively Targeting Yemen

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 1:46 pm

Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. "The United States is doubling down on its use of air power and drones, which are swiftly becoming the primary focus of Washington's counterterrorism operations," writes Jeremy Scahill.
Muhammad ud-Deen AP

U.S. intelligence officials announced last week that they had broken up a plan by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to blow up a plane headed toward the United States.

U.S. officials are aggressively targeting terrorists in Yemen, which is now considered to be "the greatest external threat facing the U.S. homeland in terms of terrorism," says investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill.

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12:06pm

Thu May 17, 2012
House & Senate Races

Tale Of The Tape: Ex-Governors Duke It Out In Va.

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 2:38 pm

Former Virginia Govs. Tim Kaine (left) and George Allen after a Senate debate in Richmond, Va., on Dec.. 7, 2011.
Steve Helber AP

One of the highest-profile political matchups of the season is playing out in Virginia, where two former governors with powerful friends and big-money backing are battling to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.

The dead-heat matchup pits Democrat Tim Kaine, 54, a favorite of President Obama and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, against George Allen, 60, namesake of his legendary Washington Redskins football coach father and a U.S. senator until undone in a re-election bid by what has become known as his "macaca moment."

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12:00pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Feds: Fire Season Off to Slow Start Even As Wildfires Rage in Southwest

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 2:11 pm

Raging wildfires are burning tens of thousands of of acres in Arizona, Nevada and parts of New Mexico and Colorado. But federal agencies overseeing the response say they're not worried — by this time last year, there had already been more fires that destroyed more acres.

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11:20am

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Good News, Bad News: Japanese Economy Surges, But Likely Will Slow

In a classic example of "on the one hand, on the other hand" economic analysis, the word that Japan's economy grew at a strong 4.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter is being followed by cautionary talk of slower growth for the world's third-largest economy in coming quarters.

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10:58am

Thu May 17, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

LEX Threatens to Shut Down Homeless Shelter

The fate of a homeless shelter could be decided by the Lexington Board of Adjustments during a revocation hearing Friday at city hall.  Local inspectors claim the Community Inn has not met conditions as set out when it was allowed to open.    The facility, which is situated on Winchester Road, is managed by the Catholic Church.  Council member Chris Ford says coping with homelessness is a complicated issue.

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10:47am

Thu May 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Embattled Hospital Debt Collector Taps Politicians For Defense

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announces a lawsuit against Accretive Health in Jan., saying the company failed to protect the confidentiality of health care records for thousands of Minnesota residents. The charges have widened to include the company's tactics in collecting debts.
Jim Mone AP

So what do you do when you're accused of hitting up sick patients in the hospital to pay their bills — sometimes even before they get treatment?

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10:31am

Thu May 17, 2012
The Salt

How To Make Healthy Eating Easier On The Wallet? Change The Calculation

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 7:56 pm

Dried beans and legumes are healthy and cheap.
iStockphoto.com

If you're already a kale and lentils kind of person (we know there are a lot of frugal foodies out there) — you won't be surprised by this finding: According to a new study from some economists at the USDA, eating a healthy diet isn't necessarily more expensive than a diet loaded with sugar and fat. In fact, fruits and vegetables are often cheaper when you calculate the cost in a smarter way.

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9:56am

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney's $40.1 Million Haul In April Nearly Matches Obama's

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 10:24 am

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney at a campaign event on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Edward Linsmier Getty Images

The campaign for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney and the Republican Party together raised $40.1 million in April, just shy of the $43.6 million that President Obama and the Democratic Party took in.

This is the first monthly report since Romney effectively wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination. And because money is one way to keep score during a presidential campaign, the news is getting a great deal of attention from the political media this morning.

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