The new Republican frontrunner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will take part in his first presidential debate Wednesday night. In advance of his debut, we looked back at key moments from the previous debate performances of the longest-serving governor in Texas history.
One of the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s public meetings on proposed utility rate increases is scheduled for tonight in Louisville. Commissioners will give an educational presentation about the request, then take testimony from the public. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested that the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E estimates total electric bills will rise by about 19 percent by 2016 for their customers, and KU customers will see bills increase by about 12 percent.
David Greene has been revisiting some of the stories from a trip he took across America back in 2009 to mark President Obama's first 100 days in office. In his second report in the series "100 Days Revisited," he talks to Dorothy Jerse and Carolyn Toops, two of the ladies he spoke to in 2009. The women — both in their 80s — have been meeting every Wednesday for the last 25 years at Boo's Crossroads Café in Terre Haute, Indiana, for breakfast.
President Obama is trying to rally public support for the jobs program he'll spell out to Congress later this week. At a Labor Day rally in Detroit Monday, Obama offered a sneak preview of parts of the plan. Labor leaders said they're encouraged by the president's new-found aggressiveness on the jobs front.
NPR's Asma Khalid reports on one of several new websites that connect travelers with homeowners who have a spare room. Airbnb is one of the fastest growing of these rental-by-owner sites. But as with other fast-growing businesses, it faces several challenges.
After nine weeks reporting on the progress of Libyan rebels, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reflects on the state of the country. Having just left the capital, she tells Steve Inskeep that Tripoli is a different city today from the one she encountered in February when the revolution began.