12:39pm

Wed November 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Holds Off On Any New Economic Policy

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 2:39 pm

Citing stronger economic growth, the Federal Reserve announced it is not making any changes to its monetary policy.

As the AP reported earlier, economists were expecting this wait-and-see approach because they figured the Fed would want time to assess whether its policy from August and September was spurring growth.

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12:35pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Statehouse News

Unknown Amount of Deportation Cases in KY

Salomon Gomez is still at large and wanted in connection with a 2009 murder in Shelbyville. A reward is being offered.

Officials of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Chicago have concluded that they have no idea how many deportation cases they handle in Shelby County or Kentucky. The issue first came to light in July when The Sentinel-News sought to find out exactly how many illegal immigration cases involving persons facing criminal charges were processed through the state and the county on detainers from ICE.

12:32pm

Wed November 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

First Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test this Month

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 9. This will be the first time that a national Emergency Alert test will be conducted. TV and radio stations as well as cable TV systems will broadcast a test warning message for two to three minutes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission are coordinating this test with broadcasters throughout the United States.

12:31pm

Wed November 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Daylight Saving Time will come to an end on Sunday at 2 a.m. Prior to going to bed on Saturday night, people are reminded to set their clocks back one hour. For example, set them from 11 to 10 o'clock.

12:30pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Author Interviews

Joan Didion: Crafting An Elegy For Her Daughter

In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion contemplated how the rituals of everyday life were fundamentally altered after her husband died suddenly in 2003. The book was published in 2005, just months after Didion's only child, her daughter Quintana Roo, died at age 39.

Didion pieces together her memories of her daughter's life and death in her new book Blue Nights. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that she was unable to start mourning her daughter's death until she started writing again.

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12:15pm

Wed November 2, 2011
It's All Politics

New Hampshire Chooses Jan. 10 As Primary Date

The schedule for the first four Republican presidential caucuses and primaries appeared officially set Wednesday with New Hampshire announcing that it would hold its first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 10.

That would come exactly seven days after the Iowa caucuses, which were moved to Jan. 3, the first Tuesday of the new year, and which will kick off the process by which Republicans will choose their party's nominee to contest President Obama for the White House.

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11:30am

Wed November 2, 2011
The Salt

How Fear Drove World Rice Markets Insane

Nothing is more basic and simple than food. Yet it comes to us courtesy of a long, complicated supply chain that spans the globe.

That chain delivers food cheaply — but it can break. Four years ago, it blew up in most spectacular fashion, affecting hundreds of millions of people who rely on rice for sustenance. That crash — the great rice crisis of 2008 — was a true disaster for some of the poorest people in Asia and West Africa.

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11:07am

Wed November 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Pakistan Gives India 'Most Favored Nation' Trade Status

Indian Border Security Force soldiers (in khakhi) and Pakistani Rangers (in black) perform the daily retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah. It's hoped that freer trade will reduce tensions between their two nations.
Narinder Nanu AFP/Getty Images

The news today that Pakistan's cabinet has moved to normalize trade with India — giving its neighbor "Most Favored Nation" status — is being viewed as a positive first step toward the possible normalization of diplomatic relations between the two nuclear rivals.

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11:00am

Wed November 2, 2011
Politics

In Voter ID Debate, A Few Go Against Party Lines

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:42 pm

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is in favor of voter ID laws. He says that over the years there have been numerous allegations of absentee voter fraud — and even a handful of convictions — in Alabama.
Dave Martin AP

The debate over requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls has been a heated one. Democrats accuse Republicans, who support such laws, of wanting to suppress the votes of minorities, the elderly and the poor. Republicans accuse Democrats, who oppose ID rules, of condoning voter fraud.

It's a sharp partisan divide. But a few people have gone against the tide — and they're getting some political heat for doing so.

A Democrat Criticized For Fraud Concerns

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10:54am

Wed November 2, 2011
Space

Exploring 'The Hidden Reality' Of Parallel Worlds

A massive galaxy cluster about 3 billion light years from Earth.
Chandra X-ray Observatory Smithsonian Institution/Flickr

This interview was originally broadcast on January 24, 2011. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws Of the Cosmos is now available in paperback. Greene is also hosting a NOVA series based on his book The Fabric of the Cosmos.

Our universe might be really, really big — but finite. Or it might be infinitely big.

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