Wed November 2, 2011

Head Of Ariz. Redistricting Commission Fired

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 2:52 pm



Arizona is one of a handful of states that hands the redistricting to an independent commission, instead of its legislature. At least that's what's supposed to happen. In a stunning move last night, though, the Arizona Senate and its governor ousted the head of the state's independent commission.

NPR's Ted Robbins joins us from our bureau in Tucson to explain. Good morning, Ted.

TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What exactly happened?

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Wed November 2, 2011

At IKEA In Shanghai, Do-It-Yourself Matchmaking

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 8:23 pm

An elderly Chinese man and woman chat at a park in Shanghai. Hundreds of elderly Shanghai residents make their way to IKEA twice a week for an informal lonely hearts club.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

If you're retired, single and looking for love in Shanghai, try IKEA.

Twice a week, hundreds of Shanghai residents who have formed an informal lonely hearts club of sorts gather at the cafeteria of the Swedish furniture megastore for free coffee and conversation.

The pensioners begin arriving around 1 in the afternoon and fill nearly 20 tables in the store cafeteria. They sit for hours drinking coffee, gossiping and subtly checking each other out.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Lexington-Louisville Economic Connection

A move to create a more cohesive regional economy connecting Lexington with Louisville continues to churn along.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher are talking about ‘advanced manufacturing’ opportunities.  It’s called the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement.  Successful Lexington businessman Jim Host is project chair.  He offered his thoughts to members of the Urban County Council Tuesday.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Sweetness And Light

No Love For November, Sports' Drama-Free Month

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 9:03 am

The Presidents Cup, on display in front of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. It's unclear to Frank Deford exactly what the Presidents Cup is — he knows only that it's played in November.

Matt King Getty Images Sport

There's an awful lot of games played in November –– even with the NBA locked out –– but it's really just an in-between month in sports... and life. There are no May-and-November romances, no good November songs. It's sort of a semi-final of a month.

Why are they still playing tennis in November? Let the boys and girls rest up for the summer so they're not all hurt when it matters.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Conservative Think Tank Study Finds Teachers Are 'Overpaid'

A new study tries to answer the age-old question: Are teachers underpaid?

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The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think thank in Washington, D.C., is causing waves with a study (pdf) it released today that found teachers are overcompensated in comparison to "similarly educated and experienced private-sector workers."

The organization said it took a "comprehensive" look at teacher's salaries and tried to take into account what it says are unique areas of compensation for teachers, including generous pension plans and better job security.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Obama: 'Fit For Duty' And Smoker No More

A relaxed and fit President Obama meets with senior advisers at the White House in early July.

Pete Souza The White House

All middle-aged men should be so healthy.

A summary of the results from President Obama's latest physical were released yesterday, and he's looking good. Very good.

Navy Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, the president's doctor, declared him "fit for duty."

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Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

CDC: Time To Curb 'Shocking' Epidemic Of Narcotics Overdoses

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 6:14 pm

Federal officials say they're making headway in their push to stem abuse of addictive painkillers. Still, they say, U.S. doctors are prescribing enough narcotics to medicate every American around the clock for a month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drug overdoses may soon overtake car crashes as the nation's leading cause of fatal injury.

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Tue November 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

Bridge Bid Fails on Senate Floor

Senator Rand Paul’s bid to take money from highway beautification projects and use it to repair bridges and other transportation infrastructure has failed on the senate floor. The Kentucky Republican proposed eliminating money for landscaping projects like walking and bike paths and re-directing the funds for bridge work.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

Initiative Collects Unwanted Medications

KSP reports that the third national "Take Back" Initiative netted 804 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications. Each of the 16 KSP posts collected the drugs from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday. The program, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is intended to give people a safe and convenient way to part with unneeded medications.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

House To Vote On Reaffirmation Of 'In God We Trust' Motto

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The words "In God We Trust" are seen on U.S. currency.

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The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on a reaffirmation of "In God We Trust" as the country's official motto, today. The bill would also encourage public buildings to include the motto in their architecture.

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