12:01am

Fri September 23, 2011
Politics

A Foe Of Big Government Seeks Aid For Joplin

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 2:07 pm

Rep. Billy Long talks with President Obama after arriving in Joplin, Mo., to visit tornado victims. The Tea Party freshman has faced criticism over his efforts to get federal aid for his Missouri district, which includes Joplin.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Billy Long is a Tea Party stalwart who ran for Congress as a man fed up with Washington.

Long won in a landslide and now represents Joplin, Mo., where he fired up a Tea Party crowd in April pretending to auction off the national debt.

Five weeks later, Long was back in Joplin, this time in the dark and rain, surveying the aftermath of an apocalyptic tornado. And this time, the federal government was his friend.

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12:01am

Fri September 23, 2011
Television

As 'All My Children' Ends, Susan Lucci Says Goodbye

Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, has served time for kidnapping, been accused of murder and cheated on her fifth and sixth husband, Travis, with his brother, Jackson β€” who later became Kane's 10th husband.
Ron Tom ABC

Susan Lucci is the most famous actress in daytime drama, but her reign comes to an end on Friday, when her soap β€” ABC's All My Children β€” broadcasts its final episode.

Fans have been following the drama of Pine Valley β€” the fictitious Philadelphia suburb where the show takes place β€” since 1970, and much of that drama has revolved around Lucci's character, Erica Kane.

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12:01am

Fri September 23, 2011
Business

High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers

Austin Bruns stands on land owned by a contractor for Monsanto, an agriculture corporation. Bruns helps with seed corn production there, and also rents 150 acres elsewhere.
Clay Masters for NPR

In farm country, business is still booming. Commodity prices remain high, and investors are funneling millions of dollars into buying farmland, making it quite enticing for the would-be farmer who wants to leave the rat race.

But surprisingly, these factors make it that much harder for the next generation of farmers to secure the financing they need to get on the tractor.

A High Cost To Start Out

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12:01am

Fri September 23, 2011
Europe

Europe's Debt Crisis Casts Cloud Over U.S. Economy

U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (left) speaks to French Finance Minister Francois Baroin (right) during talks in Marseille earlier this month. The U.S. is increasingly concerned that the European debt crisis will have an impact on the U.S. economy.
Lionel Cironneau AP

With all the worry over the ailing U.S. economy, Europe's debt crisis may have seemed a long way off.

But not anymore. The faint tinkle of alarm bells a few months ago are now clanging loudly. What began as a crisis in smaller countries, like Greece, Portugal and Ireland, is now creating serious issues in much larger economies like Italy, France and Germany.

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12:01am

Fri September 23, 2011
Politics

Obama's Jobs Bill Pitch: A Bridge To Nowhere?

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 11:16 am

President Obama on Thursday visited the Brent Spence Bridge, which has been called "functionally obsolete." The president pressed Congress to pass his jobs act, arguing that if the country doesn't invest in restoring the bridge and other infrastructure now, it will pay for it later.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama continued his tour in support of his jobs bill Thursday. The latest stop: Cincinnati, at the base of the double-decker Brent Spence Bridge.

The bridge sits on one of the busiest trucking routes in the country, and it's considered functionally obsolete.

Gerardo Claudio lives in Augusta, Ga., and works all over the U.S. He spends about three weeks on the road every month, which gives him a good look at the nation's infrastructure.

"The roads are in real, real awful condition, should I say," says Claudio, who was in Cincinnati on Thursday.

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12:01am

Fri September 23, 2011
StoryCorps

Soul Singer Helps Shoeshiner 'Get On The Good Foot'

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 8:30 am

Earl B. Reynolds spoke with his daughter, Ashley Reynolds, in Roanoke, Va., about how a chance encounter with singer James Brown helped prod him into a new plan for his life.
StoryCorps

Earl B. Reynolds Jr., 60, grew up in Roanoke, Va., where his father cut hair in his own store, the Virginia Sanitary Barber Shop. And as a little boy, Earl often shined customers' shoes in the shop.

As Reynolds tells his daughter, Ashley Reynolds, a visit from the Godfather of Soul set him on a path in life that eventually put Earl at odds with his father.

Working in the store one day, Earl watched a tour bus pull up to a theater near the shop. The doors opened β€” and out stepped James Brown.

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7:52pm

Thu September 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Obama: "Help Us Rebuild this Bridge"

Tana Weingartner WVXU, Cincinnati

With traffic crawling across the rusty gray Brent Spence Bridge behind him, President Barack Obama discussed his job creation plan in Cincinnati today.Β Just two weeks after mentioning the "functionally obsolete" bridge in a speech to the nation, the President came to see the aging span for himself. Mr. Obama says his proposed jobs bill would put Americans to work on projects like replacing the Brent Spence Bridge... and the recently shutdown Sherman Minton bridge between Indiana and Kentucky.

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6:54pm

Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan Urge U.S. To Bring Back Shuttles

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, testifies before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee about human space flight.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The first and last men to walk on the moon told a congressional committee today that the United States needs to figure out a way to get back into space.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, told the House Science, Space and Technology Committee that NASA needs a "master plan" to get Americans back in space.

Since the space shuttle program was grounded earlier this year, the only way for American astronauts to get into low Earth orbit or to the International Space Station is to hitch a ride with the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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6:18pm

Thu September 22, 2011
All Tech Considered

The New 'Top' Story: Facebook's Flow Of Change

I logged on to Facebook this week to check out the changes so many people had been griping about in person. "Top News" blared above my News Feed and even more updates spewed in a stream in the right-hand corner of the screen. I reflexively closed the boxes on my profile that explained the "upgrade" and cluttered my view. I was suddenly in the dark, not knowing how to control the information.

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6:09pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Silence From Rep. Bachmann As Vaccine Challenge Expires

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 11:54 am

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the California Republican Party Fall Convention dinner in Los Angeles.
Chris Carlson AP

The high noon deadline for bioethicist Arthur Caplan's $10,000 challenge to Rep. Michele Bachmann has come and gone without a peep from the Republican presidential hopeful. But damage from her statement linking the HPV vaccine with mental retardation has already been done, Caplan says.

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