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Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

He Said, She Said: Now It's Just The Lawyers Talking

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released Friday.
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The troubles that hit the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn this week may find a place in history books. As presiding judge Michael Obus put it mildly in court Friday, "I understand that the circumstances surrounding this case, from the viewpoint of the parties, have changed substantially."

With full agreement from prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, a man who spent weeks under house arrest walked out of the courthouse Friday with a smile, his arm slung around the shoulders of his wife.

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8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Minn. Shutdown Spreads Budget Pain Over State

It's day two of a state government shutdown in Minnesota. The Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers can't agree on a new budget. Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio reports the impasse is a mere inconvenience for many Minnesotans, but it's causing real financial pain for others.

8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Cost Of Georgia's Immigration Laws Passed To Farms

A handful of states are set to enact tough immigration laws, similar to Arizona's controversial legislation. In Georgia, a crackdown on illegal immigrants has resulted in a severe shortage of farm labor. Host Scott Simon talks with Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Africa

Morocco Votes To Curb The King

Moroccans have voted in favor of a series of constitutional reforms that will limit the powers held by their king. Host Scott Simon gets the details from NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Casablanca.

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Sat July 2, 2011
NPR Story

Finally, A New Princess For Monaco

The tiny European principality of Monaco was the scene of much international attention on Friday. The country's ruler, Prince Albert II, married a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, Charlene Wittstock. Host Scott Simon gets a report on the nuptials from Eleanor Beardsley in Monaco.

8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Fireworks Sales Explode Across New Hampshire Borders

New Hampshire has long been the place to buy fireworks in northern New England. People from Maine and other states have driven to the state border to stock up on fireworks that they couldn't legally buy at home. But fireworks sales will soon be legal in Maine, and perhaps in Massachusetts as well. Josh Rogers reports that New Hampshire pyrotechnics vendors are not happy about it.

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Sat July 2, 2011
NPR Story

Wimbledon Champs Soon To Be Decided

Host Scott Simon talks about Saturday's women's singles final and Sunday's men's final at Wimbledon, and the implications of the NBA lockout, with Weekend Edition sports commentator Howard Bryant.

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Sat July 2, 2011
Politics

You Know What's Wrong With Congress

Congress seems to have no answers on the debt-ceiling issue, so NPR's Andrea Seabrook takes it to the people. What do they think lawmakers should do? What do they want? Do former members of Congress have any insight into what it will take to get a deal?

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Sat July 2, 2011
NPR Story

Layoffs Loom After Conn. Workers' 'No' Vote

Originally published on Sat July 2, 2011 1:41 pm

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JEFF COHEN: And I'm Jeff Cohen in Hartford, where the budget season began with what seemed like a safe bet. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy said he and labor leaders would find a way to save $2 billion over two years, and the Democratic legislature said okay. Eventually, the governor and the state's unions came to an agreement that scaled back some benefits and included a four-year pledge of no layoffs.

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8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Politics

How The Debt Debate Might Play Out

The White House and Congress continue to wrangle over a deal on the debt ceiling before Aug. 2. If they don't, the nation will default on its loans. Host Scott Simon talks to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, about the obstacles to a deal, what a short-term deal might look like, and the consequences of no deal being reached at all.

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