8:00am

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.

8:00am

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?

8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
NPR Story

Layoffs Loom After Conn. Workers' 'No' Vote

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

Transcript

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.

7:55am

Sat July 2, 2011
Africa

Gold Fever Draws African Farmers From Fields

A fire breaks out in a gold mining village in the Bocaranga region of the Central African Republic in January. The possibility of a lucky strike has many farmers abandoning their fields for the mine, but aid workers express concern over poor conditions.
Alan Chin for NPR

In the middle of Africa lies a little-known country, landlocked and sparsely populated, that could well be one of the world's leading exporters of gold in the near future: the Central African Republic.

International mining companies hope to establish operations there soon. But until then, with gold prices soaring, the hunt for gold is led by former farmers. In one mining village, thousands of people are gambling on a lucky strike.

From The Farm To Mines

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7:52am

Sat July 2, 2011
Sports

Rivals Meet Again As Tour De France Begins

Defending champion Alberto Contador and last year's runner-up Andy Schleck renewed their rivalry as riders started the 2011 Tour de France on Saturday.

The mostly flat first stage takes riders over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) from La Barre-de-Monts to Mont des Alouettes in the Vendee region of western France.

Three-time champion Contador beat Schleck by just 39 seconds last year. The 3,430-kilometer (2,131-mile) Tour ends on July 24 at the Champs-Elysees.

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7:43am

Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Illinois' Death Row Shuts Down

After spending years at the center of heated national debate over capital punishment, Illinois' death row officially died Friday when a state law abolishing the death penalty quietly took effect.

The state garnered international attention when then-Republican Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium in 2000 after several inmates' death sentences were overturned and he cleared death row three years later. One man who came within 48 hours of being executed was among those later declared innocent.

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7:40am

Sat July 2, 2011
Sports

Wimbledon Final Pits Nadal And Future No. 1 Djokovic

Rafael Nadal will get to play one more match as the top-ranked man in the tennis world, and it will be in the Wimbledon final against the man who is going to replace him.

The defending champion reached his fifth final at the All England Club on Friday, beating Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. But the win wasn't enough to hold onto his No. 1 ranking, which instead will go to Novak Djokovic for the first time on Monday.

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7:37am

Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Maria Shriver Files To Divorce Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver stood by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he ran for California's governorship in 2003, even after several women accused him of lecherous behavior.

On Friday, 25 years after their fairytale wedding on Cape Cod, she filed for divorce.

The former television journalist and Kennedy family heiress cited irreconcilable differences but offered no additional details about the breakup.

Shriver did not list a date when the couple separated, although they announced they had done so on May 9.

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7:31am

Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Accuser Lied To Prosecutors, Experts Say

The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault may have inflicted fatal damage on her own case by lying to prosecutors about her life story and what she did in the moments after the suspected attack, legal experts said.

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