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Thursday, September 15, 2011

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  • Boehner Offers Response To Obama's Jobs Speech
    House Speaker John Boehner ruled out tax increases and hammered at government regulations in his first lengthy response to President Obama's jobs speech last week.
  • Who Will Pay To Fix That Bridge In Ohio?
    President Obama will visit the Brent Spence Bridge, which runs between Ohio and Kentucky on one of the nation's busiest trucking routes, to push his jobs creation plan next week. Officials estimate it will cost $2.4 billion to reconfigure the bridge. The question remains: Who will pay?
  • Workers Start Dismantling Dams In Wash.
    Work crews Thursday begin dismantling the two dams on the Elwha River, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. By some measures, this is the largest dam-removal project ever — and, at 210 feet, one of the dams is certainly the tallest dam ever taken down. The process is an extremely tricky one — in terms of engineering, ecology and politics — but environmentalists hope this project heralds the beginning of the end of the age of big dams in the American West. Those who like big dams, for economic reasons, worry about the same thing. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Martin Kaste.
  • Texas Fire Evacuees Return To Find Only Ashes
    Like thousands of other people here whose homes were incinerated by a wildfire in Bastrop County, Texas, Linda and Roger Ward are living in a daze. The fire was not the deadliest wildfire or the largest in acreage. But in terms of destruction — 1,554 homes and counting — it is one of the worst forest fires in recent U.S. history.
  • 'Deer Capital' Of Texas Struggles With Drought
    Melissa Block talks with Llano, Texas, Mayor Mike Reagor about the ongoing drought in his city. The river that runs through town is extremely low. Llano has been dubbed the "deer capital of Texas" — and Reagor says the deer, with little to drink, are withering in the heat. Reagor is also a rancher, and he says he's selling cattle because of the drought.
  • How One Senator Can Stall A Widely Supported Bill
    Following a work stoppage at airports across the country last month, there almost emerged a rare consensus in Washington, D.C., that the spectacle of laying off workers in a bad economy would not be repeated. "Almost" emerged because Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is holding up the bill that extends funding to the Federal Aviation Administration for four months. He objects to money for bike paths and similar projects in an attached transportation bill.
  • SAT Reading Scores Reach Record Low
    SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, according to the College Board.
  • How Can Parents Navigate Children's TV Shows?
    Michele Norris speaks with Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute, about how parents can navigate the world of children's TV programs. A new study done at the University of Virginia with a group of 4 year olds found those who'd watched the fast-paced cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants performed worse on mental function tests than their peers who watched the slower-paced cartoon Calliou or who simply spent their time drawing. Christakis says young children's brains get over-stimulated by the faster-paced programs — and urges parents to think about what kind of television-watching experience they want their children to have.
  • Here Come The Suns: New Planet Orbits Two Stars
    NASA's Kepler mission has found a new solar system where a Saturn-like planet spins around twin stars 200 light-years away from us. It's the first direct observation of such an arrangement, and astronomers say they're not sure why the planet is there.
  • How 'The Book Of Mormon' Cast Album Cracked The 'Billboard' Top 10
    The South Park creators' musical broke cast recording sales records, thanks to fans and promotions.

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