Politics
4:13 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

House Votes On Its Version Of Domestic Violence Act

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:34 pm

The House Wednesday passed a Republican version of a bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act. This is expected to set up a battle with the Democratic-controlled Senate, which has already passed a broader measure that's supported by the White House.

Law
4:13 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Defense Rests In John Edwards Trial

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:34 pm

The defense in the John Edwards trial rested on Wednesday. Attorneys for the former presidential candidate and vice presidential nominee did not call Edwards, his daughter or Rielle Hunter, the woman he had an affair with and who bore his child. Edwards is accused of skirting federal campaign finance laws by accepting secret payments to cover up the affair and further his political ambitions. North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii speaks with Melissa Block from Greensboro, N.C.

Politics
4:13 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Obama, Romney Wade Into Wis. Recall Fervor

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:34 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

One of the year's fiercest political contests is taking place in Wisconsin. There, first-term Republican Governor Scott Walker faces a recall election in less than three weeks. Voters will choose between keeping Walker or replacing him with the Democrat on the ballot, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The contest is expected to be close, and it has attracted lots of attention, volunteers and money from across the country. As NPR's Don Gonyea reports, many see the effort to recall Walker as a warm-up for the fall's national elections.

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Education
4:13 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Fla. Students Crash After State Raises Bar On Test

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:34 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Those who want to raise standards on student achievement tests have suffered an embarrassing setback in Florida. The state made its writing exam harder and results plummeted. So the state is backtracking. It's now lowering its passing score and admitting something went wrong.

Sarah Gonzalez of member station WLRN has that story.

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Performing Arts
4:03 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

UniverSoul Circus Organizer: 'Soul Is Not A Color'

The Shaolin Warriors, from Shaolin Monastery in central China, put on a demonstration of traditional kung fu fighting techniques, with some crowd-pleasing stunts thrown in. They had never performed with a circus before this year.
Courtesy of UniverSoul Circus

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:34 pm

For almost 20 years, the UniverSoul Circus has been pitching its tent in urban plazas across the country. The circus was founded by a Baltimore native as a showcase for black talent, one that he hoped would inspire black audiences.

In more recent times, the circus has evolved into an eclectic mix of acts from around the world. Now, it's pushing to diversify its audience, with a show called "Us."

Strength, Precision And Crowd-Pleasing Nerve

In the beginning, all of the talent was black. They came from Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.

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Planet Money
3:43 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

For $75, This Guy Will Sell You 1,000 Facebook 'Likes'

How much for that thumb?
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 1:48 pm

Looking to get more popular on Facebook? Alex Melen will sell you 1,000 "likes" for about $75.

Melen runs an Internet marketing company. About six months ago, companies he worked with started coming to him more and more with a simple problem: They had created pages on Facebook, but nobody had clicked the "like" button.

"You would go there, and there would be two likes," Melen says. "And one of them would be the owner. And people right away lost interest in the brand."

For the right price, Melen can fix that.

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Inside NHPR
3:38 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Show us your bumper sticker! (even if it's not on your bumper)

We want to see where you take us this spring and summer. Send a photo of your NHPR bumper sticker--wherever you might have plastered it--and we'll post them here, on flickr, and on our facebook page.

Submit your photos to mynhpr@gmail.com.

We can't wait to see what you've got!

 

 

The Salt
3:29 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Thank The Patron Saint Of Bakers For This Cake Today

The author pauses to photograph the St. Honore cake before she digs in.
Deena Prichep

We here at The Salt usually ignore food festivals and those "Celebrate Whatever We're Eating Now" Days. They're a bit precious, no? But this one was too good to pass up: Today is the day the French celebrate the Feast of St. Honoré, the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.

And since the French hold their corner bakery right up there with the Catholic Church, the celebration is not complete without a big bite of the complicated confection named for the saint in question. More on the cake a little later.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Bloomberg: Facebook's Saverin May Save $67 Million By Renouncing Citizenship

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook.
Jason Kempin Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 8:17 am

Bloomberg took out its pencil, paper and calculator and came up with this number: $67 million.

That's how much the news service estimates Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin could save in federal income taxes after having renounced his United States citizenship in advance of social media company's public debut.

Bloomberg reports:

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NH News
3:24 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Approves Limits On Landowner Liability

New Hampshire landowners who let the public use their land for hunting, hiking and other recreational activities wouldn't be required to keep the land safe under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday to expand liability protection for those who own, lease or manage land open to hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and other recreational activities. The bill would not protect landowners from malicious acts or if the injury happened while performing services for money.

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