12:37pm

Wed July 31, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 3:01 pm

A new National Security Agency data center is set to open in Bluffdale, Utah, in the fall.
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The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.

In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the release was "in the public interest."

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12:20pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Community

Mural Honors Local Leader in the Autism Community

Cynthia Joyner's mural located on the corner of Houston and Martin Luther King

An interview with David Ruiz and Mary Margaret LaVoie of PprWrk about a mural dedicated to Cynthia Joyner

Cynthia Joyner had a significant presence in the autism community of Chattanooga. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at the 4th annual Chattanooga Autism Conference. She also organized Pints for Autism, an event which raised over $10,000 for the Chattanooga Autism Center.

On July 20th, Joyner died in a car accident on Interstate 24.

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11:55am

Wed July 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Moms Are Breast-Feeding, But Many Babies Still Miss Out

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:28 pm

More than three quarters of new babies get at least a start at breast-feeding, according to the CDC.
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Three quarters of new mothers gave breast-feeding a try in 2010, and mothers are sticking with breast-feeding longer, according to federal data.

Almost 50 percent of babies are still being breast-fed at least sometime at 6 months of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 35 percent in 2000.

The number of babies breast-feeding at 12 months also rose, from 16 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2010. Go moms!

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11:54am

Wed July 31, 2013
Parallels

For Saudi Women, New Subway Will Mean More Than A Cool Ride

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 3:25 pm

Saudi women get into a taxi outside a shopping mall in Riyadh in 2012. Plans for a subway system in the Saudi capital are likely to provide the biggest benefits to women and the poor.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia will soon have a subway system in the capital, Riyadh, that's said to be the world's biggest current investment in public transport.

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11:46am

Wed July 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Facebook Sees Its Shares Hit $38 IPO Price

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 4:36 pm

It's been more than a year since Facebook's stock debuted at $38 in its initial public offering. But after a problematic start and an eventual slide below $20, the company saw its shares reach that initial price in early trading Wednesday, one week after it reported strong advertising revenue.

"Before Wednesday's opening bell, the shares rose as high as $38.05, before settling back down to $37.95," the AP reports. "On Tuesday, the shares closed up 6 percent after coming within pennies of the IPO price."

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11:46am

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

On The Eve Of Gay Marriage, Not All Of Minnesota Is Ready

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:53 pm

Cathy ten Broeke speaks during a news conference last month at Minneapolis City Hall. She and her partner, Margaret Miles (right), along with Jeff Isaacson (back left) and his partner, Al Giraud (back right), are the first two same-sex couples Mayor R.T. Rybak (right) will marry in the City Hall rotunda on Aug. 1.
Jeff Baenen AP

It's going to be a party in Minneapolis.

With gay marriages becoming legal in Minnesota on Thursday, courthouses in major cities across the state will be open after midnight to accommodate dozens of same-sex couples eager to tie the knot.

"It's good for our business," says Ron Stein, a jeweler in Minneapolis, where the mayor plans to conduct weddings for approximately 40 couples. "We've had orders already."

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11:36am

Wed July 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Announcer-Free TV? Detroit's Baseball Fans Say Yes, Please

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:57 pm

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta bats during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Detroit fans watching game had the option of tuning in to a broadcast that lacked announcers, featuring only the sounds from the stadium.
Carlos Osorio AP

Baseball fans often declare their love of the game's rhythm, its quiet pauses and bursts of action. For such people, watching a game on TV can be a struggle, particularly if they're annoyed by the chatter of announcers. Fans in Detroit had another option last night: watching a TV broadcast that included only the natural sounds of the ballpark.

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11:32am

Wed July 31, 2013
Health Care

New Health Exchanges: What You Need To Know

On October 1st, online health insurance exchanges open up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey speaks to host Michel Martin about what will change, and how you can prepare for the roll-out.

11:32am

Wed July 31, 2013
Education

'Separate And Unequal': Racial Divides In Higher Ed

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, during the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, many doctors despaired that children born to crack addicts were doomed to grim lives as adults, if they managed to grow up all. But, now there's new research that's challenging that assumption. We'll hear more about that just ahead. First, though, we want to talk about a new study that challenges other assumptions about the opportunities extended to African-American and Latino students.

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11:32am

Wed July 31, 2013
Health

Decades Later, Drugs Didn't Hold 'Crack Babies' Back

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to talk about another body of research that's also challenging assumptions, very old assumptions about the effects of cocaine addiction. During the crack epidemic of the 1980s and '90s, healthcare workers feared that children born to addicted mothers had little hope for a healthy future. But a newly released study suggests that initial concerns about so-called crack babies may have been misplaced, and that the biggest issue that could hurt these kids was not drug exposure, but poverty.

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