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5:48 am
Thu September 6, 2012

L.A.'s Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Halted For Now

Medical cannabis patient Michael Oliveri smokes marijuana during a news conference in Universal City, Calif., last week. Medical marijuana advocates say they have enough signatures to place a referendum before voters that would overturn a ban on pot clinics in Los Angeles.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 4:01 pm

Thursday was supposed to mark the end of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, after the city council approved a ban on them this summer. But patients and advocates have managed to halt the ban, and some dispensary operators are suing the city.

For years, Los Angeles has been a mecca for medical marijuana dispensaries. Anyone with a doctor's recommendation could stop in at chic storefronts offering cannabis-laced desserts or at the more underground clinics, labeled only with a green cross. Hundreds, maybe 1,000 of these pot shops popped up around L.A.

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Law
5:04 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mass. Prison Reviews Court's Transgender Ruling

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:17 am

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Prison officials in Massachusetts say they are still reviewing a federal court decision in Boston ordering them to provide sex-change surgery for a prison inmate. Critics are urging officials to appeal what they call an outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds. But as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, the decision this week reflects national trends of prisons treating gender identity disorder as a legitimate medical condition deserving treatment like any other.

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Election 2012
4:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Bill Clinton Captivates Delegates, Nominates Obama

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:17 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Renee Montagne is back at NPR West. Renee, welcome back.

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Thank you very much. After a nice vacation, and so glad to be here, because big news: President Obama speaks to the Democratic Convention tonight. Just as with Mitt Romney last week, the president will have a huge audience to make his case.

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Election 2012
4:24 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Obama Campaign Works To Build Nationwide Enthusiasm

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:17 am

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President Obama appeared briefly on stage last night at the Democratic convention. He gave Bill Clinton a hug just after the former president made a stirring case for Obama's re-election.

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NPR Story
4:24 am
Thu September 6, 2012

It's Never Too Early To Prepare For Presidential Debates

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:17 am

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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Mitt Romney has not done any campaigning the last few days. He's in Vermont with senior aides, preparing for debates next month. And even as President Obama prepares for tonight's big speech, campaign aides say he has been preparing for debates, too. NPR's Ari Shapiro asked past debate coaches what happens behind the scenes.

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Election 2012
4:24 am
Thu September 6, 2012

First Lady Urges Delegates To Round Up Voters

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:17 am

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And after delivering a tribute to her husband on the opening night at the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday by reaching out to groups of minority delegates there in Charlotte. NPR's David Welna reports.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Let's give a rousing welcome for the first lady, Michelle Obama.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: The African-American caucus was fired up yesterday when Mrs. Obama got there just hours after she brought down the house at the convention arena. She was still getting going.

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It's All Politics
12:32 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Wonky Clinton Wows Convention In Muscular Obama Sales Pitch

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 12:52 am

President Obama still has a case to make for a second term, and specific people to whom he needs to make it.

But while it's two months too early to call former President Bill Clinton Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets Wednesday night at the Democratic convention with a bravura defense of the current White House occupant.

"We are here to nominate a president," Clinton said after strolling onto the stage to tumultuous applause, "and I've got one in mind."

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It's All Politics
11:57 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Five Takeaways From Wednesday At The Democratic Convention

Former President Bill Clinton hugs President Obama onstage after Clinton's rousing speech during the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 12:19 am

If you missed the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It: In other hands, the very wonky speech that former President Clinton delivered on Wednesday could have been a snoozer.

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Democratic National Convention
6:15 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

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Gas Waiver
3:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

EPA Grants 8 States Clean Gas Waiver After Isaac

Clean gas requirements are being temporarily waived in eight states, including Alabama, affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The Obama administration is temporarily waiving clean gas requirements in eight states affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Governors requested the waiver because fuel supplies from refineries in the Gulf area were disrupted by Isaac. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances could cause a gas shortage.

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It's All Politics
2:12 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Democrats' Most Interesting Man: Bill Clinton In A Word Or Five

New Mexico delegates Priscilla Chavez (left) and Carla Arellanes.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:13 pm

Ever see one of those Dos Equis beer ads featuring the "Most Interesting Man in the World," the dapper fellow of a certain age who fascinates all who meet him?

The Democrats' version of that guy will be the featured speaker Wednesday at their convention in Charlotte.

Yes, we are talking about former two-term President Bill Clinton, whose life of accomplishment, scandal, statesmanship and occasional political pettiness (just ask the man he'll be vouching for tonight) are the stuff of legend and lore.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Tar Washing in on Alabama Beaches Post-Isaac

May 2011 Press-Register file photo of tarballs on Dauphin Island.
Ben Raines/Press-Register The Press-Register

Officials say they're finding tar balls on Alabama's beaches in the wake of Hurricane Isaac's landfall last week.

Representatives from the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said Wednesday workers are seeing significantly more tar deposits on the sand than before Isaac struck. The tar is weathered and old, and it's not considered dangerous.

The cities believe tar is breaking off from large, submerged mats that were left from the BP oil spill in 2010. But tests have yet to confirm whether the tar is linked to the BP well or something else.

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Politics & Government
12:05 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Ready Alabama Day Demonstrates State Disaster Preparedness

Firefighters enter Wallace Hall in August 2011 as part of a disaster preparedness drill.
Steve Latham/JSU Jacksonville State University

September is National Preparedness Month and Alabama officials are hosting a Ready Alabama Day in Jacksonville on Thursday, September 6. It’s a chance for Alabamians to see how nearly 50 federal and local agencies prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters.


“Ready Alabama Day is basically a time when first responders at the local, federal and state levels come together and really bring their toys,” says Jon Mason. He’s director of Serve Alabama, a state agency that focuses on disaster preparedness and volunteerism.

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Politics & Government
8:49 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Friday Deadline to Register to Vote in Alabama

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in Alabama's constitutional amendment referendum on Sept. 18.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says citizens can register at their local board of registrars or they can fill out forms at state and county offices that provide public assistance, such as the state Department of Human Resources. She says forms are also available when obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

Chapman is also reminding voters that Thursday, Sept. 13 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the referendum.

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Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Leonard in Auburn Shootings

http://www.wsfa.com WSFA-TV

A man accused of opening fire at an Auburn pool party has been indicted on a charge of capital murder.


Desmonte Leonard, 22, faces trial in the killing of two former Auburn University football players and another man.


Court filings posted Tuesday showed that a grand jury indicted Leonard for capital murder, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of second-degree assault. No trial date has been set.

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