Politics & Government

U.S.
5:49 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Army Aims To Use Words, Not Weapons, With Afghans

U.S. Army soldiers learn to play khosai, Afghanistan's full-contact national pastime, at Fort Campbell.
Blake Farmer for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 5:53 pm

The U.S. Army has been ramping up instruction in the languages of Afghanistan, even as troop levels in the country decrease in preparation for the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2014.

This year, key installations have added several hundred speakers of Pashto and Dari to their ranks, more than doubling the number of soldiers trained in the Afghan languages.

But it's not just the country's languages that are foreign to U.S. soldiers — it's the culture, as well.

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September Referendum
5:24 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Tuscaloosa Real Estate Developer Plans No Vote Campaign For Sept. 18

Tuscaloosa real estate developer Stan Pate says he's planning a no vote campaign for Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.
blog.al.com

Politically active real estate developer Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa says he's planning a media campaign in the next few days to encourage no votes on Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.

Pate says Alabama residents elected a Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010 because they wanted less government. He said GOP leaders are doing the opposite by pushing a constitutional amendment that would take $437 million out of a state trust fund to prop up the state General Fund budget for the next three years.

Campaign Finances
5:14 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Aderholt Pays $13K Fine For Finance Reports

U.S. Rep. Aderholt's re-election campaign was fined $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports.
aderholt.house.gov Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt's re-election campaign has paid $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports.

The documents released recently by the Federal Election Commission show Aderholt's campaign account misrepresented how much money it raised; spent; and had on hand for several years.

Records show more than $58,000 in campaign receipts were misstated from 2006 through 2010. And there were inaccurate records about how $129,600 was spent. Another $273,000 wasn't deposited into the campaign account within the required 10-day period.

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Education
3:49 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Chicago Strike Emblematic Of Union Struggle

Chicago public school teachers picket outside William H.Wells Community High School on Monday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 8:06 am

The strike that shut schools in Chicago on Monday illustrates a larger, national trend: Teachers unions are having a harder time getting what they want.

For decades, teachers unions have been among the most powerful lobbying groups in nearly every state — and have been arguably even more powerful at the local level, where they've often been able to unseat school board members and even mayors who crossed them.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

AIG Stocks Drop, After U.S. Announces Sell-Off Plans

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:38 pm

Over the weekend, the United States Treasury said it has plans to sell $18 billion worth of American International Group stocks. During the financial crisis in 2008, the government pumped $182 billion into AIG stock to keep it from collapsing.

Reuters reports, this morning, that AIG shares fell 1.5 percent because of the news. Reuters adds:

"AIG itself will buy back $5 billion of its own shares in the upcoming stock sale, with the rest of the shares going to the broader public.

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Middle East
12:39 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Syrian Activists Take On New And Riskier Roles

Rebel fighters take up position near the military airport outside the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria on Aug. 21. In rebel-held towns like Azaz, activists are taking on new, risky roles as the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad continues.
Youssef Boudlal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 6:58 pm

On a recent day in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, there's an edgy energy when a pickup truck armed with a heavy machine gun screeches to a halt.

Wild-eyed and high-flving, the young rebels in the truck are happy to be alive after they hit a government helicopter landing at an air base 8 miles outside Azaz.

This rebel-held town is under nightly attack. This lightly armed rebel crew races out to the air base every day to target regime aircraft from hidden sites in the olive groves.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor Over Corruption Probe

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, left, is driven in custody into the federal courthouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday.
Mel Evans AP

The FBI arrested the mayor of New Jersey's capital city today, accusing him of corruption related to a bribery scandal.

The FBI alleges Tony Mack, the mayor of Trenton, accepted thousands of dollars in exchange for influence over a parking garage project. Federal authorities also arrested Mack's brother and a supporter.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Federal prosecutors accuse all three men of taking part in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Top Al-Qaida Leader Reportedly Killed in Yemen

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's second-in-command has been killed in Yemen, a government website reports.

Saudi national Saeed al-Shehri was killed in the Hadramawt area of southern Yemen along with six other militants, according to the website and ministry of defense officials quoted by the BBC.

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Mon September 10, 2012

TVA Closing Wilson Dam Road for Maintenance

The Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River in Alabama.
tva.com Tennesee Valley Authority

Motorists in northwest Alabama might have to find a new way to get around Florence for a few days.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's closing the Alabama 133 bridge across Wilson Dam for maintenance work starting Monday morning.

The bridge will be closed until Friday afternoon, or whenever the work is completed.

TVA says closing the bridge allows for a crane to be set up for work on the spillway gate at Wilson Dam.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. 

Politics & Government
8:16 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Troopers Issue 14 Tickets for Texting, Driving

State officials say Alabama state troopers have issued 14 citations under the new state law banning texting and driving.

The law went into effect on Aug. 1.

Alabama Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robyn Bradley Litchfield tells The Birmingham News (http://bit.ly/PaDY64) that she knows of at least two more citations issued by local law enforcement agencies. That number may increase as other agencies report their totals.

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Voter Resources
6:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Special Election: Alabama Trust Fund Amendment

Alabama Senator Arthur Orr (R), one of the sponsors of SB 147.
Alabama State Senate http://www.legislature.state.al.us

On September 18th, 2012, Alabama will be holding a special election to vote on a state constitutional amendment which will move money from the Alabama Trust Fund into the General Trust Fund. 

Click on the links below to view the original documents, including SB 147 which details how the funds will be distributed.

Proposed Statewide Amendment for September 18th

Africa
5:40 am
Mon September 10, 2012

For Many S. Africans, Strikes Recall Apartheid Era

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In South Africa, striking mineworkers are still locked in a deadly dispute over pay.

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Afghanistan
4:17 am
Mon September 10, 2012

U.S. Hands Over Control Of Bagram Prison To Kabul

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 6:49 am

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And I'm Renee Montagne. The largest U.S. prison in Afghanistan - containing over 3,000 inmates - was handed over to Afghan control this morning. But the transfer was not without controversy. Several dozen prisoners, including some foreign terrorist suspects, were kept in American custody.

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NPR Story
4:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

U.S. To Sell $18 Billion In Shares Of AIG

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 4:17 am

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NPR's business news starts with the USG selling some AIG.

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NPR Story
4:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

After Convention, Obama Hits The Campaign Trail

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 4:17 am

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Over the weekend, two very different approaches to campaigning by President Obama and Mitt Romney.

INSKEEP: The Republican challenger was mostly out of sight, preparing for next month's presidential debates. Romney did, however, appear on Sunday morning TV shows and we'll have more on that in a moment.

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