NPR Story
3:11 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Postal Service Still Searching For Ways To Stem Losses

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 am

The Postal Service announced Thursday that it lost more than $3 billion during the first three months of the year. Post office officials are pushing Congress to give it more authority to cut some of its burgeoning costs.

12:52 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Same Bible, Different Verdict On Gay Marriage

While liberal Christians argue the Bible should be interpreted as society changes, conservatives argue for a more literal reading, leading to differences in belief about God and homosexuality.
Jonathan Gibby Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:43 am

When President Obama announced he now supports same-sex marriage, he cited his Christian faith.

"The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know — treat others the way you would want to be treated," he said in his interview with ABC News.

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Election 2012
12:51 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Obama, Romney In The Ring For Nevada's Latino Vote

Caroline Maya, a 21-year-old college student, registers to vote for the first time at the Latinos for Obama booth outside the Grand Sierra Casino in Reno, Nev., Saturday.
David Welna NPR

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 am

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Author Interviews
12:50 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Deford: How Sportswriting Has Changed 'Over Time'

Atlantic Monthly Press

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 am

NPR listeners normally hear from sports commentator Frank Deford for three minutes at a time Wednesday mornings, as he opines on the latest follies of the sporting world. But Deford fans have been getting to hear the veteran sportswriter at greater length lately. He's on a book tour for his new memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. When Deford stopped in Washington, D.C., NPR's Steve Inskeep had the chance to interview him in front of a lively crowd.

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Planet Money
12:49 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Where Teenagers Run The Economy

Future central bankers of Ridgefield High

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 am

Every spring, high school students descend on the headquarters of the New York Federal Reserve, a few blocks from Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. They compete to see who does the best impression of a central banker.

The High School Fed Challenge is a big deal. Schools like Montclair High in Montclair, New Jersey have multiple rounds of tryouts just to get on the team. Then they practice for months.

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9:17 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

A Mother And Son, And 'The Good Side Of Things'

Dennis McLaughlin interviewed his mom, Theresa, at StoryCorps in Portland, Maine, to thank her for how she raised him.

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 6:11 am

Dennis McLaughlin interviewed his mom, Theresa, to thank her for how she raised him. Born in 1948 with spina bifida, he was missing several vertebrae and was unable to use his legs. Theresa was a single mom, working in a paper mill near Portland, Maine.

"When you were 1 year old, your grandfather McLaughlin built you a little wheelchair," Theresa says, "built it out of wood that he had and wheels from a tricycle, and you got around in that very, very well."

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Ghost Town
6:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

The Mayor of Ghost Town

This past Tuesday, governor Susana Martinez announced that the city of Hobbs, NM was the choosen location for a $1 billion scientific ghost town, that's going to be built by a private group called Pegasus Global Holdings.  It's being called the Center for Innovation, Testing and Technology or CITE.  KUNM's Rita Daniels had the chance to speak with the mayor of Hobbs, Sam Cobb, to try and shed some light on what this all means.


The Conservation Beat
5:44 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Environmental Advocates Cry Foul Before Start of Pit Rule Hearings

photo: United States Department of Labor

Next week the state Oil Conservation Commission will take up consideration of New Mexico’s pit rule, a measure governing the disposal of waste from oil and gas drilling. 

When adopted in 2008, the pit rule was hailed by environmentalists as one of the strictest standards in the nation…and condemned by the oil and gas industry as unnecessarily burdensome. 

Starting Monday, the three-member OCC will begin a week-long set of hearings to consider the industry’s administrative appeals. 

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The Conservation Beat
5:32 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

State Offers Amnesty to Cesspool Owners

photo: New Mexico Environment Department

Despite the fact that cesspools have been illegal in New Mexico for almost 40 years, thousands of homeowners still use them to dispose of raw sewage…and the state wants that to stop.

For the next five months, the New Mexico Environment Department is providing amnesty to residents who contact the agency to have their cesspools eliminated and replaced with modern septic systems.

Dennis McQuillan with the state’s Liquid Waste Program says not only do cesspools pollute the groundwater…they’re dangerous.

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Mitt Romney
4:20 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Romney's Views On Gay Marriage: Also Evolving?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign stop in Omaha, Neb.,on Thursday.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 12:39 pm

A day after President Obama announced his support for gay marriage, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney avoided the issue at a campaign appearance Thursday in Nebraska.

But in an interview with Fox News, he reiterated his belief that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry.

Obama has said his position on gay marriage "evolved" over time, and a case can be made that Romney's views on gay rights have changed as well.

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