Sports
9:42 am
Thu June 7, 2012

DeMaurice Smith On Football's New Bad Rap

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Football is the most watched sport in the United States, and many people believe the most popular. But concerns about the safety of the game are raising questions about everything from how it's played to whether we should even watch. In just a few minutes we are going to speak with some youth coaches about how they are changing the way they teach the game to kids.

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Sports
9:42 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Is Football Safe For Young Players?

Recent news of concussions, brain disease and suicides of former pro players have youth coaches rethinking the game of football. Host Michel Martin discusses new questions about safety with youth football coach Kim Deane and high school football coach Jamey Dubose.

The Two-Way
9:35 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Romney, Republicans Pulled In More Money In May Than Obama, Democrats

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in California last week.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans report raising more than $76 million last month, topping the $60 million collected by President Obama and the Democratic Party.

The Associated Press points out that "it's the first month that the former Massachusetts governor has collected more money than Obama, who is known for his fundraising prowess."

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Entertainment
9:19 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The 2012 Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque

Thurs. 6/07 10a:  Four flamenco companies from Spain travel to New Mexico for the 25th anniversary season of the Flamenco Festival Internacional de Albuquerque.  The Festival takes place June 10-16, with performances at both Rodey Theater at the University of New Mexico and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Host Spencer
Beckwith talks with the Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, head of the National Institute of Flamenco, Eva Encinias-Sandoval.

The Two-Way
8:58 am
Thu June 7, 2012

U.N. Monitors Were Shot At Today In Syria, Secretary General Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:18 pm

United Nations monitors in Syria were shot at with small arms fire today as they tried to reach the scene of another alleged massacre, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said this morning.

At the U.N. General Assembly, Ban also condemned today's "shocking and sickening" reports about the killings of dozens. And, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, he called this yet another "pivotal moment" that could see Syria fall into a full-blown civil war.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Economy Is Poised For More Growth, But 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Bernanke Says

A word cloud of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony to the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
wordle.net

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 10:37 am

"Economic growth appears poised to continue at a moderate pace over coming quarters," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress this hour, and will be supported in part by additional "accommodative monetary policy" from the central bank.

While there's been a slowing in job growth, Bernanke says that Fed policymakers believe household spending has been "relatively well sustained" and are encouraged by "consumer spentiment [that is] ... up noticeably from its levels late last year."

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Greek Unemployment Hits Record High, Is Nearly Double Eurozone Average

An elderly man walked by riot policemen guarding the Interior Ministry in Athens on Wednesday.
Kostas Tsironis AP

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 1:14 pm

  • Joanna Kakissis, reporting for NPR

(From Athens, correspondent Joanna Kakissis tells us about the latest news regarding the troubled Greek economy.)

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Local News
7:43 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Officials Investigate Death of Wolf

Wildlife officials are investigating the death of a female member of the Dark Canyon wolf pack.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told the Albuquerque Journal that the body of the Mexican gray wolf was found last month. It has been sent to Oregon for a necropsy to determine cause of death.

The wolf was from one of two packs that wildlife officials have been monitoring in the Gila Wilderness, where the largest fire in state history is burning. They say the blaze has not yet reached the packs, which may have pups.

Local News
7:32 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Voter Turnout at 25% in New Mexico Primary Election

Unofficial election returns show that a fourth of eligible Republican and Democratic voters cast ballots in New Mexico's primary.

About 234,000 registered voters participated in Tuesday's election. That's according to unofficial results from the secretary of state's office.

The preliminary voter participation rate is lower than in the 2008 presidential election year primary when turnout was 31 percent and 274,000 GOP and Democratic registered voters cast ballots.

Turnout has averaged 28 percent in presidential election year primaries in New Mexico since 1996.

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Local News
7:29 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Air Force Low-Level Training Flights Delayed

The Air Force has indefinitely delayed plans to fly low-altitude training missions over parts of New Mexico and Colorado.

Officials at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., said Tuesday they will examine the training requirements for all the base's aircraft and then decide what kind of environmental review process to undergo. 

Officials say they hope to complete the examination by early 2013. The environmental review would begin after that.

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