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Law
4:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Federal Court Rejects Texas' Voter ID Law As Unfair

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

A federal three judge panel has struck down a new voter ID law in Texas, ruling that it would disproportionately harm Hispanic and African American voters, who are less likely to have the required photo identification. Pam Fessler talks to Melissa Block.

Law
4:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Judge Throws Out Parts Of New Florida Voting Law

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

Melissa Block speaks with Matt Dixon, statehouse reporter for The Florida Times-Union, about a provision of a Florida law that tightened submission deadlines for groups running voter registration drives. It changed them from 10 days after they had been filled out to 48 hours, with a $1,000-a-day late fine. A U.S. district judge now plans to file a permanent injunction against the law.

Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty

Grimes Sweetcorn worker Paulette Vandyke waits to sell fresh corn in Grimes, Iowa. The drought has pushed the price of corn per bushel up nearly 40 percent in the past two months.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 8:18 pm

For every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.

"The corn has actually really, really taken off all the way through season. It's grown fast. It's been accelerated. The corn looks really good now," says John Scott, whose family farm in Sargeant, Minn., is just bursting with corn.

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Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gulf Coast Begins Recovery Efforts After Isaac

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. And we begin this hour with Isaac. After pounding the Gulf Coast with high winds, nonstop rain and a powerful storm surge, Isaac is now churning through northern Louisiana. There, heavy rainfall brings a new threat, inland river flooding. Some of that flooding has strained a dam in Mississippi; 60,000 people downriver have been ordered to evacuate.

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Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Slow-Moving Isaac Still Left Destruction In Its Wake

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

There were many problems across Louisiana and Mississippi Thursday as people dealt with the aftermath of Isaac. In Slidell, La., water began to flood the historic downtown area and police needed to do house-to-house rescues.

Participation Nation
1:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Helping Homeowners In Boston, Mass.

Pernell Jackson teaches a workshop on how to install storm windows.
Courtesy of BBR

Boston Building Resources started in 1978 as a consumer co-op to help people insulate their homes more affordably.

Fifteen years later, the organization launched a nonprofit Reuse Center where high-quality used and surplus building materials can be donated and made available to low- and moderate-income homeowners.

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Participation Nation
1:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Racing For Accessibility in Burlington, Vt.

Erika and Zoe
Courtesy of Zoe's Race

Last weekend more than 250 runners participated in the 4th annual Zoe's Race in Burlington. We raised more than $20,000 that will be used to help families make their homes accessible.

The idea for the race was sparked when Erika Nestor began a remodeling project to make her home accessible for her daughter Zoe. Zoe, who is now 9 years old, is in a wheelchair as a result of a near drowning accident when she was 18 months old.

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Participation Nation
1:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Anti-Trafficking Barista In Houston, Texas

Serving coffee at A 2nd Cup.
Courtesy of A 2nd Cup

My friend Erica Raggett is one of those rare individuals who, when she heard about something atrocious, didn't forget about it, feel sad about it, or throw money at it.

She did something about it.

The just-opened A 2nd Cup is Erica's vision of a non-profit coffee shop that seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking in the Houston community, partner with other anti-trafficking organizations and fund aftercare solutions for survivors.

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It's All Politics
11:58 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Romney's Need To Please Tugs In Different Directions

Analysts say one of Mitt Romney's goals in tonight's speech as he accepts the GOP presidential nomination is to "establish some connection" with Americans who are struggling.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:57 pm

Mitt Romney has a tough to-do list.

He has to walk an ideological tightrope. As he accepts the GOP presidential nomination tonight, Romney will try to fire up partisans in the convention hall and watching at home, without turning off moderates and independent voters.

He also has to convey certain intangible qualities. The former Massachusetts governor will want to appear presidential while also attempting to lift his low "likability" ratings.

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Election 2012
11:54 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Don't Forget All Politics Is Local, Mayor Says

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, this country is facing history again this year. It's a chance to elect this country's first Mormon president. So we decided to ask a group of faith leaders representing different traditions to tell us what role they think religion plays or should play when it comes to choosing the next president. That's coming up later in the program.

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