10:06am

Tue April 9, 2013
Local

Nacogdoches Ag Pioneer of the Year credits forefathers for farming success

Roy B. Mills, 67, was named the Pete Smith Agricultural Pioneer of the Year by the Nacogdoches Agribusiness committee, an organization of business and industry groups.

The Nacogdoches County Ag Pioneer of the Year wants to ensure that his family farm will continue operating for generations to come. Roy Mills, 67, said the award presented at the April 8 banquet is actually a tribute to his pioneering forefathers who toiled to build a successful third-generation farm. Mills said his father made a living on the land, and ultimately put his 10 children through college.

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9:56am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:05 am

Pakistani vendors in Lahore fix posters of candidates taking part in the upcoming May parliamentary elections. Pakistani officials have provoked both laughter and criticism in recent days as they vetted potential candidates in the country's upcoming national elections with questions that veered between the controversial and the bizarre.
K.M. Chaudary AP

The culling of candidates in the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 election is providing the country some badly needed levity.

The "Pakistani Inquisition," as it's been dubbed, has election commission officials grilling office-seekers on their Islamic bona fides.

Many have stumbled badly, only to be disqualified.

But not Mussarat Shaheen, who performed impeccably. The former dancer — fabled for her Pushto films — was asked by an official in the city of Dera Ismail Khan to recite a verse of the Holy Quran, to test her mettle as a candidate for the National Assembly.

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9:49am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Charges Fly In Ky. Senate Race After McConnell Tape Surfaces

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:24 am

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

An audio recording has surfaced of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides seeming to discuss whether they would use actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she challenged McConnell in 2014.

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9:47am

Tue April 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

State Laws Could Muddle Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Till death do us part, so let's figure out this insurance mess.
iStockphoto.com

Even if the Supreme Court sweeps aside barriers to federal- and state-sanctioned same-sex marriages this summer, where you live and work may still affect your access to health insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse.

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9:22am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Salt

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:08 pm

The process that turns this beer crystal clear also may impart trace amounts of arsenic.
istockphoto.com

Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear.

But researchers in Germany reported Sunday that they've found arsenic in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water.

When we checked in with experts about arsenic and the filtering process, which is also widely used in the wine industry, they weren't too surprised. That's because the filtering agent in question, diatomaceous earth, is a mined natural product that contains iron and other metals.

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8:44am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:35 am

Cher in 2011.
Danny Moloshok Reuters /Landov

What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?

#nowthatcherisdead

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8:02am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran, Killing Or Injuring Dozens

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:55 pm

UPDATE at 3:40 p.m. ET: Death Toll Rises

Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand tells state TV that the death toll has reached 37 people, with 850 injured, including 100 who were hospitalized.

We updated this post with new information at 12:15 p.m. ET

A strong earthquake in a sparsely populated area of southern Iran has killed at least 30 people and injured 800, according to Iran's state media.

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7:47am

Tue April 9, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: A drummer boy on a mission

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles a tween, a 10-year-old who aspired to be a drummer boy during the Civil War, and never looked back.

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7:22am

Tue April 9, 2013

6:54am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Thatcher's Funeral Set For April 17

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:09 am

A Union flag flies at half staff over the Houses of Parliament, and next to the Big Ben clock tower, in honor of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday.
Luke MacGregor Reuters /Landov

British Prime Minister David Cameron's office announced Tuesday morning that "Lady Thatcher's funeral service will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral."

The "Iron Lady" — former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — died Monday in London following a stroke. She was 87.

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