9:25am

Fri August 10, 2012
Local

Northeast Texas farmer continues fight against TransCanada

Farmer Julia Trigg Crawford stands in the pasture where TransCanada plans to put a segment of its Keystone XL Gulf Coast pipeline.
Kate Archer Kent

A legal clash over landowner rights in Texas comes to a head at the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris. Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct is challenging TransCanada's ability to condemn her land in order to build the 500-mile Keystone XL Gulf Coast pipeline. Supporters of landowner rights intend to pack the courtroom.

9:13am

Fri August 10, 2012
Commentary

McDonald: Cowboys have class

Commentator Archie McDonald is back in the saddle reciting the Ten Commandments of cowboys.

9:12am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Salt

Smoked Chocolate, For National S'More Day And More

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:57 am

Chocolate chips, fresh out of the smoker at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Seattle.
Florangela Davila NPR

It's National S'more Day, so you've got a good reason to indulge in the gooey goodness.

But what if you're nowhere near a campfire? How can you replicate the taste of a chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker s'more fired up and fashioned en plein air?

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9:03am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Taekwondo Setback, And A Spice Girls Sighting

Great Britain's Stuart Bithell leaps off the boat while teammate Luke Patience sails on as they win silver in the men's sailing 470 two-person dinghy medal race in Weymouth, England.
William West AFP/Getty Images

Good morning. The final weekend of the Summer Olympics is about to begin. In the medal count, the U.S. has jumped out to a 90-80 lead over China, with 39 golds to China's 37. And Russia has overtaken Great Britain, with 57 to the host nation's 54 medals.

Here's today's news that caught our interest:

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8:55am

Fri August 10, 2012
Local

'Dog days of summer' event returns to Longview

City of Longview Parks and Recreation

The pools in Longview have closed for the summer, so now the dogs will have their turn to make a splash. The Longview Swim Center will host its annual Dog Days of Summer dog swim Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Longview's recreation manager Seth Pyle expects dozens of canines to hit the pool.

8:53am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S.

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 10:36 am

Drought-stricken corn struggles to survive on a farm near Poseyville, Ind.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The areas of the lower 48 states where this summer's drought is judged to be "severe, extreme or exceptional" (in ascending order of seriousness) increased slightly again this week, according to the experts at the federal government's National Drought Mitigation Center.

It reports that:

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8:46am

Fri August 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Yes, There's Probably A Medical App For That

With thousands of medical apps available for download, patients and physicians can instantly keep visual records of wounds and look up symptoms.
Benjamin Morris NPR

How many calories have I consumed this week? How well did I sleep last night?

What about this thing on my leg — is it infected? What does an ECG for ventricular tachycardia look like again?

Yes, you guessed it. There is an app for that.

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7:47am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Fighting Has Forced More Than 1.5 Million Syrians To Move, U.N. Says

In northwestern Syria earlier this year, this man and boys fled fighting.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The scope of the ongoing crisis in Syria is made clear yet again by two new reports from the United Nations:

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7:00am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

In Wisconsin, Thousands To Pay Homage To Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:03 am

A makeshift memorial outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in honor of the six people who were killed there.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

Several thousand people from across the U.S. and the world are expected in Oak Creek, Wis., today as Sikhs gather to mourn for the six people killed during Sunday's shooting rampage at a temple.

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6:33am

Fri August 10, 2012
Participation Nation

Doing The Write Thing In Portland, Maine

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 11:59 am

Practicing the craft of storytelling in the Telling Room.
Courtesy of the Telling Room

The Telling Room is a non-profit center in Portland that inspires young people to explore the pleasures of the written word.

In an increasingly diverse state, the Telling Room engages with communities that are under-served by the public school system: young people from Maine's growing immigrant and refugee populations, those with emotional challenges and at-risk middle and high school students.

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