11:19am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

FAMU Band Will Remain Suspended Another Year

Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Don Juan Moore AP

The president of Florida A&M University said his school's Marching 100 band — which has been marred by a hazing scandal — will remain suspended through the 2012-2013 school year.

The Orlando Sentinel reports James Ammons informed the board of his decision during a teleconference today. The Sentinel adds:

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11:10am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:55 am

NPR

In Pennsylvania, there's an industrial revolution going on. Battalions of drilling rigs are boring into the earth to extract natural gas from an underground layer of shale called the Marcellus formation.

And as the wells multiply all along the western end of the state, people worry they may be facing another toxic legacy.

The first one came from coal mining. All over the state, you can see bright orange rivers and streams. The aquatic life was killed by acidic runoff from abandoned mines.

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11:00am

Mon May 14, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

America's Music Festival: Virginia Arts Festival

Airs Monday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m.  They say that Virginia is for lovers – and that’s certainly true when it comes to art lovers. The Virginia Arts Festival brings an impressive array of artistic events to several cities throughout the state of Virginia during the summer. The festival hosts musical performances of many varieties, including everything from chamber music to folk. Included in this 50 day long festival of the arts are dance and theatre performances as well as the well-attended festival favorite, the Virginia International Tattoo.

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10:53am

Mon May 14, 2012
Economy

Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 12:51 pm

An audience member decries President Obama's economic policies as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a February campaign rally in Atlanta.
Gerald Herbert AP

As the election year began, conventional wisdom was pretty well set about the outcome of the presidential race. If the economy improved, President Obama would win. If not, he'd be a one-termer.

So what does it mean that many big economic indicators are moving sideways?

"Obama seems to be in that gray area," says Paul Pierson, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. "The numbers are neither so good nor so bad that they give you a definitive answer."

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10:49am

Mon May 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Is Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy All Too Common?

Jurors in Chicago recently reached a verdict in the murder case against William Balfour, the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew. Host Michel Martin speaks with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore about the elements of race, class, and violence in Chicago's South Side that came into play in the trial.

10:49am

Mon May 14, 2012
World

In Mexico, Cartels Target Journalists

The spiraling drug violence is increasingly affecting journalists, in a country considered one of the most dangerous for reporters. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jose de Cordoba of The Wall Street Journal, and Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.

10:42am

Mon May 14, 2012
Your Health

Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 11:37 am

In the United States, more than 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese.
Jessica Dimmock HBO

The numbers are staggering: One-third of Americans are obese; another third are overweight. Some 26 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An additional 79 million more are pre-diabetic. Thanks to these figures, the children of today have a good chance of becoming the first generation of Americans to die at younger ages than their parents.

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10:40am

Mon May 14, 2012
Remembrances

Shooting Vietnam: Remembering Horst Faas

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:47 am

The sun breaks through dense jungle foliage as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come, January 1965.
Horst Faas AP

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas, who captured several iconic moments during the Vietnam War, died May 10. He was 79.

Haas was the chief of The Associated Press' Southeast Asia bureau from 1962 to 1974, where he covered the fighting and mentored dozens of young photographers who were sent out across Vietnam to capture images of the war's terror and inhumanity.

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10:32am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Afghanistan: More Troubles, But U.S. Ambassador Sees Path Forward

Officials and mourners prepare to place the coffin of Afghanistan High Peace Council and former Taliban leader Arsala Rahmani in a grave earlier today, in Kabul.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

While U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says there is a path toward relative stability in Afghanistan and away from a return to the kind of civil war that devastated the country in the early 1990s, the difficulties still facing that nation have been underscored by more violence:

-- CNN.com reports that "a bomb exploded inside a shop in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab on Monday, killing nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry."

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10:12am

Mon May 14, 2012
Local

Shreveport GM plant workers must decide on attrition offer

RACER Trust

Employees at the GM plant in Shreveport must decide today whether to accept the company's special attrition program that would lead to voluntary retirements. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is assisting workers with their next step through an on-site transition center. The plant is scheduled to close in August, affecting hundreds of people.

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