12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

What School District Budget Cuts Mean For Students

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 2:17 pm


NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. For a couple of years, school administrators fended off the full effect of the Great Recession with federal stimulus funds, but in most places that money is gone, and the new school year ushers in some serious changes.

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Arts & Life
12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Work, In Six Words

"I'm in it for the money." "It's a holiday. I'm still here." Summing up your work can be difficult — especially in six words. Smith Magazine has published a string of successful books in recent years with six-word memoirs. Contributors offer their life stories, brushes with fame, tales of love or pregnancy — and now their work story — in exactly six words. Magazine co-founder Larry Smith joins us as listeners share their six-word memoirs of work — from lessons learned to terrible bosses.

The Opinion Page
12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Op-Ed: The Future Of Labor Day

Sept. 5 is Labor Day in name only, E.J. Dionne argues in The Washington Post.

"We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as the real creators of wealth and their honest toil — the phrase itself seems antique — as worthy of genuine respect," he writes.

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All Tech Considered
12:01 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity

The growth in demand for software for smartphones and other apps means companies are fighting over a tightening supply of software engineers.

As people across the country suffer from long-term unemployment, the tech industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. Particularly in software development, employers are waging bidding wars over a tightening supply.

Take the case of Mike Champion. He and his wife, Sandra, live in the Boston suburbs with their 9-month-old daughter, Molly.

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Around the Nation
10:17 am
Mon September 5, 2011

High Winds Whip Up Texas Wildfires

Longhorn cattle grazed as a wildfire burned in the distance in the Texas town of Graford, northwest of Fort Worth.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 6:03 pm

Dozens of wildfires continued to burn out of control across tinder-dry Texas on Monday as calls went out for off-duty firefighters around the region to report for duty.

The Texas Forest Service reported 56 separate fires on Sunday that had burned some 30,000 acres. Neighborhoods across eastern and central parts of the state were reporting widespread damage.

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Middle East
7:47 am
Mon September 5, 2011

First Witnesses Testify In Mubarak's Trial

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak returned to court Monday as the first witnesses took the stand in his trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of more than 850 protesters during the uprising that ousted him.

Mubarak, who is in ill health, was once again wheeled in on a stretcher and placed in a metal defendants' cage inside a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo where the courtroom has been set up.

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Cowboys beat Weber State
7:18 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Fresman quarterback leads Cowboys to victory

UW's Brett Smith went 27-of-41 for 294 yards and three touchdowns.
University of Wyoming Athletics

The Wyoming Cowboys get back to work this week after Saturday's thrilling come-from-behind 35-32 win over Weber State.

Freshman Quarterback Brett Smith led Wyoming in at 13 play 73 yard drive and threw the winning touchdown pass with 22 seconds left.

The drive featured some big throws, including a pass to Chris McNeil on a fourth and 11 that kept the game alive.

Head Coach Dave Christensen said the team has put in extra practice time.

The Cowboys return to action Saturday against Texas State.

Kids Finances
6:54 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Debt collectors want kids to learn financial literacy

Debt collection companies want your kids to learn about money management now, before their livelihood depends on it.

Last week, the Associated Collection Agencies of Colorado and Wyoming released a list of tips for parents to teach their children about financial literacy.

Spokesman Mark Schiffman said it's never too early to teach kids fiscal responsibility, even if parents have had their own budgetary problems.

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Wolves Killed
6:41 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Six wolves killed in Wyoming in six weeks

(Associated Press)

Jackson, WY -- While residents debate Wyoming's proposed wolf plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has killed six wolves in as many weeks for preying on livestock.

An agent for the federal agency responsible for wolf recovery reported three wolves were killed after a cow was found dead July 17 on a public grazing allotment near Togwotee Pass in northwest Wyoming.

About a month later, wolves killed three calves and yearling cow on another allotment in the Upper Green River drainage.

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Middle East
4:48 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Mubarak Trial Resumes In Egypt

In Cairo, the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to resume Monday. On the first day that testimony is expected, the judge has banned cameras from the courtroom. Mubarak is accused of ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising earlier this year. The 83-year-old denies the charges.