Business
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Surprising Areas See Growth In Green Jobs

When you think about Green Energy and its jobs, Albany, N.Y., probably wouldn't be the first city that pops into your head. But according to a report, the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising area in the top 10: Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

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Economy
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

In Jobless Data, Devil May Be In Details

The Labor Department releases its reports on August unemployment on Friday. What economists are expecting is by now a familiar story: That August did not generate enough job growth to move the needle on the jobless rate. But the most intractable part of the jobless problem might be the one that doesn't show up in the numbers.

The unemployment rate is expected to tick up slightly to 9.2 percent. Two years ago, the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Georgia Jobs Program, Lauded By Obama, Has Critics

During his three-day bus tour, President Obama discussed job creation. At one town hall, he mentioned a training program in Georgia that allows companies to train prospective employees temporarily while they still receive an unemployment check.
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President Obama is scheduled next week to announce a new federal jobs plan that could include some kind of worker training program. Among those programs the president is considering is one in Georgia, which has had mixed reviews.

At a recent town hall meeting in Illinois, Obama answered questions about the sagging economy, and mentioned Georgia Works, a job-training program that allows a company to try out a prospective employee for eight weeks while the worker still receives an unemployment check. He called it a smart program.

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StoryCorps
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

A Father Reflects On Strength And Meeting His Match

Robert Stover, 83, with his daughter, Valerie Anderson, 56, in Howard, Pa.
StoryCorps

Robert Stover grew up in the late 1930s, and as he remembers, he never really had a hometown.

"My father was a salesman with the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company. He could move into a city and sell out its potential fairly rapidly. So I lived all over," Stover tells his daughter, Valerie Anderson.

Making friends wasn't easy.

"When I would get to a new town, everybody had to see who could whip the new boy," Robert says. "I was willing to stipulate that they all could — including the females. But it had to be proven."

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Economy
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Democrats Urge Obama To 'Go Big' With Jobs Package

When a president asks for a prime-time slot to address a joint session of Congress, he is signaling to the country that he has something very important to say. Next Thursday President Obama will once again try to make a hard political pivot to the issue of jobs.

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well contamination
5:18 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Groundwater contamination investivation continues

(credit: Environmental Protection Agency)

State regulators are still working to determine the extent of water contamination in the Fremont County town of Pavillion.

After determining that 41 wells have been contaminated either from gas development or local geology, officials have been trying to determine the integrity of area water wells, as well as whether there is contamination from drill pits. So far, studies have not yielded anything conclusive.

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Full Cache Of Unredacted WikiLeaks Diplomatic Cables Is Now Online

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves a courtroom in southeast London.
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Today WikiLeaks admitted that a cache of diplomatic cables was now available all over the Internet. The cables include information that could potentially put people, like government informants, in jeopardy.

The Wall Street Journal reports that facing criticism for releasing unredacted material, WikiLeaks tried to shift the blame to The Guardian, saying the British paper had published the password that opened the encrypted file:

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It's All Politics
3:46 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

What Should Be In Obama's Jobs Plan? Six Ideas That Could Make The List

When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list:

Extension of the payroll tax "holiday"

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Jon Huntsman
3:20 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Can Jon Huntsman Break Away From The Pack?

As Jon Huntsman and his wife walked down Main Street in Concord, N.H., on Thursday, trailed by news cameras, a passerby asked, "Who's that?"

The question is not surprising for a candidate who's run no TV ads in New Hampshire so far, and who's polling at just 3 percent in the state. But Huntsman was undaunted Thursday morning as he addressed a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at St. Anselm College.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

U.N. Panel Finds Israel's Naval Blockade Legal, But Flotilla Raid 'Excessive'

A United Nations panel has found that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is legal. But the panel also stated that a May 2010 armed raid on a flotilla, which was carrying activists trying to break the blockade, was "excessive and unreasonable." Eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent died in the raid.

The New York Times obtained an early copy of the report, which is expected to be released tomorrow.

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