10:01 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Labor's Criticism Of Obama Grows Louder

Organized labor is traditionally one of the strongest sources of money and organizing power for Democrats, but lately union leaders have strongly criticized President Obama.

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10:01 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Will Consumer Queasiness Drag Down The Economy?

Customers shop for kitchen appliances at a Home Depot store in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

When it comes to the economy, there's lots to worry about: Jobs, home prices, debt. And all those concerns seemed to have come together in the latest snapshot of consumer confidence — it plunged to its lowest level in two years.

The concern is that a country full of increasingly pessimistic consumers will stop spending and undermine the recovery.

But the relationship between consumer confidence and spending habits isn't at all straightforward.

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10:01 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Obama Takes Tougher Stance On Abortion Protesters

The Obama Justice Department has been taking a more aggressive approach against people who block access to abortion clinics, using a 1994 law to bring cases in greater numbers than its predecessor.

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Ron Elving is the NPR News' Senior Washington Editor directing coverage of the nation's capital and national politics and providing on-air political analysis for many NPR programs.

Elving can regularly be heard on Talk of the Nation providing analysis of the latest in politics. He is also heard on the "It's All Politics" weekly podcast along with NPR's Ken Rudin.

It's All Politics
5:46 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington Partisans Pick Up Right Where They Left Off

Job creation may be the biggest issue facing the nation this fall, but it's not what set off the latest test of wills between the White House and Republican leaders of Congress today.

The president's promised speech on job creation could be a pivotal event in itself, but it's not what caused the latest outbreak of stunning childishness in Washington.

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5:36 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Victims of explosion have been named

Wyoming's chief workplace safety official
has released the names of three workers he says were at the scene
of a fatal oilfield explosion earlier this week northeast of
     J.D. Danni is manager of the Wyoming Occupational Safety &
Health Administration program. He identified the men on the scene
as 55-year-old James Turner, of Double D Welding and Fabrication of
Casper, 32-year-old Llewellyn Dort and Gerardo Alatorre, no age
available, both of Wild West Construction.
     Attempts to reach company officials for comment were

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5:35 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Officials debate wind tax policy

State and industry leaders are discussing
ways to restructure how wind energy is taxed in Wyoming so that the
state's wind tax policies are more attractive to wind producers.
     Under current law, wind developers will be taxed $1 per megawatt
hour beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The existing sales tax exemption on
wind energy equipment also is set to expire at that time.
     Wind producers fear the changes will dissuade developers from
installing new projects in Wyoming.
     The state Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee

5:32 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Census shows Wyoming has high rates of marriage and divorce

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Wyoming among the top states notorious for high rates of marriage, and divorce, in 2009.
Amy Bittner, an economist with the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division who has studied the data, says the reason for this is a bit of a no-brainer.

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Small Business
5:18 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Small Business Development Center ready to go

Jill Kline is the director for the Small Business Development Center. (University of Wyoming)

The new director of Wyoming's Small Business Development center says she is looking forward to helping small business owners both start and maintain their business.

Jill Klein says she wants to get those owners started in the right direction.

"Take your time and talents and develop a good plan. We will take you through everything, the business plan development, developing cash flow, preparing for a bank loan, hiring employees, any business related question you might have, we will help you address those."

The Two-Way
5:12 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Physicists Test For Most Efficient Way To Board A Plane

It's an age old question: What's the easiest way to board a plane? In this 1933 picture, passengers wait to board a new passenger service between London and Paris.
Davies Getty Images

It's obvious. Everyone knows that the way you should board a plane is to start from the back and work your way to the front. Then again, every airline seems to think otherwise, because some do it front to back, others board you by "groups," and others board window seats, then middle seats, then aisle seats.

Well, physicists at the prestigious Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics just released a study (pdf) that says we're all wrong. Boarding planes by sequential rows is one of the least effective methods, they found.

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