The Salt
12:24 am
Tue August 21, 2012

How A Biofuel Dream Called Jatropha Came Crashing Down

A man harvests fruits of the Jatropha tree in Taabo, Ivory Coast. Jatropha, which is grown in many parts of the world, has fallen from favor as a diesel fuel substitute.
Kambou Sia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 7:37 am

From Congress to The Colbert Report, people are talking about the Midwestern drought and debating whether it makes sense to convert the country's shrinking corn supplies into ethanol to power our cars.

It's the latest installment of the long-running food vs. fuel battle.

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First And Main
12:23 am
Tue August 21, 2012

In Wis. Swing County, Voters Criticize 'Handouts'

Patricia and Steven Cumber run the Food Tailor food truck in downtown Oshkosh, Wis. It's their primary source of income after Steven lost his job as a welder.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:01 am

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition is visiting swing counties in swing states for our series First and Main. We're listening to voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year. This week, we're spending time in Winnebago County, Wis.

We began our conversations in the lakeside city of Oshkosh, at a cafe on Main Street. But now, we're heading outside town to the Winnebago County Fair, where I was eager to taste Wisconsin's most famous food: cheese curds.

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Idaho Wildfire
5:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Idaho Fire Continues To Threaten Mountain Towns

Wildfires have burned more land this year in the U.S. than in the last decade. Large fires continue to burn in California, Washington, Nevada and Idaho.

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Lawsuit Against Vatican
4:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Judge: Vatican Did Not 'Employ' Abusive Priest

A view of Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City.
MargaretNapier Flickr

Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.

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Taylor Bridge Fire Containment
4:34 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Officials Expect Taylor Bridge Fire To Be Contained By Tuesday

The 23,000 acre Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

Fire crews expect to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington by Tuesday afternoon. Crews are now working in steep terrain on the northwest side of the blaze.

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

JetBlue Fined $90K For Not Telling Passengers They Were Allowed To Deplane

A JetBlue Airways aircraft.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The Department of Transportation said it has fined JetBlue $90,000, after it failed to inform passengers that they could leave a plane that sat at the gate for close to three hours.

DOT said that violated airline protection rules that went into effect in April 2010. The rule says that if passengers can get off the plane, they should be informed that they can do so and they should be given updates every 30 minutes.

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Columbia River Crossing Project
4:18 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

President Obama Expedites Columbia River Crossing

President Obama has announced that the Columbia River Crossing -- and three other infrastructure projects around the nation -- will be expedited.

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Death Of Handcuffed Man In Police Car Ruled A Suicide

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:42 am

A 21-year-old man whose hands were cuffed behind him in the back seat of a police car in Arkansas killed himself with a concealed handgun. That's according to an autopsy report released Monday into the death of Chavis Carter.

Carter died July 28 after being detained during a traffic stop. Police said he had an outstanding arrest warrant – later revealed to be drug-related. The driver and the passenger of the vehicle he was in were allowed to go.

Police searched Carter twice, but found no gun.

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The Two-Way
3:26 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

For First Time, Latinos Represent Largest Minority Group In Colleges

In a new study, The Pew Hispanic Center says that for the first time ever, Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the country's college campuses.

It's a report that marks many firsts for the ethnic group, which has been making great strides in education since 1972.

Among them: For the first time, there were more than 2 million latinos ages 18 to 24 enrolled. They reached a record 16.5 percent of all college enrollment. Hispanics make up a little more than a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in two-year colleges.

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NewsPoet: Writing The Day In Verse
2:46 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

NewsPoet: Tess Taylor Writes The Day In Verse

Tess Taylor visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Monday.
Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 3:38 pm

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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