Shots - Health News
9:14 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Why More Expensive Insurance Can Pay Off

Hey, put that away. You've got the platinum plan.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 12:26 pm

One of the most far-reaching provisions of the federal health overhaul prohibits insurers from refusing to cover people who are sick or charging them more for policies.

Still, for people with serious medical conditions, the online health insurance marketplaces present new wrinkles that could have significant financial impact.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

World's Largest Ferris Wheel Takes Shape In Las Vegas

The 55-story High Roller, which will be the world's largest Ferris wheel, is scheduled to open in early 2014.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:41 pm

Las Vegas is adding an eye-catching tourist attraction, in the form of a huge wheel that can take more than 1,000 people on a ride 550 feet into the sky over the city's famed Strip. The main construction of the wheel, called the High Roller, is nearly finished; it is expected to open in early 2014.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Got 'Ya Web: Jimmy Kimmel Was Behind 'Worst Twerk Fail EVER'

Talk about hot pants: A screen image from the "Worst Twerk Fail EVER" video.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:47 am

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State News
7:22 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Bradley University among top Midwestern universities

Bradley University was named the fifth top university in the Midwest according to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings.  The University’s College of Engineering and Technology is again listed among the best undergraduate engineering programs.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

In Washington, D.C., this week, there have been demonstrations both in favor of and against a military strike on targets in Syria. Outside the White House on Monday, supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad waved a Syrian flag with his face on it.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:04 pm

(We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)

Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.

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State News
7:14 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Interview with outoing head of Il Chamber of Commerce

When a political battle in Springfield has implications for business, you can usually find the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in the fight. With members that include some of the biggest corporations in Illinois, and mom-and-pop businesses, too, the Chamber is involved in everything from tax policy to state spending.

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State News
7:05 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Lawmaker wants to change how gas is taxed

As gas prices rise and fall, there's one constant. However much you pay to fill your gas tank, it's taxed. Several proposals would change how.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more.    

In Illinois, gasoline is taxed twice, so explains Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from Marengo.

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State News
6:55 am
Tue September 10, 2013

John Deere expanding in Brazil

Deere and Company is planning a major expansion in Brazil. Monday the company announced it will spend 40 million dollars to add production of another line of tractors, the 8-R, at its plant in the city of Montengro. 

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Around the Nation
6:39 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ordinary Americans React To Calls For Strikes On Syria

Soldiers rappel at the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Ky.
U.S. Army Jennifer Andersson AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:55 am

Before we hear from President Obama Tuesday night, let's hear now from some concerned citizens. The president will go on television to ask for support to press Syria to stop using chemical weapons.

Polls suggest Americans are largely opposed to military strikes in Syria. For a sampling of opinions we have reports from Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Kentucky.

We begin at a place whose residents know a lot about overseas conflicts: Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Our report is from Blake Farmer of member station WPLN.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Book News: NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri Shortlisted For Booker Prize

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author. She is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Smeeta Mahanti Courtesy Reagan Arthur Books

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, was announced Tuesday morning. Although the prize is limited to writers from the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, the list skews international, and includes authors from Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Canada. The complete shortlist is:

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