Regional
7:49 am
Wed August 1, 2012

State Sending Out Notices To Update Voter Rolls

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The secretary of state's office is sending out postcards this week to nearly 178,000 voters to update registration information.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says the effort is to clean up voter files in compliance with federal law, but it won't affect anyone until after the 2014 elections.

The postcards are going to people who've notified the Postal Service of a change of address or had previous election mailings returned as undeliverable.

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Regional
7:46 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Family Accused Of Ignoring Duties In Gun Sales

Rick Reese

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The case of a New Mexico family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels now is in the hands of a federal jury.

A 12-member jury in Las Cruces got the case late Tuesday afternoon.

In closing arguments, prosecutors say a family that owns a Deming-area gun store ignored their responsibilities by selling weapons and ammunition to a man who told them the arms were bound for Mexican drug cartels.

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Regional
7:41 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Martinez In Aspen For Meeting With GOP governors

NM Governor Susana Martinez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Colorado to meet with other Republican governors and then will raise money later in the week for a gubernatorial candidate in Washington state.

Martinez political adviser Jay McCleskey said the governor left New Mexico on Tuesday for Aspen to attend the quarterly meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

The governor heads to Washington state on Friday for a fundraiser in Yakima for GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Heir To Billions Pleads Guilty To Keeping Dead Wife's Body At Home

Eva Rausing, right, and her husband Hans Kristian Rausing in 1996.
Alan Davidson AP

In London today the Swedish heir to a fortune worth billions of dollars pleaded guilty to "preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife" and the court heard that Eva Rausing's body may have been lying beneath "bin bags, clothing and bed linen" for as long as two months, the BBC reports.

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The Torch
7:13 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Kristin Armstrong Wins Second Straight Gold Medal In Olympic Time Trial

Kristin Armstrong rides on her way to winning the women's individual time trial at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 12:41 pm

Kristin Armstrong has successfully defended her gold medal in the Olympic time trial, winning the race held in Surrey, England. Armstrong finished the 18-mile course in 37:34.82, nearly 16 seconds ahead of Judith Arndt of Germany, who won the silver.

Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia won bronze, seven seconds behind Arndt. American Amber Neben came in sixth, at 38:45.17. Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead, the silver medal winner in the road race, was tenth.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Employers Added 163,000 Jobs In July, Survey Suggests

There was a 163,000-gain in the number of jobs on private payrolls in July, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

That's down from an estimated 172,000 boost in June (a number revised slightly from ADP's previous report of a 176,000-increase for that month).

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Kitchen Window
6:10 am
Wed August 1, 2012

How To Make Your Tofu And Eat It, Too

Nicole Spiridakis for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 9:56 am

As I recently dipped a carrot slice into a fluffy, edamame-infused dip I'd made from a batch of homemade tofu, I wondered: Why haven't I done this before? The carrot was crisp, the herbs were fresh, but it was the tofu that was the real deal. It was like no store-bought tofu I'd ever encountered – light, delicate, creamy and not a bit rubbery.

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The Two-Way
5:48 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Indignant In India: Blackouts Have Millions 'Fuming'

Plenty of wires. But where's the juice? This electric pole in Kolkata is typical of many in heavily populated India.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

"Powerless and Clueless" was today's top headline on the Times of India's front page.

India's Economic Times went with "Superpower India, RIP."

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Participation Nation
5:42 am
Wed August 1, 2012

(W)E Pluribus Unum

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 10:58 am

With your help, NPR is writing a story across America. About the good things that Americans are doing.

You already know that our country is split by political partisanship, socioeconomic disparities, religious differences, geographical inequities and other factors.

Surely you have noticed: We are living in disunited states.

Sometimes it's hard to focus on the ways we work together, the similarities among us.

So that is what we will try to write about. Together.

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Sports
5:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Phelps' 19th Medal Breaks 48-Year-Old Record

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:31 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Nobody was booing when American swimmer Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian ever. Two medals yesterday in London broke a 48-year-old record. Phelps has now has 19 Olympic medals, total.

NPR's Howard Berkes reports from London.

HOWARD BERKES, BYLINE: Michael Phelps was a little sloppy on his way to breaking one of the most enduring records of the Olympics.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Take your mark.

(SOUNDBITE OF AN ALARM AND CHEERING)

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