Rick Perry
2:22 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

In Texas, Perry's Vaccine Mandate Provoked Anger

Mike Toomey (foreground), former chief of staff to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, watches primary election returns with other staffers in Austin in 2006.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:15 pm

The most dramatic moment of the GOP debate in Florida last Monday revolved around Gov. Rick Perry and his 2007 executive order mandating that all 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas get the HPV vaccine. The human papillomavirus vaccine protects women and teens against a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer.

During the debate, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called Perry's executive order an example of crony capitalism.

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Developing: Tucson Airbase On Lockdown

The Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, Ariz. is on lockdown. The AP, as well as local news outlets, report the Air Force base has confirmed that it has stepped up security, but it refused to give details of the situation.

The AP reports:

Senior Airman Timothy Dunaway says traffic has been reduced to a single point entry but he refused to elaborate.

He says the Sonoran Science Academy on the base is on lockdown.

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Local & Regional
1:58 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Coming Home

Tulsa, OK – Okmulgee soldier's remains to be returned to Okla.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The remains of an Oklahoma National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan are being returned to his family.

A ceremony will be held Friday at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base for the return of Pfc. Tony Potter, Jr., of Okmulgee.

The 20-year-old was among three Oklahoma National Guard soldiers killed Sept. 9 when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

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Around the Nation
1:50 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

In southwest Miami, a small subdivision is being called "ground zero" of an invasion by a destructive, non-native species.

"It's us against the snails," Richard Gaskalla, head of plant industry for Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Barack Obama
12:49 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

N.Y. Special Election Shows Obama's Trials To Come

A crowd cheers as Republican Bob Turner appears on stage during an election night party on Tuesday in New York. The traditionally Democratic and Jewish district elected Turner, revealing the problems Obama may have with political strongholds in the 2012 election.
Mary Altaffer AP

This week brought another slew of bad political news for President Obama. The Democrats lost two special elections: one in a Republican-leaning district in Nevada, and one in a Democratic stronghold in New York.

There are also new polls showing the president's support weakening among Democratic voters in blue states.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Report: Rogue UBS Trader Was The One Who Informed Bank Of $2bn Loss

Kweku Adoboli, the 31-year-old rogue trader who lost $2 billion of Swiss bank UBS' assets, was the one who alerted the bank to what was going on, reports the BBC.

To catch you up on the story: Yesterday, UBS announced that it may have to post a quarterly loss because one man made a series of bad trades. As the AP reported, yesterday, Adoboli proved that banks remain vulnerable even after safeguards against rogue traders were put in place.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Alabama's Largest County Takes Big Step To Avoid Bankruptcy

The Jefferson County Commission in Alabama approved a plan today that could mean the county will avoid having to declare bankruptcy because of a $3.1 billion debt.

The Birmingham News cautions, though, that "the agreement [with creditors] is only a framework or a concept to settle the crisis, and work remains toward crafting a definitive, binding deal."

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Haven't Seen The 'Webcam 101 For Seniors' Video Yet? Here It Is

Bruce and Esther Huffman, video darlings.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 12:09 pm

It's one of this week's "viral video sensations," as ABC News' Technology Review says.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Biologists Set To Rescue Fish From Drying Texas Rivers

This news story from the Associated Press gives you an idea of just how bad drought conditions are in Texas:

Wildlife biologists on Friday will evacuate two species of minnows from the shrinking waters of a West Texas river in the first of what could be several rescue operations involving fish affected by the state's worst drought in decades.

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Politics
11:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Political Chat: Boehner's Answer To Jobs Crisis

This week, House Speaker Boehner responded to President Obama's jobs plan; Republicans won both special congressional elections in New York and Nevada; and a former Obama administration member announced her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. GOP strategist Ron Christie and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker weigh in.

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