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8:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

McCain Backs President On Syria Strikes

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona talks to Steve Inskeep about what he would like to see the U.S. do about Syria.

Hudson Valley News
8:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

“Unions Coming Back” Was Labor Day Rally Outlook

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The annual Labor Day rally, organized by Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner, drew a crowd of about 40 people, who heard mostly the same message as in the past. Tyner said one new side to the event this year was the focus on Saint Francis Hospital where SEIU Local 1199 has been trying to organize.

“We’re trying to make sure that there’s democracy in the workplace," Tyner said.  "If the workers at St. Francis Hospital want a union, and most of them have signed cards saying they do want, they should be able to have one.”

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Hudson Valley News
8:31 am
Tue September 3, 2013

No Movement In Ulster Sales Tax Crisis

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KINGSTON – The clock is ticking, but Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said there is still time for the State Assembly to approve continuation of one percent of the county sales tax, which is set to expire near the end of the year.

Hein, who has dubbed the situation the “Cahill crisis” because State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D, Kingston) blocked the approval before lawmakers went home this summer, said as a result of the potential loss of $5 million at the end of the year, he is preparing for all financial contingencies as he works up the county’s 2014 budget.

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New England News
8:25 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Conn. Video Gambling Task Force To Meet

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A legislative task force studying the possible expansion of video gambling in Connecticut, including video slot machines, is meeting for the first time.

The panel is scheduled to convene Thursday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A news conference is also planned.

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8:14 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Tigers Shut Out Red Sox 3-0.

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In baseball, Detroit beat Boston 3-0 yesterday. Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings for the Tigers.

Elsewhere in the American League, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice while the Yankees put together an eight-run fourth to beat the White Sox 9-1. Minnesota passed Houston 10-6. Kansas City beat Seattle 3-1. Baltimore topped Cleveland 7-2. Oakland doubled up Texas 4-2 and the Angels won against Tampa Bay 11-2.

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New York News
7:18 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Upstate NY City Continues June Flood Emergency

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The mayor of a central New York city devastated by June's upstate flooding plans to issue a third emergency declaration.

The Oneida Daily Dispatch reports that acting Mayor Max Smith plans to take the action at today’s Common Council meeting because of continuing repair costs.

The cost of repairs to the city's waste water treatment plant is estimated at $1.5 million, and bills continue to come in from contractors hired for those repairs.

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New England News
7:13 am
Tue September 3, 2013

US Rep. Larson Holds Syria Town Hall

Connecticut U.S. Representative John Larson says he doesn't believe the United States should go it alone in Syria following reports of a chemical weapons attack against its citizens.

The Democrat held a town hall meeting Monday in West Hartford to hear from constituents who voiced a range of opinions.

Larson himself says there should be a response to the regime of President Bashar Assad but the United States shouldn't act unilaterally. WFSB-TV reports Larson told the crowd he's not in favor of putting troops on the ground.

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6:52 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Forecast

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano gives the WAMC Morning Edition forecast.

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Around the Nation
6:49 am
Tue September 3, 2013

U.S. Navy Wins Battle Of Lake Erie, Again

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:54 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to the U.S. Navy, which won the battle of Lake Erie - again. Sailing ships re-enacted the victory over the British 200 ago during the War of 1812. The Port Clinton News Herald says the 2013 battle turned out the same, but with better technology: people captured the battle scenes on cell phones.

In 1813, the winning commander said we have met the enemy and they are ours. Which is short enough to say on Twitter. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Woman Waits 8 Years To Get Diamond After Chicken Ate It

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:54 am



Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A diamond is forever, luckily, because a chicken only lasts about eight years - which is how long a woman in England is willing to wait to get back a diamond earring, after her pet chicken gulped it down while sitting on her shoulder.

The diamond earring could be removed surgically, but Claire Lennon told "The Telegraph" she worries the 6-month-old chicken wouldn't survive. And her daughter loves the bird so the diamond-wait, for the pet to die naturally.