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One of the most respected news magazines in the world, Morning Edition airs Monday through Friday on more than 660 NPR stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR's international services.

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Produced by NPR in Washington, D.C., Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based in 17 countries around the world, and producers and reporters in 17 locations in the U.S. Their reporting is supplemented by NPR member station reporters across the country and a strong corps of independent producers and reporters in the public radio system.

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New England News
7:26 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant Sues Over New State Tax

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has filed a lawsuit against the state over taxes on the plant the Legislature passed this year.

Vermont Yankee already won a round in federal court over the state's efforts to close it. That case is on appeal.

Now New Orleans-based plant owner Entergy Corp. is suing over a law increasing the plant's annual tax bill from about $5 million to about $12.8 million. Backers of the increase say it was designed to make up for revenues lost to the state under agreements that ended on the plant's originally scheduled shutdown date in March.

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Hudson Valley News
7:23 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Nurses Tell Westchester Lawmakers Administration is Hurting Patient Care

Officials from the New York State Nurses Association, the union that represents nurses at Westchester Medical Center, told the County Board of Legislators’ Community Services Committee on Tuesday that patient care is suffering as a result of hospital management’s cutbacks and reorganization of medical staff.

Nurses’ representatives told of cases where nurses are tied up in administrative and other work resulting in a loss of patient care.

Sam Caquias, a representative of the Nurses Association, said the region’s healthcare is suffering.

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Sports
7:20 am
Wed September 12, 2012

WAMC Sports News

Jacoby Ellsbury with a walk off single to beat the Yankees 4-3 on his 29th birthday.
Elise Amendola AP

The American League East is tied again with Baltimore and the Yankees sporting identical 79-62 records. J.J. Hardy homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated Tampa Bay 9-2. The Rays are two games back and two behind in the chase for the final AL wild-card spot. Meanwhile, the Yankees were dropping a 4-3 decision to Boston in Fenway Park. Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits and drove in a pair. Ellsbury capped a strong performance on his 29th birthday with a solid single to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Upgrading Ulster Emergency Communications Could Cost $27 Million

Blue Wing principal Mark Hoffay explains coverage issues for the county
Hank Gross

Ulster County is bringing its emergency radio communication systems into the 21st Century.

Blue Wing Consulting, based in Minnesota, made a detailed technical presentation to the county legislature at a special meeting held Tuesday night in Kingston. The company made a similar presentation earlier Tuesday in neighboring Sullivan County.

Blue Wing was hired two years ago, tasked with polling various departments and finding an affordable solution to coverage, cost, and interoperability problems.

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Elections
7:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina gets a primary day preview from Judy Patrick, editor of the Daily Gazette.

WAMC News
6:56 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Morning Weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his morning forecast. 

Education
6:37 am
Wed September 12, 2012

As Chicago Teachers Strike, Unions At A Crossroad

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

On the face of it, the teacher's strike in Chicago is about money, job security and how teachers are evaluated. But it's also about the political pressure on teachers' unions to make concessions that not long ago would've been unheard of. Teachers' collective bargaining rights these days have taken a backseat to bare-bones budgets and to claims that unions are an obstacle to efforts aimed at improving the quality of schools. As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, all these elements have come together in Chicago.

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Around the Nation
6:02 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Alaska Fisherman Rescued From Plastic Bin

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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Around the Nation
6:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Gettysburg's Electric Battle Map Up For Sale

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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NPR Story
5:18 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Velvet Underground Loses Banana Case

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here in the United States, a court has been considering the fate of an iconic fruit. And that's our last word in business today.

Forty-five years ago, the artist Andy Warhol created an album cover for the rock band The Velvet Underground, an album cover featuring a stylized banana. The Warhol banana has remained a popular image, moving from an album cover to iPhone covers.

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