KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

More parents reject vaccines in Coconino County as kids head back to school

Moran Henn picks tomatoes with her 5-year-old daughter. Henn chose not to vaccinate her children against chickenpox, whooping cough and hepatitis.
Shelley Smithson

With school starting this month, nurses in Flagstaff have been busy giving students their shots.  But a growing number of parents in Coconino County are opting not to immunize their children.   Public-health officials fear this could mean the resurgence of diseases that were disappearing.  

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Africa
2:23 am
Fri August 17, 2012

South African Police Accused Of Massacring Miners

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

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Around the Nation
1:42 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Participation Nation: People Pitching In To Help Communities

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Sometimes it can feel like a lot of what we hear is bad news. Well, we're going to hear next about some stories that inspire. All month, we've been collecting stories on NPR.org about good things Americans are doing, how they're working together to improve their communities.

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We call it Participation Nation. You've told us about a California doctor who turned a two-room free clinic into a community health center.

GREENE: A writing program to help young people in Maine become storytellers.

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Middle East
1:42 am
Fri August 17, 2012

U.N. To Appoint New Envoy To Syria

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

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The United Nations role in Syria is changing and so too is its personnel. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is expected to tap a veteran U.N. troubleshooter to take over from International Envoy Kofi Annan. At the same time, U.N. military observers are wrapping up their mission. NPR's Michele Kelemen has the latest.

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Europe
1:42 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Russian Judge To Rule In Punk Band's Anti-Putin Case

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:48 pm

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And I'm David Greene. In Russia today, a judge has delivered a guilty verdict for three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot. The band members were given a two-year sentence. They were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, after staging a protest in Moscow's main cathedral last February.

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Business
1:42 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

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As in much of the country, it's been a hot summer in the state of Oklahoma, and the heat has forced those without air conditioning to get creative.

Today's last word in business is a Scottish solution.

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Mechanics at O'Brien Auto Performance are keeping cool in kilts. From May to October, some employees there don kilts to enjoy a breezier workday.

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Your Money
11:59 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Student Loans Can Dent Retirees' Social Security

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 11:37 am

Families often pull together to help finance a college education, with parents and grandparents chipping in or co-signing loans. And now, a SmartMoney report finds the U.S. government withholding money from Social Security recipients who've stopped paying on federal student loans.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:58 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Would Judge Give Psychopath With Genetic Defect Lighter Sentence?

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

In 1991, a man named Stephen Mobley robbed a Domino's pizza in Hall County, Ga., and shot the restaurant manager dead.

Crimes like this happen all the time, but this particular case became a national story, in part because Mobley seemed so proud of his crime. After the robbery, he bragged about the killing and had the Domino's logo tattooed on his back.

But there was another reason Mobley's case became famous.

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StoryCorps
11:58 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

A Mother Tries To Atone For A Deadly Hate Crime

In 1988, Julie Sanders was present at a racist murder. A lot has happened since then, she says — but forgiveness isn't included. She visited StoryCorps with Randy Blazak in Portland, Ore.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

At 40, Julie Sanders is a mother of three from Portland, Ore. But when she was 16, Sanders belonged to a white supremacist group — and one night in 1988, she witnessed a murder. Since then, she's kept the event a secret from most of her friends and family.

Before she sat down to talk about the incident with her friend Randy Blazak at StoryCorps, Sanders says, she had rarely talked about her past at all. She started out by recalling what her life was like in her teen years.

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Animals
11:57 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Swarming Up A Storm: Why Animals School And Flock

A school of Blue Tang fish swimming together off the Caribbean island of Bonaire. It has long been assumed that the schooling behavior of fish evolved in part to protect animals from being attacked by predators.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 8:06 am

By tricking live fish into attacking computer-generated "prey," scientists have learned that animals like birds and fish may indeed have evolved to swarm together to protect themselves from the threat of predators.

"Effectively, what we're doing here is we're getting predatory fish to play a video game," says Iain Couzin, who studies collective animal behavior at Princeton University. "And through playing that game, through seeing which virtual prey items they attack, we can get a very deep understanding of as to how behavioral interactions among prey affect their survival."

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