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Business
7:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Study Shows Strong Economic Ties Between New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houma

A new look at Census information shows a substantial link between the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas. Researchers are seeing a potential “super region” including the Houma-Thibodaux area emerging as a strong economic force.

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Around the Nation
5:56 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Colo. Company Prospers From Doomsday Threats

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Around the Nation
5:39 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Wyoming Town Of 1 Sold At Auction

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

New Jersey Law Causes Companies To Pull Gift Cards

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At some point, you likely received a present from a prepaid gift card from the person who wasn't exactly sure what you'd want. Residents of New Jersey may not be able to buy them for much longer. American Express has pulled its gift cards from the state, and other big industry players are threatening to do the same. They oppose a new law that would allow New Jersey to claim unused gift card balances after two years. NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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Business
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 9:15 am

The artist was known for scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light. Kinkade repeatedly claimed to be the most collected living artist.

Asia
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Leaders' Meeting Boosts India-Pakistan Relations

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 9:15 am

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A brief encounter between two leaders has raised hope for better relations between India and Pakistan. India's prime minister hosted Pakistan's president and accepted a return invitation to travel to Pakistan. We talk here of two nuclear-armed rivals whose relations were even worse than usual, after Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in 2008. And the meeting came as disaster struck Pakistani troops facing Indian soldiers in the Himalayas.

NPR's Julie McCarthy is going to talk us through all this. Hi, Julie.

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Remembrances
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

CBS Newsman Mike Wallace Dies At 93

Over the weekend, 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace died in Connecticut. Wallace, a star of that CBS news magazine for 40 years, stood out because of his seeming willingness to ask anybody anything. In 2005, he sat down for an interview with Steve Inskeep.

Business
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Business News

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NPR's business news starts with labor woes at AT&T.

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MONTAGNE: AT&T and union officials have agreed to extend contract negotiations, preventing a mass walkout by some 40,000 unionized workers. The deadline to agree on the new contract had been yesterday. AT&T is seeking concessions from its workers, including cuts in pension contributions, and also an increase in health care premiums. The union is calling those concessions unrealistic.

Sports
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Bubba Watson Wins Masters In Playoff

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 9:15 am

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The Masters Golf Tournament finished dramatically yesterday in a sudden-death playoff that ended with Bubba Watson sporting the green jacket. Christine Brennan was there. She's sports columnist for USA Today and a frequent guest on our program. She joins us this morning from Augusta.

Good morning, Christine.

CHRISTINE BRENNAN: Good morning, Renee.

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Middle East
3:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Syrian Demand Derails Scheduled Ceasefire

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 9:15 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm Renee Montagne. The shooting was supposed to stop in Syria tomorrow. Now we can't be sure. Syria's regime made last-minute demands that appear to have derailed the peace plan, including a ceasefire scheduled for Tuesday.

The Syrian government is under increasing pressure, as we'll hear in a moment. But it remains defiant, as NPR's Grant Clark reports.

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