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6:31 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup

Heavy and wet snow weighs down tree branches on the west side of Rapid City, S.D. Earlier this month, a fierce October snowstorm hit ranchers in the state hard.
Kristina Barker Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 7:58 am

A freak October blizzard earlier this month killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota.

The number of animals is hard to confirm. In part, because the federal agency tasked with tallying livestock losses after a disaster is closed during the partial government shutdown.

October is often a great weather month to be in South Dakota, which is one reason why the early October blizzard caught so many off guard.

Todd Collins lost a fifth of his herd in this storm. "My dad is 80 years old, and he says he's never seen a killer storm the first of October."

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Barriers Breached At World War II Memorial On Mall

A crowd gathers at the World War II Memorial to call for reopening national memorials closed by the government shutdown. The rally drew support from military veterans, Tea Party activists and Republicans.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 13, 2013 2:52 pm

A crowd of demonstrators converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning, protesting the government shutdown that has included blocking full access to monuments in Washington.

The "Million Vet March," protest was organized by groups including the Brats for Veterans Advocacy, which called on military veterans and others to march against the barricading of the memorial, which its website calls "a despicable act of cowardice."

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Sun October 13, 2013

U.S. Reaches Partial Deal To Keep Troops In Afghanistan

Secretary of State John Kerry describes a new partial bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan, in a news conference held Saturday after hours of discussions with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right.
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Two days of talks between U.S. and Afghan officials have yielded a partial security agreement between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai held discussions Friday and Saturday on a deal to keep the U.S. military in the country beyond the 2014 pullout date for most U.S. and NATO troops.

The next step for the tentative bilateral security agreement is for it to be reviewed by Afghanistan's parliament and the Loya Jirga, an assembly of public and tribal leaders.

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Indian Times
9:23 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Comanche Code Talkers Remembered

Credit Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center

During World Wars I and II, the United States military used select Native American service men to relay secret battle messages based on words from their native languages. These groups came to be known as “Code Talkers” and were the unsung heroes of those world wars. The Comanche Code Talkers were pledged to secrecy about their work in World Wars I and II, and they kept that secret until the program was declassified.

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Electricity Will Be Sold To PSO
6:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

New Wind Farms In The Panhandle

Credit taylorandayumi / Flickr.com

Two companies have announced plans to build new wind farms in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

TradeWind Energy Inc. says it will develop a 200-megawatt wind farm near Goodwell in Texas County while Apex Clean Energy Inc. is planning a 300-megawatt farm near Balko in Beaver County.

Both projects were announced Thursday.

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70th Convention
4:35 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

National Congress Of American Indians To Meet In Tulsa

Credit National Congress of American Indians

Thousands of Native American tribal members will be in Oklahoma starting this weekend to discuss revitalizing languages, combating violence against women, protecting sacred sites and other topics.

The tribal members will be in Tulsa for the 70th annual National Congress of the American Indian convention. Among the scheduled speakers during the six-day convention are Attorney General Eric Holder, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and leaders of various tribes across the nation.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Nobel Prize Roundup: 'God Particle' Strikes Gold

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:35 pm

This week a handful of scientists got the wakeup call of a lifetime: news they had won the Nobel Prize. This year's recipients predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, figured out how cells transport materials, and used computer programming to map chemical reactions. Winners and experts discuss the research behind this year's awards, and what comes next.

Parallels
2:48 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Syrians Are Widely Critical Of Nobel Peace Prize Decision

Men chat Thursday in front of badly damaged buildings in the central city of Homs. Many Syrians are critical of the Nobel Peace Prize that was announced Friday for the group that is in Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program.
Yazan Homsy Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:54 pm

Many Syrians are frustrated, disappointed and generally upset that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the group that recently arrived in the country to dismantle the government's chemical weapons.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is a small, low-key outfit that has been placed in the international spotlight with its Syria mission and now a Nobel Prize.

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Native American
9:31 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Anti-"Redskins" Ad Features Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole

Credit Oneida Indian Nation

The debate over the Washington Redskins name will follow the team on the road when it faces the rival Dallas Cowboys.

The Oneida Indian Nation said Thursday it will air a radio ad called "Bipartisan" on the Cowboys' flagship station ahead of Sunday's game.

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It's All Politics
8:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Trickle-Down Stories: How The Shutdown Feels Across America

A sport fishing guide in the Florida Keys protests the closure of Everglades National Park waters for fishing as part of the U.S. government shutdown.
Joe Skipper Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:25 pm

Most Americans say they aren't directly affected by the shutdown. But some pockets of society, beyond furloughed federal workers and their families, are being severely hit.

We used NPR's social media network to ask about the impact and were deluged by messages from people who are worried and scared, especially veterans and the disabled, and many others who are angry and frustrated.

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