The Two-Way
8:53 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Manufacturing Hits Lowest Level In 2 Years

The markets reacted positively to the debt ceiling deal this morning, but bad news on the manufacturing level sent them lower.

The Institute for Supply Management announced that manufacturing activity barely grew in July. The AP reports:

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Politics
8:39 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Congress Gears Up For Possible Debt Deal Votes

Vice President Biden walks through the Senate Subway on his way to meetings at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

House and Senate leaders prepared for possible votes Monday on the tentative deal to raise the government's debt ceiling and prevent a U.S. default.

Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the votes could come as early as Monday evening, depending on the outcome of meetings with members. Cantor's office said the House would go first.

The agreement gained momentum in the Senate on Monday after months of partisan rancor.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Mon August 1, 2011

FBI Says It Has 'A New Suspect' In D.B. Cooper Skyjacking Case

A 1971 artist's sketch released by the FBI shows the skyjacker known as 'Dan Cooper' and 'D.B. Cooper'. The sketch was made from the recollections of passengers and crew of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 10:41 am

Forty years after parachuting into folklore, the mysterious skyjacker identified as D.B. Cooper may soon be identified.

"We do actually have a new suspect we're looking at," says FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandolo Dietrich in a story in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. "And it comes from a credible lead who came to our attention recently via a law enforcement colleague."

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Mon August 1, 2011

142 People Are Dead, As Government Crackdown Continues In Syria

A makeshift gallows with a poster shows the pictures of former Syrian president Hafez Assad, and his sons, including current President Bashar Assad.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad continued its bloody offensive against protesters today. On Sunday, government forces shelled the city of Hama and human rights groups said there were as many as 142 people dead.

Al Jazeera reports that the people of Deir ex-Zor, who were protesting the attack on Hama, found themselves under fire this morning:

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Middle East
7:57 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Syrian Opposition Echoes Cry For Liberty Or Death

In a photo provided to AFP by a third party, Syrians demonstrate against the government after Friday prayers in Hama on July 29. The Syrian government has banned most foreign media from entering the country, making it difficult to independently confirm events.
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The holy month of Ramadan begins Monday in many parts of the Muslim world — 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk, when large crowds gather for an additional nighttime prayer.

Ramadan could also be a decisive time for the protest movement in Syria. The government has stepped up mass arrests as activists vow to shift from weekly rallies to nightly ones outside mosques that have become centers of protest.

"I am not going to stop," said Mohammed Ali, a 24-year-old architect, and one of many activists who say they will be on the streets every night during Ramadan.

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WPR News
10:04 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Investors are buying up Jackson Hole real estate

Jackson Hole, WY – A review of Jackson Hole real estate market data from the first half of this year shows substantial pick-up in purchases of low-end properties, valued at under one million dollars.

So far this year, 69 percent of sale prices are under that price point. That's compared to 40 percent in 2008.

Co-author of The Hole Report David Viehman says most of those purchases are being made with cash, and that most of the buyers are not local.

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WPR News
10:03 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Investors are buying up Jackson Hole real estate

Jackson Hole, WY – A review of Jackson Hole real estate market data from the first half of this year shows substantial pick-up in purchases of low-end properties, valued at under one million dollars.

So far this year, 69 percent of sale prices are under that price point. That's compared to 40 percent in 2008.

Co-author of The Hole Report David Viehman says most of those purchases are being made with cash, and that most of the buyers are not local.

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WPR News
9:59 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Census: Many leaving rural areas, minorities bolster populations

Cheyenne. WY – A recent analysis of 2010 census data concludes that the United States' rural population has reached a new and historic low of 16 percent.

In the 2000 Census, 20 percent of the country's population lived in non-metropolitan areas.

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WPR News
9:57 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center plans on hold

Cheyenne, WY – GE Energy and the University of Wyoming have halted development on the long- anticipated High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center.

A release from Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's office chalks up the delay to uncertainty about how the federal government will regulate greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

The High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center is designed to research "clean coal" technology and how to get more use from coal from the Powder River Basin and other parts of Wyoming.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Laramie man dead after fall from UW stadium

Laramie, WY – Officials say the body of a 43-year-old Laramie man has been found on a path at the University of Wyoming football stadium, prompting the school to limit access to the facility.

Police said it appears the man climbed over a rail at the top of the southeast corner of War Memorial Stadium and jumped Thursday night.

University Spokesman Steve Kiggins says the man fell more than 60 feet.

The man's name wasn't immediately released. The university says it has no record of him working or studying there.

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