Bill Chappell is a blogger and producer who works with NPR's Morning Edition and Digital Media group. In addition to coordinating Web features, he frequently contributes to NPR's blogs, from The Two Way and All Tech Considered to The Salt.

The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Town Of Canmore Says 'No More' To Wild Rabbits

Wild rabbits are seen on a lawn in Canmore, Canada. The town is weighing options to cut down the population.


Some 2,000 rabbits have "overrun" the Canadian town of Canmore, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The bunnies are believed to be the progeny of pets — and their number has doubled in the past four years, according to Canada's CTV.

"There's often about eight on our lawn," one Canmore resident tells CTV. "They're everywhere."

But the same woman also added, "We think they're cute."

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WEMU Presents 5:01 Jazz Series
Free Admission 5:01 to 7:00 P.M. NOV. 4, 2011


 It's 5:01 Jazz time again!  Join us for the 2011-12 5:01 Jazz Season Fridays  5:01 p.m. at Live at PJ's in downtown Ann Arbor. 

The free 5:01 Jazz series honors the memory of the late Jan Winkelman, jazz trumpter, student, aficionado, and supporter.  We hope to see you there!


At Live at PJ's 102 S. First St. Ann Arbor

The Salt
12:54 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Cheap Marketing Techniques Help Kids Choose More Fruit

If you want kids to eat it, make it pretty.

Kids will choose to take a step towards healthier eating by choosing fresh fruit — if you give them a little nudge.

Researchers at Cornell's Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs went into three school cafeterias that had been keeping their fruit in stainless-steel bins behind sneeze guards in the lunch line where kids could barely see it. And they did some strategic rearranging. They moved the fruit into colorful bowls or attractive baskets, and placed them near the cash register.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

GM, Chrysler Posted Sharp Sales Gains In September; Ford's Rose Too

"General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC posted double-digit sales increases in September, defying the prevailing malaise in the economy," The Detroit News reports. "GM reported U.S. sales of 207,145 vehicles last month, a 20 percent increase over September 2010. Chrysler's domestic sales were up 27 percent."

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12:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its 2011-2012 session Monday, in what could prove to be one of the most notable terms in years. The court is expected to hear cases about immigration, Medicaid and President Obama's landmark health care law. Michel Martin discusses the cases with George Washington University Law Professor Paul Butler and Eva Rodriguez, a Washington Post editorial writer who specializes in legal affairs.

It's All Politics
11:39 am
Mon October 3, 2011

S. Carolina To Hold Primary Jan. 21

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 6:36 pm

South Carolina will hold its Republican presidential primary Jan. 21, moving the date forward to stay ahead of Florida.

Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada are all expected to now move their caucuses and primaries up as well to maintain their traditional early spots in the presidential-nominee selection process calendar.

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11:16 am
Mon October 3, 2011

A Leading Figure In The New Apostolic Reformation

C. Peter Wagner, pictured with his wife, Doris, is one of the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation.

Courtesy of C. Peter Wagner

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 2:12 pm

A new charismatic Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and Jesus' return is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role. Several apostles affiliated with the movement helped organize or spoke at Rick Perry's August prayer rally, The Response.

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The Salt
10:52 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Today's King Corn Can Thank A Jumping Gene

Scientists unlock another piece of the puzzle about the evolution of corn.

Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

Ever wonder where your food came from? No, I mean where it really came from — as in, where did humans first find the plants that we now depend on for survival, like potatoes or wheat or corn, and what made those plants such generous providers of food, anyway?

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Manufacturing Grew In September, Construction Gained In August

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 10:43 am

Neither reports signals a sharp turnaround for the sluggish economy, but:

-- The manufacturing sector "expanded in September for the 26th consecutive month," the Institute for Supply Management says. An index it calculates that measures such things as orders, production and employment stood at 51.6 in September vs. 50.6 in August. A reading above 50 is supposed to signal an expanding factory sector. The index has been at 50 or above for those 26 months.

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