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Tue October 25, 2011
Around the Nation

School District Says No To Teacher Bonus Grant

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 3:29 pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Oregon earlier this month, and he heard from an Oregon City teacher who complained about the rules of a performance-based pay bonus grant.

Paul Sancya AP

An Oregon school district has rejected more than $2.5 million in federal funds. Oregon City — just south of Portland — turned down money that would have given performance-based pay bonuses to teachers, a controversial part of the Obama administration's education policy.

It's called the Teacher Incentive Fund, and it's meant to reward results. Oregon City actually applied for the money it's now turned down.

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Tue October 25, 2011
The Two-Way

'A Modest Glimmer Of Hope,' Home Prices Up In August

Home prices rose slightly in August, according to the latest data from the S&P/Case-Shiller index. They're still down compared to August 2010, and way down from their pre-recession peak in 2006. But it's good-ish news, reports the AP:

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Tue October 25, 2011
It's All Politics

Rick Perry Offers Flatter Tax In Effort To Regain Traction

Because you can apparently never have enough flat-tax plans in a race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday officially introduced his own version.

That gives us two flat tax proposals in the GOP race, Perry's and Herman Cain's (all together now) 9-9-9 plan.

Actually, Perry's plan is not so much a flat tax as a flatter tax since he maintains some deductions and exemptions and even the current tax code for those who would prefer to use it.

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Tue October 25, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 9:28 am

Uncle Tupelo at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeff Tweedy (second from left) went on to form Wilco, while Jay Farrar (second from right) created Son Volt.

Jim Leatherman

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisited some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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Tue October 25, 2011
The Salt

A DNA Check Reveals Widespread Fish Mislabeling in Massachusetts

Once filleted, it's easy to confuse one white-fleshed fish for another.

Beware Massachusetts fish fans: If you're buying or ordering red snapper, white tuna, local cod or haddock, there's a pretty good chance that's not what you're going to get.

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