Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Tonight

The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup logo is seen between the sweaters of the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. The Game 1 puck drops at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Yes, the NBA finals are well underway, and yes it's mid-June, but tonight marks Game 1 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship. A strike-shortened season pushed the finals later into the spring than usual.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Ill. Assembly Called Back To Work On Pension Fund Shortfall



NPR's business news starts with pension problems for Illinois.


MONTAGNE: The credit rating for the state of Illinois has taken another step closer to junk bond status. Illinois already had the lowest credit rating in the nation before it was downgraded again this week by Moody's and Fitch. The state legislature adjourned last week without addressing a $100 billion pension shortfall.

So as NPR's David Schaper reports, the governor is calling lawmakers back.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Company Tries To Solve 'Hot Chocolate' Issue

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 6:02 am



And our last word in business is: Hot chocolate.

Not the kind you drink on a wintery day, but the kind you eat in the sizzling tropics. The snack company Mondelez says it's perfecting a process to make chocolate unmeltable - even in temperatures above 100 degrees. The Deerfield, Illinois company says this new innovation will help it sell chocolate in emerging markets with hot climates and limited refrigeration, like sub Saharan Africa.

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Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Kid's Salute Turns Cymbal Crash Into Symbolic Victory

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:35 am

Andrew Pawelczyk, far left, saluting the flag after his cymbal crashed to the floor.


Thu May 30, 2013

Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:04 pm

Activists rally in support of gay marriage on March 25 in Chicago. The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will legalize same-sex marriage, but it has stalled in the state House.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois will become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its spring session Friday night, and the marriage equality bill still has not been called for a vote in the state House, where supporters are struggling to round up the 60 votes necessary to pass it.

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