The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

LIVE BLOG: The National Bee Casts Its Spell

Sam Lowery, of Charlestown, Mass., spells his word in the air during Round 2 of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:45 am

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego has been crowned the champion in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her winning word was "guetapens," a French-derived word for "an ambush, snare or trap."

A very calm Snigdha beat eight other finalists, including her last competitor, Stuti Mishra, 14, of West Melbourne, Fla. Stuti got tripped up on the word "schwarmerei."

The winner got $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, $2,600 in reference works from the Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course.

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It's All Politics
5:43 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

John Edwards' Might've Walked But Trial Still A Warning For Politicians

Former Democratic U.S. Sen. John Edwards (center) and his daughter Cate Edwards leave the federal court Thursday.
Sara D. Davis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:48 pm

With a not guilty verdict on one count and the jury deadlocked on five others, it appears John Edwards' federal trial on campaign-finance charges ended with a whimper, certainly from the Justice Department's point of view.

At first blush, it can be argued that how the trial of the former U.S. senator from North Carolina ended may do little to deter politicians. They'll still be able to go forward and rake in money from supporters and, with some sleight of hand, spend that cash on practically anything.

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Law
5:29 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Mistrial Declared In John Edwards Corruption Case

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 9:58 pm

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Central Standard Friday
5:14 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Food Critics: Party Of 10+

inju flickr

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite places for taking a large group out to eat on a special occasion.

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The Salt
5:08 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming, Thanks To Chipotle

The antibiotic-free pigs roam freely on Niman Ranch in Iowa.
Sarah Willis courtesy Niman Ranch

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:12 pm

It's no longer just foodies at farm markets or Whole Foods buying antibiotic-free, pasture-raised meats.

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Government
5:06 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Property Tax Line Is Held In Johnson County Budget Plan

Johnson County KS. Budget Director Scott Neufeld outlines pay hike proposals for 2013.
Johnson County KS.

The Johnson County, Kan. Commission today began work on a proposed budget for fiscal 2013.  The initial spending plan totals nearly $811 million and holds the line on property taxes.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Brian Banks, Who Was Cleared Of Rape Conviction, Will Get Shot At NFL Tryout

A tear of relief: Brian Banks after his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday.
Nick Ut AP

Earlier this month, we told you the story of Brian Banks, who served five years in prison and then five years probation for a rape conviction that was thrown out.

As Mark wrote, he had to endure the "shame of being a registered sex offender and "not being able to get a job." And he thought his dream of playing in NFL was destroyed.

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Visual Arts
5:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Movement Of Construction Equipment

"Adaptation" at the Public Works complex in west Olathe, Kan.
Courtesy of the artist

Johnson County launched its one percent for art program in 2007. This means that one percent of the budget of a new major capital project is set aside for public art.

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Energy
4:51 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Gulf Refinery Expansion May Not Cut Gas Prices

Expanding the refinery at Port Arthur, Texas, took five years and $10 billion. The facility can now process 600,000 barrels a day.
Motiva Enterprises

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 6:44 pm

In Texas recently there was a grand opening for what is now the largest refinery in the U.S. Shell and Saudi Arabia's national oil company, Saudi Aramco, have more than doubled the capacity of their Port Arthur refinery.

The refinery business has been going through a tough period in recent years. Americans are buying less gasoline and other petroleum products — about 10 percent less than in 2005, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:11 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

More Americans Are Checking Prices Before Getting Health Care

How much will that cost, doc?
iStockphoto.com

Do you shop around for the best price on a visit to the doctor, a CT scan or surgery at a hospital? If so, it looks like you've got a little more company.

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