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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Report: Congress Got Richer In 2010

Roll Call, a newspaper that specializes on reporting from Capitol Hill, digs through the personal financial disclosure forms of elected officials every couple of years to look at trends in the aggregate.

In its analysis of this year's data, it found that "members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total..."

Roll Call reports:

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The Salt
9:47 am
Tue November 1, 2011

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 12:05 pm

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Tue November 1, 2011

U.N. Security Council Expresses Concern Over Weapons In Libya

The United Nations Security Council expressed concern over the security of the stockpile of weapons in Libya. It specifically worried that weapons — shoulder-fired missiles for example — left behind by the regime of Moammar Gadhafi could end up in the hands of Al-Qaida.

Reuters reports:

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Bank Of America Dropping Plan For $5 Monthly Debit-Card Fee

Bank of America just confirmed that it is dropping a plan to charge many of its debit-card customers $5 a month if they use them to make purchases.

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Around the Nation
8:52 am
Tue November 1, 2011

In Florida, Mentally Ill Suffer Abuse And Neglect

Officer Tom Merenda talks to John Fager, one of the dozens of residents living in an assisted-living facility in Cannon Point.
Kenny Malone for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 3:26 pm

As states have closed down mental hospitals, they've struggled to find housing for the mentally ill. In Florida, assisted-living facilities have become the de facto solution.

It takes just a high school diploma and 26 hours of training to run one of Florida's mental health assisted-living facilities — that's lower than the state requirements for becoming a beautician, a barber or even an auctioneer.

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