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Huntsville Utilities is sending employees north to help with the superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

The city-owned utility is talking with organizations that coordinate power restoration following major storms to determine where the local workers are needed most.

Utility spokesman Bill Yell says two three-person bucket crews and a three-person pole-setting crew will be heading out to help, most likely in the Washington, D.C., area.

As they drive north Wednesday, the crews will have to go around heavy snow in the North Carolina and Virginia mountains.

The center of Superstorm Sandy passed less than 25 miles from Philadelphia. In most cases that would mean that the city of brotherly love would have been whipped with the strongest of winds from the weather system.

But Philly, the country's fifth-largest city, emerged today fairly unscathed.

With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.

But here's a question: Could the trail of devastation left by the storm in a part of the nation whose states are generally colored blue in presidential races depress turnout in those states, especially among Democrats?

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I'm Audie Cornish. And we begin this hour with Sandy by the numbers. At least 39 people on the East Coast have died, as a result of the massive storm.

Sandy Leaves A Mess In Lower Manhattan

Oct 30, 2012

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Homeowners, businesses, and insurance companies are still assessing the damage from the storm in much of the eastern U.S. But some early estimates are in.

And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, Hurricane Sandy inflicted heavy economic damage.

It's not easy to get around the back roads of West Virginia right now. Our four-wheel drive couldn't make it up the hill to David Arnold's place near Fayetteville, so he came down to get us in his Chevy Tahoe.

We spin through the snow, through archways made of broken tree branches. The drive is worth the effort; Arnold runs a whitewater rafting business, and he lives right on the edge of the New River gorge.

From his back porch, we can look 900 feet down to the river or 3,000 feet straight across, through falling snow to the other side. It's just gorgeous.

Paid In America: The Road To The Middle

Oct 30, 2012

As the presidential campaign has unfolded, the candidates have traded polemics about wealth, class warfare, taxes, dependency and the role of government.

And while it may be uncomfortable to admit, some Americans are simply more financially successful than others. But why do some achieve wealth, while others struggle? Why does one woman make it to the executive suite, while another man drives a taxi? And what do we think explains our prosperity — or lack thereof?

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Jazz multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, who died at 88 in December 2011, recorded with many trios in the 1970s. But his most celebrated trio was barely recorded at all. In 2007, it played a reunion concert — its first in 26 years.

Fanboys and -girls, get ready to celebrate – or be disappointed: Disney announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4 billion, and continue the Star Wars franchise with the first of new series of films in 2015.

Sandy Brings Blizzard Conditions To W.Va.

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School children in Alabama and across the country are encouraged to branch out from their normal group of friends and sit with somebody different at lunch.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's teaching tolerance project is sponsoring Mix It Up at Lunch Day Tuesday to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and sit with someone with whom they wouldn't normally socialize.

At least 90 schools in Alabama are participating in the program.

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"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

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American Red Cross officials say the agency's Alabama region has sent five emergency response vehicles to help with mobile feeding and bulk distribution of relief supplies due to Hurricane Sandy.

The Red Cross said in a statement that three more ERVs were scheduled to leave Monday or Tuesday for areas in the path of the storm. So far, 16 volunteers from Alabama have been deployed to assist with Hurricane Sandy response efforts, with more on standby.

Nationwide, the Red Cross said hundreds of people have already sought shelter at Red Cross shelters along the East Coast.

They Came To Nashville

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“They Came to Nashville”

Author: Marshall Chapman, with a Foreword by Peter Guralnik

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Marshall Chapman, Nashville singer-songwriter, is now the author of about 400 songs and has cut 12 albums at last count.

Her songs have been recorded by musicians ranging from Conway Twitty to EmmyLou Harris to Jimmy Buffett.

She was an unlikely country star. Far from being a coal miner’s daughter, Chapman was a mill owner’s daughter, a debutante from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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“The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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Price: $27.50 (Cloth)

Ace Atkins has been working harder than ever, simultaneously writing two detective/action series. He was chosen to write the Spenser novels after the death of Robert B. Parker and in 2011 began the Quinn Colson series with “The Ranger.”

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“The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir”

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A few writers, even in mid-career, will deny that they read anything much. Faulkner denied, disingenuously, that he had read Joyce’s “Ulysses,” for example, probably for fear readers would feel he had been unduly influenced by Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness experiments.

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"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

Authorities say more than 500 power workers from Alabama are heading north along the East Coast to help restore power as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.

Alabama Power Co. spokesman Mike Jordan says the company mobilized a force of 365 people Friday and those workers were scheduled to be in the Washington, D.C. area by Sunday.

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The Freedom Rides Museum in the old Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery has been selected for a national historic preservation award.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is presenting the award Friday in Spokane, Wash. It recognizes the groups behind the museum: the U.S. General Services Administration, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Greyhound Bus Station Advisory Committee and the U.S. Middle District Court of Alabama.

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Some animal shelters in Alabama say they're not offering black cats for adoption this week because of fears they'll be abused during Halloween.

Colbert County animal control director Tommy Morson tells the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/VwW84A) his agency won't adopt black cats the week of Halloween. He calls it an unwritten policy.

Florence animal control officer Delbert Rhodes says workers at the city shelter sometimes keep black cats in the back of the facility, away from public view, during this season.

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform in Alabama this week.

The Cuban group will play at the 1,100-seat Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday during its first tour of the United States and Canada.

The 75-member orchestra has been traveling the United States by bus since Oct. 16. It's playing in other cities including Chicago, New York and Kansas City, Mo.

Bowhunters can begin killing deer in Alabama's largest state park this week in a program designed to reduce the number of the animals living on the suburban acreage.

The hunt begins Thursday at Oak Mountain State Park, located in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham.

Limited numbers of hunters will be allowed in parts of the park through Jan. 31, but only on weekdays with the exception of three weekends in January.

Golfers, bikers, hikers and others will still be allowed to use the 10,000-square-foot park during the hunt.

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Alabama is still waiting on more than $70 million in payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency linked to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.

The state is eligible for and expecting $185 million in all. But Faulkner says the payment process can take a while on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed by twisters.

Faulkner says more payments are coming.

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A Virginia company is suing the city of Selma and its police chief over the stoppage of work on a Confederate memorial in a Selma cemetery.

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The Birmingham Civil Rights institute has received a $100,000 donation to help it mark next year's 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, marches and boycotts that brought national attention to segregation in 1963.

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Dogs with a knack for sniffing out items are gathered in Alabama this weekend for an unusual event.

Dog handlers and their animals will be in Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday for the first K9 Nose Work trials held in the Southeast.

Such events were started by the National Association of Canine Scent Work as a way to highlight dogs' detection abilities.

Dozens of teams will participate in a competition where the animals find certain odors hidden in cars, containers and outdoor spaces.

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As we celebrate a holiday that usually means a lot of fun and maybe even some excitement for us humans, remember that our pets may not be quite as enthusiastic about the festivities.

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