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Sen. Durbin Wants Budget Showdown To End Quickly

The Senate is considering a bill to keep funding the federal government past next Tuesday. The measure was passed last week by the Republican-controlled House, and it includes language to defund the Affordable Care Act. To discuss what is the path forward, Steve Inskeep talks to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois.

New York State Tries To Safely Accommodate Texting Drivers

State officials have set up designated text stops along the New York State Thruway and other highways, where motorists can pull over to use their phones. Blue highway signs read: It can wait, text stop 5 miles.

Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown

If the "defund Obamacare" strategy leads to a shutdown that backfires on Republicans in a big way, Cruz may find a relative lack of Washington Republicans willing to provide him with much, if any, political cover.

Small Businesses: Big Concerns And High Hopes

The neighborhood hardware store, the cozy diner, the independent bookstore — they have seen customers leave in droves for Lowe's, Starbucks and After shrinking dramatically during the Great Recession, small businesses are starting to grow again. But they still face plenty of headwinds.

Obama To Appear Before U.N. General Assembly

President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning. He's expected to talk about the need to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons, and the potential for progress on Iran's nuclear program — among other topics.

Okla. Court: 'Baby Veronica' Should Go To Adoptive Parents

Veronica, a 4-year-old, part-Cherokee child, has been returned to her white adoptive parents. Her biological father had custody of the child for two years, but a series of courts ruled the adoption was legal.

Cuban Defector Yasiel Puig Ignites Los Angeles Dodgers

A couple of months ago the Dodgers were ranked last in their division — now they're Western Division champs on their way to the playoffs. A 22-year-old Cuban defector has been credited with sparking the team's come-back, No. 66, Yasiel Puig.

Chrysler Announces Initial Public Offering

The automaker's stock is set to go on sale to the public in mid-November. But that sale could be as much about brinksmanship as it is an IPO.

In Vermont, During Fall, Money Grows On Trees

Fall foliage, it's not just a bunch of pretty colored leaves. In some Northeastern states, it's key to the tourist trade between summer and winter. But the timing has to be just right to take advantage of the long Columbus Day weekend.

Sen. Cruz Battles To Regain Trust Of GOP House Members

Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the ire of House Republicans last week. They managed to get House leaders to agree to a plan to defund Obamacare. But after that, Cruz announced he wouldn't be able to move the idea in the Senate. Cruz now has to deal with the proposal as it comes to the Senate floor.