Planet Money
3:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

I Applied For An Online Payday Loan. Here's What Happened Next

eTaxLoan.com

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:06 pm

Payday lenders made about $49 billion in high-interest loans last year. More than a third of those loans were made online. I wondered what happens when you apply for such a loan, so I decided to find out.

In the course of reporting a story earlier this year, I logged on to a site called eTaxLoan.com and filled out an application.

I asked for $500 and, to be safe, I made up an address, a name (Mary) and a Social Security number. The site asked for more sensitive stuff — a bank account number and a routing number — and I made that up, too.

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Sweetness And Light
3:02 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:01 am

Does a citizen of any country, not just the good ole U.S. of A., have an obligation to support its national teams? For goodness sake, it's just a game, not Horatius at the Bridge standing between us and national defeat.

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Law
3:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The Supreme Court invokes "God" before every public session. Now the justices will weigh whether it is different, as a legal matter, for government meetings to include more explicitly sectarian prayers.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."

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Music
2:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

No Instruments? For Pentatonix, It's No Problem

Pentatonix's album, PTX Vol. 2, is out now.
Brandon Lyon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:40 pm

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Election Recap & Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'

Part One: Election Recap. On Tuesday, Election Day, Charlotteans elected a new mayor, several city council members and new members to the school board. We'll find out who won, who lost and how the political makeup of Charlotte changed, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local Elections
11:33 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New CMS Board Members For West, South Mecklenburg

Twelve candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board will soon have two new people with the last name of Bailey. Matthews Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Bailey swept district six, which covers southern Mecklenburg county, receiving 60 percent of the vote.  He said voters wanted someone who is a good collaborator. 


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Local Elections
10:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Democrats Keep Firm Grip On Charlotte

Councilman Michael Barnes will likely be named mayor pro tem of Charlotte, after receiving the most votes in the race for Charlotte City Council's at-large seats.
Credit City of Charlotte

Democrats maintained their 9 to 2 majority on the Charlotte City Council last night and easily kept hold of the mayor's seat, with Patrick Cannon winning by five percentage points.  

There are several new faces, but mostly just a shuffling of seats on Charlotte's city council. Democrats still control the dais, with the longest-serving among them moving to the center spot as mayor. Patrick Cannon says his victory is the realization of a lifelong goal from the time he became the city's youngest councilman at age 26.  

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Politics
8:38 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Charlotte's New Mayor: Patrick Cannon

Credit City of Charlotte

Democrat Patrick Cannon won the mayoral race for Charlotte with 53 percent (50,768) of the vote. Republican Edwin Peacock had about 46.9 percent of the total votes with 44,922 votes. 

For the City Council at-large seats, the four with the most votes are all Democrats: Michael Barnes, Vi Lyles, David Howard and Claire Fallon. The top-vote getter in this race, Barnes, is now mayor pro tem. 

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Education
7:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

JCSU's Carter Pushes To Loosen Standards For Federal PLUS Loans

Congressman Mel Watt (D-12), talks about the "strange and marginal" connection between the mortgage foreclosures of 2008 and denial of Parent PLUS loans. "It was the housing meltdown that led to a number of these parents in a position where they did not qualify under the revised Parent PLUS standards," Watt says.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Johnson C. Smith University President Ron Carter is urging the Department of Education to reconsider changes to the Federal Parent PLUS loan. Carter blames those changes for the school's recent three million dollar budget cut.

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Law
5:59 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Love Triangle Case Puts Chemical Weapons Treaty To The Test

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 6:43 pm

At the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the subject for debate was the reach of the Constitution's treaty power. But the justices' questions covered subjects from sarin gas to Halloween trick-or-treating. And the facts of the case sounded more like a soap opera.

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