Weekend News Update
10:43 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Davidson County Death Is Latest In Meningitis Outbreak

North Carolina health officials say a person from Davidson County is the latest to die in a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. State health director Laura Gerald would not identify the person Saturday, but confirmed that the N.C. victim was the 23rd to die nationwide.

On Sunday, the woman's family identified her as 77-year-old Elwina Shaw of Denton. Family membersĀ told reporters she was sick with debilitating headaches for more than a month before health officials realized what was wrong.

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Remembrances
10:19 am
Sun October 21, 2012

McGovern Legacy Offers More Than A Lost Presidency

McGovern listens to a constituent in 1974.
Jim Mone AP

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:03 am

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Remembrances
8:06 am
Sun October 21, 2012

McGovern's Candidacy Inspired New Wave Of Voters

Former Sen. George McGovern (D-S.C.) accepts the Democratic nomination for president at the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla.
AP

Former Sen. George McGovern, the liberal senator from conservative South Dakota, died on Sunday. He was 90 years old.

McGovern lost the 1972 presidential race to Richard Nixon by a landslide, carrying only Massachusetts. But his candidacy and opposition to the Vietnam War were embraced by a new generation of voters.

The defining moments in McGovern's life included not only winning the Democratic nomination for president in 1972, and not just the dismal loss to Nixon that followed, but also safely landing an airplane that the German army had tried to blow out of the sky.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Sun October 21, 2012

AP: Sen. George McGovern Dies

Former presidential nominee and Sen. George McGovern.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 8:08 am

Sen. George McGovern, who lost the 1972 presidential bid to Richard Nixon yet inspired a new generation of voters, has died. He was 90.

A family spokesman told the AP that McGovern died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by family and friends.

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Economy
7:18 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Working It: Living Between Hope And Hardship

Many Americans face a demoralizing battle to find and keep a job.
Kim Green for NPR

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 10:32 am

Most of us know someone who's had a hard time finding or keeping a job over the past few years. It's an experience that often leaves people feeling defeated and demoralized. In Weekend Edition Sunday's Working It series, hear audio portraits of people whose daily lives are filled with uncertainty.

Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America. She has also served as a foreign correspondent in Germany, for both the VOA and Marketplace, public radio's business news program. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. In 2006, Nina was honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her investigative reporting on VPR.

Rachel Martin is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday.

Sports
6:32 am
Sun October 21, 2012

On Your Mark, Ready, Set ... Golf!

In speed golf, players run between holes carrying their clubs and often finish an 18-hole round in less than an hour.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:03 am

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Sports
6:32 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Sports Chat: Will Armstrong Fans Continue Support?

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:03 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIFE IS A BALL GAME")

SISTER WYNONNA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game, being played each day...

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