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AEP Commits To More Than Double Wind, Solar Generation In Ohio

AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies.

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Play begins this morning at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, where the best golfers from around the world have gathered for the U.S. Open.

ESPN and NBC are sharing the broadcasting duties (click here for a schedule). There's also going to be some live video streamed here.

Words escape us on this one:

During season one of HBO's Games of Thrones series, "one of the many heads on a spike decorating King's Landing belonged to ex-president George Bush," the science and science fiction website io9 reports (fair warning: if you click on that link you'll see what we're talking about, and it's graphic).

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip from Tunisia to Cairo to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

He's also sharing with us here at The Salt what he's been eating.

Dear Salt,

The number of unemployed Americans who filed first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 6,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported this morning.

It says there were 386,000 first-time filings, up from a revised 380,000 (earlier, the agency had estimated there were 377,000 first-time clams in the week ended June 2).

Rulings by Egypt's highest court to dissolve the country's parliament and keep a former aide to Hosni Mubarak on the presidential runoff ballot have thrown that country's already shaky democracy into chaos.

Much is still unclear about what was happening.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast Desk that:

The attack helicopters heading to Syria from Russia likely aren't new purchases, The New York Times reports this morning.

Rather, they're "helicopters that Syria had sent to Russia a few months ago for routine repairs and refurbishing" that are now being returned, administration officials tell the Times.

Let's put the serious stuff aside for a moment to celebrate something fun.

San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain Wednesday night pitched the first perfect game in his team's 130-year history as the Giants beat the Houston Astros 10-0 in San Francisco.

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I cut most of my hair off eight weeks ago. And yes, I meant to do it. I love my new kinky curliness and now, as I walk down the street, I feel like I see natural hair — twists, coils, dreadlocks, afros — everywhere.

Tyler Saladino plays baseball in the minor leagues in Birmingham, Ala. A prospect in the Chicago White Sox system, he was sent to the AA Birmingham Barons after spending part of spring training with the major league club.

And when he arrived in Alabama, Saladino's first task was to find a place to live, as he tells Morning Edition's David Greene. He settled on sharing an apartment.

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Lots To Debate In This Week's Top Stories

Wednesday night the two major party candidates for Ohio governor, Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine, had their first of three scheduled debates before the November 6 election . Downticket races aren't receiving as much attention as the race for governor, but in November Ohio voters will also choose the next Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer.

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King Records Special

In celebration of King Records Month, WVXU presents A King Records Potpourri - Saturday at 11 PM and Sunday at 7 PM

Exploring Issues in Education

From APMReports, WVXU presents four weeks of documentaries that delve into issues facing the nation's educational system.

Democracy & Me for Educators

WVXU's Democracy & Me has FREE resources and a blog with ideas and information for Social Studies Teachers.

Howard Wilkinson's Latest

WVXU's politics reporter covers government at the local, state and national level, plus shares stories from his 40+ years on the campaign trail.

Looking Up

Space talk, the fun way, with Dean Regas & Anna Hehman.

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