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Friday, October 04, 2013

Certified Nurse Assistant Cynthia Johnson checks on a patient. Still from the documentary "The Waiting Room." (flickr)

Small Businesses Feel Economic Impact of Shutdown | DOJ Sues North Carolina Over New Voting Law | Movie Date: 'Gravity,' 'Runner Runner,' 'Parkland' | What Would Really Happen if You Floated Into Space? | Republican Vs. Republican in Ohio's Medicaid Expansion Fight | Educating America's Waiting Rooms on the Affordable Care Act 

Small Businesses On the Impact of the Shutdown

The economic consequences of the government shutdown are being felt by small businesses across the country. The closing of parks, national attractions and amenities, plus the ripple of effect of 800,000 national employees staying home from work this week, is hitting a lot of small businesses pretty hard. We've invited some of these small business owners on to talk about the economic impact they're feeling this week.

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POLL: How Long Do You Think the Government Shutdown Will Last?

The government shutdown has become a political soap opera. Americans watch as the blame game between Democrats and Republicans rages on. But with 800,000 government workers furloughed, the consequences are serious. President Barack Obama is standing his ground. So are House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. So The Takeaway wants to know: How long do you think it will be before the Congressional the curtains close on this shutdown? Take our online poll and have your voice heard.

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DOJ Sues North Carolina Over New Voting Law

This week, the United States Department of Justice sued North Carolina over the state's restrictive new voting law. Among other things, the law requires voters to use special government IDs, cuts back on early voting, and eliminates same day voter registration. Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina and Kareem Crayton is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina law school.

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Movie Date: 'Gravity,' 'Runner Runner,' 'Parkland'

This week has seemed like a movie at points, albeit a very long one with no predictable resolution. But our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in on the actual movies coming out this week. Together they review "Gravity," "Runner Runner," and "Parkland."

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What Really Happens if You Float Away In Space?

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's highly anticipated sci-fi thriller finally hits theaters this week. Featuring the lone actors, "Gravity" is about astronauts marooned in space after an accident damages their shuttle. But what really happens when an astronaut floats off into space? Erik Sofge is a contributing writer to Popular Mechanics and has extensively researched space suits and survival.

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Republican Vs. Republican in Ohio's Medicaid Expansion Fight

Republican Governor John Kasich finds himself at war with his GOP-dominated legislature over Medicaid expansion. Takeaway listener and Athens, Ohio resident Amy Farnsworth hopes her legislature will come around on Medicaid expansion. She explains why her healthcare depends on the expansion in Ohio.

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Educating America's Waiting Rooms on the Affordable Care Act

Peter Nicks is the the director of "The Waiting Room," a documentary film and social media project that follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Through his project, he met Warren Steptore, who was uninsured and suffering from dental issues. Warren is covered by the V.A., but because there isn't one close to him he often resorts to the ER for treatment.

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