Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways.

Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post. Vedantam writes an occasional column for Slate called "Hidden Brain."

Cellphone Tracking
11:49 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Mo. law on cellphone tracking gets busy signal with lawsuit

(via Flickr/denharsh)

Remember that law which would make it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies? Well, it went into effect today, and there is already a lawsuit filed challenging it.

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It's All Politics
11:26 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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Illinois Gambling
9:47 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Quinn vetoes gambling bill, says it included 'loopholes for mobsters'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated. Reporting from WUIS' Rachel Otwell used in this story.

Updated 12:37 p.m. with reaction from Fairmount Park Race Track official

Updated 11:01 a.m. with additional comments from Illinois lawmakers and stakeholders.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a gambling bill on the grounds that it fell "well short of the standards of the people of Illinois."

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Ill. Gov to take action on gambling bill today

UPDATE: As of 9:25 a.m., Quinn has vetoed this bill.
Gov. Pat Quinn isn't giving any hints about what he'll do with a gambling bill that Illinois lawmakers sent to his desk. Today is the deadline for Quinn to take action on legislation that would establish five new casinos in the state. It would also allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.

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Edwardsville Schools
9:55 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Edwardsville School District approves new teachers contract, avoids strike

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The Edwardsville School Board approved a new contract with teachers tonight, ending talk of a potential strike. 

The new, two year deal gives teachers assurances that the district will take action if class sizes get too large, which was a key sticking point in the previous contract offer. 

And even though teacher pay is frozen for this year, teacher’s union president Dave Boedeker said he’s happy with the compromise.

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Crime
5:54 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Gun crimes increasing problem for St. Louis police

L-R Congressman William Lacy Clay, Mayor Slay, Police Chief Dan Isom
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Seeking to reassure the public that St. Louis City is taking action to curb a recent spate of gun-related crime, City Hall announced on Monday several measures designed to target problem neighborhoods.

Police Chief Dan Isom has isolated 12 focus neighborhoods, 8 of which are located in North St. Louis, 2 in central city and 2 in the south.

Starting last weekend Isom says he is also shifting work schedules to move officers from day to evening patrol.

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Missouri Laws
1:58 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow?

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Several new laws will take effect in Missouri tomorrow, including one that’s being challenged in federal court.

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12:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Missouri GOP delegates gather in storm-lashed Tampa, await delayed convention's start

Lead in text: 
The St. Louis Beacon's Robert Koenig reports on how the Show-Me state's delegation to the Republican National Convention has spent their time there so far.
Through it all, Missouri’s 101 GOP delegates and alternates – minus a few stuck in transit from St. Louis – were upbeat Sunday about the rain-delayed convention, prospects for the Romney-Ryan ticket, and the possibility of having some fun despite the storms around them.
Republican National Convention
12:49 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ill. RNC delegates waiting out Isaac storm with state politicking

Mimosas at the hotel where Illinois delegates for the Republican National Convention are staying this week.
(Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio)

Tropical Storm Isaac has dismantled Illinois Republican’s convention plans. With national convention events canceled, they're no longer spending Monday nominating Mitt Romney as their candidate for president. That leaves an opportunity for them to focus on state politics.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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