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CNN Radio News Day: October 2, 2012
Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel casts her ballot during early voting at the Wood County Court House October 2, 2012 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
October 2nd, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 2, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program that gives you informative, thoughtful and creative news stories Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • No photo ID will be necessary for voters in Pennsylvania this November.  That's the gist of a  much-anticipated ruling today from a state court judge who says officials can not enforce a new voter identification law in next month's presidential election.  Meantime, early voting began today in Ohio and in Florida absentee ballots are being sent out.  Ohio's Republican Secretary of  State, Jon Husted, says they're trying to make voting easy:

[2:50] “For the first time ever every single voter in the state received an absentee ballot request.  And, we expect on the first day of absentee voting that a million ballots will go out."

  • How much do you think it would cost the Department of Veterans Affairs to put on two human resources conferences in Orlando, Florida?  The answer: More than $6 million.  The Department's Inspector General found more than $700,000 of  that spending "wasteful and excessive."  We asked Congressman Jeff Miller,  Chairman of the House Veteran Affairs Committee, why this story of waste and abuse is not garnering the same attention  as an $800,000 conference held by the General Services Administration in 2010 that featured a clown and a mind reader:

[4:57] "I would imagine because there's been no photograph found yet of somebody sitting in a hot tub with a glass of champagne overlooking the Vegas strip."

  • And, California has become the first state to ban the use of mental health therapies to try to "straighten out" gay teens. CNN's Jim Rope reports on the new law that goes into effect January first and prohibits what are known as "reparative therapies.":

[15:32] "You can hear it in the word 'reparative'", says Michael Ferrera with the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles, "...the assumption when a clinician practicing this modality of therapy assumes that there is something wrong."

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