CNN Radio News Day: October 12, 2012
The European Union flag flies among European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament.
October 12th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 12, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

 You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The European Union was awarded the 2012 Peace Prize on Friday. The honor for the EU comes as Europe remains deep in economic crisis, with nations often pitted against each other. Despite the current issues, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the EU's role in bringing healing and reconciliation to the continent. CNN anchor Johnathan Mann says that's the motivation behind this prize:

[2:45] "Europe was a slaughterhouse for centuries, and people forget that because it's so peaceful now. And that's an extraordinary achievement. That's the kind of achievement Alfred Nobel wanted to honor." FULL POST

The biggest election fight you’re missing
C.B. Pearson and the group, "Stand With Montanans," are pushing to keep the state's campaign finance laws as others fight just as hard against them.
October 12th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

The biggest election fight you’re missing

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Missoula, Montana (CNN) -– As the nation wrestles over who will occupy the White House for the next four years, Montana is in the midst of a fierce battle over 100 years worth of campaign finance law. And what happens in the Treasure State could set the tone for the future of campaign funding around the country.

On Election Day, voters in Montana will decide on a ballot initiative that would direct each of their elected officials to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would allow states to ban corporate funding of campaigns and set sharp limits on the money individuals can donate to candidates.

It is a test of government control over campaign spending versus corporate influence over candidates. FULL POST