On Tuesday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  August 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM EDT

HOME SALES PLUMMET | Home sales fell by 27 percent in July, the biggest monthly drop since 1968. The overall decline was recorded nationwide and comes in spite of home buying incentives such as low mortgage rates and bargain sale prices in many areas. Jim Lehrer talks to professor Susan Wachter at the University of Pennsylvania, about what the declining home sales mean for the economic recovery.

STEM CELL RESEARCH FALLOUT | A federal judge issued a ruling to stop government-funded human embryonic stem cell research. Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the ban to ‘preserve the status quo’ that existed before President Obama expanded the guidelines last March. Judy Woodruff gets two views on the ruling.

PERCEPTIONS OF ISLAM IN AMERICA | Demonstrations on both sides of the debate over whether an Islamic community center should be built a couple of blocks from ground zero took place in lower Manhattan over the weekend. Gwen Ifill gets three views from Rev. Welton Gaddy of Interfaith Alliance, Professor Abdullahi An-na’im, and Cynthia Mahmood a senior fellow at the University of Notre Dame.

MIDWEST MUSEUM’S NEW SPIN ON ART AND NATURE | A museum in Indianapolis is attracting visitors inside and out. Jeffrey Brown reports on the Midwest museum that puts a new face on art and nature.

Tuesday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill. Hari Sreenivasan has the day’s other top news stories and look at the Web features. On Art Beat, we have more of Jeffrey Brown’s reporting on the Indianapolis Museum of Art. On The Rundown, read what David Chalian and his team have to say about Tuesday’s primary races. Also, a new study examines the role of oil-eating bacteria in the Gulf.

We hope you’ll join us.