Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities
11:00 am
Thu November 10, 2011

N.Y. Plant's Neighbors Expose Regulatory Gaps

John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 8:58 am

Part 4 of a four-part series, Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities

Jeani Thomson has been pleading with New York state officials for more than 30 years to protect her neighborhood from the foul-smelling "blue fog" that settles in her yard. She has long suspected the source is an industrial facility about a mile from her house called Tonawanda Coke.

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Thu November 10, 2011

In Parliament, James Murdoch Says He Didn't Know Extent Of Hacking

James Murduch, the son of Rupert Murdoch and his deputy CEO at News Corp., was defiant in his second appearance before British Parliament. Murdoch, whose company has been under fire after it was accused of hacking into the phones of royalty and victims of crime, said he did not know the extent of the illegal activity undertaken at his publications.

The New York Times reports:

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Author Interviews
9:51 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Bowling Green Doctor Authors New Book about His Experience as Vietnam Combat Surgeon

Bowling Green, Ky – In 1966, Jerry Martin was a 30 year old family doctor in Bowling Green. By that summer, he had been drafted into the Army has a combat medic. "Soldiers Saving Soldiers" is Dr. Martin's new book about the history and accomplishments of the 18th Surgical Hospital, the unit in which he served. The book contains over 500 photographs Martin took of the Vietnamese people, the countryside, and the US soldiers he operated on. He spoke to Kevin Willis ahead of Veteran's Day.

Shots - Health Blog
9:20 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Wal-Mart's Clarification On Health Care Leaves Room For Big Moves

After NPR and Kaiser Health News reported yesterday on Wal-Mart's plans to become a big provider of primary care in the U.S., the retailer said its document that served as an invitation to partners for the effort was "overwritten and incorrect."

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Regional
9:18 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Hotlines available for information on preventing elder financial abuse

Bowling Green, Ky – Toll free hotlines are now open in Kentucky for senior citizens who want to learn more about elder financial abuse. Dan Modlin reports on the service that's being provided Thursday, November 10.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Alabama County Bankruptcy Filing Is Biggest In U.S. History

Alabama's Jefferson County has filed for what is the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The county commission voted 4-1 in favor of seeking bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a debt-restructuring deal fell apart.

As The Birmingham News reports the history of the more than $4 billion in debt spans a decade and mostly involves a failed sewer construction deal fraught with corruption. Jefferson County is home to Birmingham, Alabama's largest city.

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Sports
10:06 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Penn State Abuse Scandal: A Guide And Timeline

Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (right) walks to the county courthouse on June 5, the first day of his trial on child sex abuse charges.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 11:14 am

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky was found guilty of sexual abuse, convicted of 45 out of 48 counts on Friday, June 22. He was accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period in a scandal that has rocked the university's community. Several alleged victims have testified in the trial, which began on June 11.

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Regional
8:55 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Governor Beshear Re-elected in Victory for Democrats

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is seen in an undated handout photo

Bowling Green, KY – Governor Steve Beshear was re-elected by a wide margin over challengers David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville, and Independent Gatewood Galbraith. The Governor led the ticket for Democrats, who won most of the statewide races. One notable exception was the office of Agriculture Commissioner. In that race, Republican James Comer soundly defeated Democrat Bob Farmer.

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Education
12:40 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Does New Orleans Welcome Disabled Students?

Noah Fisher, 10, and his full-time aide, Daniel Thomas, at Lafayette Academy, a charter school housed in a former district school building in New Orleans.
Larry Abramson NPR

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 6:56 pm

New Orleans has become the center of an education revolution, where more than 70 percent of students attend a charter school.

The number of students taught in traditional district-run schools is shrinking fast. That's because parents in post-Hurricane Katrina can pick and choose from a smorgasbord of schools with different approaches and cultures.

By many measures, this educational marketplace has improved student achievement. But as this experiment moves ahead, it's led to questions about whether the district is truly open to the most challenging students.

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Regional
10:52 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Federal Judge to Assume "Senior Status"

The Federal Courthouse in Bowling Green where Judge Russell has heard some high-profile cases.

Bowling Green, KY – Chief U-S District Judge Thomas B. Russell will assume "Senior Status" on November 15th. That status means the Federal Judge may work only part-time and won't occupy a specific seat on the bench. The 65 year-old Russell was appointed in 1994 and is based in Paducah. According to the Paducah Sun, Judge Russell says he plans to continue with a full caseload. He has heard cases in Paducah, Louisville, and Bowling Green in the past. Judge Joseph H. McKinley will succeed him as Chief Judge.

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