Business
11:13 am
Fri December 20, 2013

U.S. Economy's 3rd-Quarter Growth Beats Projections

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NPR's business news begins with some good news on the economic front.

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GREENE: The U.S. economy grew by 4.1 percent in the third quarter of the year, and that's significantly higher than the earlier projection of 3.6 percent. The upward revision comes mostly thanks to stronger consumer spending, and it is the fastest jump in growth in almost two years. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

9:14 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Vice Mayor David Anderson spent more than other Kalamazoo Commission candidates

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Incumbents spent more than 2.5-times than challengers
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell led spending in the Kalamazoo City Commission race for the Nov. 5 election, narrowly outspending his running mate, Vice Mayor David Anderson. Hopewell spent a total of $21,304 in his campaign, according to pre- and post-election campaign finance reports filed in the Kalamazoo County Clerk's office.
Juvenile crime
8:23 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kalamazoo Gazette explores drop in juvenile crime in Kalamazoo County

The Kalamazoo Gazette series doesn't find concrete evidence that the Kalamazoo Promise has led to a drop in juvenile crime
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Around the Nation
7:43 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Overturned Truck Spills Holiday Hams

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:13 am

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Good morning, I'm David Greene. We hope you don't think we ham it up too much on this show, but apologies for this morning's traffic report here at the bottom of the hour. Let's get an update on that interstate ramp outside Atlanta. It was clogged yesterday, not with cars, but ham - 40,000 pounds of it. A semi truck hauling the ham overturned, spilling pork and fuel everywhere. Fortunately the driver was not hurt but that's a lot of wasted holiday ham, unless you like it with a side of diesel.

Latin America
7:43 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Cuba Loosens Restrictions On Buying New Cars

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:13 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Visitors to Cuba describe a journey back in time. The government of the Castro brothers restrained the auto market, leaving ancient cars on the streets, many made in the U.S. But the market is loosening.

6:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Public hearings set in Berrien County to consider ban on pier jumping

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Berrien County runs Silver Beach County Park, federal government owns piers and bulkheads forming the north and south piers for Saint Joseph Harbor
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County commissioners will take public comment early next year on a proposed ordinance to ban pier diving and jumping, except for emergency rescues. Commissioners on Thursday set a public hearing for Thursday, Jan. 9
Media
4:57 am
Fri December 20, 2013

We Say Goodbye To Some NPR Colleagues

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:13 am

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And there's more than a touch of sadness for us in this next story. We're saying good-bye to two of NPR's finest voices.

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JEAN COCHRAN, BYLINE: From NPR News in Washington, I'm Jean Cochran.

PAUL BROWN, BYLINE: I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.

GREENE: For years now Paul and Jean have brought you the first draft of history.

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And now we have news - it's the last day for both.

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4:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Hershey Buys Chinese Chocolate Company For $584 Million

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:13 am

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Nothing like a story about pizza to make you hungry. And then we bring you this, our last word in business, which is: Shanghai Golden Monkey. That's the Chinese candy maker that Hershey bought yesterday for almost $600 million.

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Hershey is not monkeying around. It may hold the largest share of the U.S. chocolate market, but only a small share of candy sales overseas.

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4:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' Attracts Christian Conservatives

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:13 am

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Fans of "Duck Dynasty" know this. It is a popular reality TV show about a family that found success selling products to hunters. Well, now the patriarch of the family has been suspended indefinitely from the show; this is after he made remarks about homosexuality to GQ magazine. The show is a huge hit for the A&E cable channel, spawning a multimillion dollar industry of related products and books. NPR's Lynn Neary has this look at the family and where they might be headed.

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4:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Minister Defrocked Over Officiating Gay Wedding Will Appeal

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 3:12 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. On Thursday the United Methodist Church defrocked a Pennsylvania pastor who's presided at the wedding of his gay son. That wedding was back in 2007. The pastor is appealing the decision in his church trial, which has become a parable for the divisions in a church with more than eight million members across the United States. From member-station WHYY in Philadelphia, Emma Jacobs reports.

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4:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Russian Amnesty Decision Made Before Start Of Winter Olympics

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:13 am

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Russia has been drawing criticism for its handling of gay rights as that country prepares to host the Winter Olympics. A recent Russian law criminalizes what it calls gay propaganda. It's so broadly written, many gay people fear they could face charges for just living their lives. This week, Russia addressed some human rights issues. It granted amnesty for thousands of prisoners, including two women in the band Pussy Riot.

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Food and Drink
7:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Canning beer: The new trend in craft brewing

Brewery Vivant's stored cans and kegs of beer
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At the Bell's Brewery facility in Comstock, Bell's is putting the finishing touches on a new canning facility. Jeff Carter is the facilities manager for Bell's. He says the brewery hopes to start canning its most popular seasonal beer, Oberon, by next summer.

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Religion & Culture
7:51 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Be part of pagan traditions at the Winter Solstice celebration

The 2001 Winter Solstice altar at People's Church in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Diane Melvin

Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. To celebrate, People’s Church of Kalamazoo will do a solstice ritual based on pagan traditions. The event is Friday night at 7 p.m., with a potluck at 6 p.m.

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6:51 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Enbridge suspends dredging at River Oaks Park

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Enbridge says operations will resume in spring
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COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Enbridge, Inc. has suspended its dredging operations at Morrow Lake until spring, a company spokesman said Thursday. Jason Manshum, senior advisor of community relations for Enbridge, said Enbridge ceased all of its dredging operations along the Kalamazoo River on Dec. 10.
6:47 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

U.S Senate candidate Peters gets endorsement from Kalamazoo County Sheriff, Prosecutor, Drain Commissioner

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Detroit area Congressman makes stop in Kalamazoo Thursday
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KALAMAZOO, MI -- Three Kalamazoo County governmental officials have endorsed U.S. Rep. Gary Peters for U.S. Senate. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Ric Fuller, Prosecutor Jeff Getting and Drain Commissioner Pat Crowley gave their support to Peters during his stop in Kalamazoo Thursday.
All Tech Considered
5:44 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

A lettuce thinner created by an agricultural tech startup uses cameras and sensors to thin lettuce rows. Salinas, Calif., has hired a venture capital fund to help it attract other high-tech agricultural companies to the area.
Courtesy of Foothill Packing Inc.

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 8:46 pm

Salinas is just one hour south of California's Silicon Valley, but generations behind when it comes to technology. Many of its sprawling lettuce farms are stuck in the era of rakes and hoes.

City officials are hoping to change that — and also spur some job growth — by investing in high-tech agriculture.

At Taylor Farms in Salinas, Andrew Fernandez, the company's vice president of product, is stepping on heads of crunchy romaine lettuce, making his way over to a very big tractor. It's a water jet knife machine, and it's on the cutting edge of lettuce farming technology.

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Around the Nation
5:42 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert

A view of a B-52 about to have its tail section cut at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz.
Ted Robbins NPR

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 6:16 pm

A relic of the Cold War met its end on Thursday. The Air Force destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

How The Government Spent $2 Billion Paying Workers To Not Work

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 5:42 pm

Two billion — that's the number of dollars the federal government lost during the partial government shutdown, paying furloughed employees not to work.

NPR Story
4:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lawmaker Retirement Season Starts Ahead Of 2014 Midterm Elections

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 5:42 pm

It's the start of retirement season in the House as members head home after a long, difficult year. Three House members — two Republicans and a Democrat — announced their retirements from Congress this week, ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Around the Nation
4:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

One Ohio Mall Store Offers Nothing For Sale, Just Faith And Cheer

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 5:42 pm

Christmas is less than a week away and shoppers continue their quest for the perfect gift at the perfect price. But at one shop in a southwest Ohio mall, Roman Catholic friars are offering their presence for free.

Movie Interviews
1:09 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate reprise their roles as competing news anchors in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Gemma LaMana Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 2:43 pm

Way back in the 2004 film Anchorman, Ron Burgundy was a local TV-news host in '70s San Diego. Fast-forward to this year's sequel, and that epic haircut is national news: Set in 1980, Anchorman 2 follows Will Ferrell's vain, shallow character as he graduates to a CNN-style cable news network.

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1:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor Snyder calls for reducing Michigan's reliance on coal, increasing renewable energy

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Environmental groups give plan mixed reviews
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder set a broad vision for Michigan's energy policy that involves a more flexible range of renewable energy goals to be achieved by 2025. The Republican governor on Thursday held a roundtable discussion in Detroit to outline his thoughts following a one-year study of Michigan's energy landscape and policy.
Africa
12:26 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Rusty Radiator Awards Spoof 'Save Africa' Charities

Last Christmas, the spoof charity Radi-Aid released a music video to challenge perceptions of "saving Africa." This year, they're calling out charity ads they see as harmful, and celebrating helpful ads. Host Michel Martin learns more from blogger Teddy Ruge, a member of the Rusty Radiator awards committee.

Economy
12:25 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Why Congress Didn't Extend Unemployment Benefits

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Food
12:25 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Pat Neely Shares Holiday Comfort Food Ideas

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NPR Story
12:11 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Target Warns Customers After Card Security Breach

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NPR's business news begins with Target customers who are being targeted.

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GREENE: OK. If you did any holiday shopping at Target recently, you might want to take a careful look at your credit and debit card statements. The company has confirmed that up to 40 million customers could be affected by a major credit card data breach. NPR's Elise Hu has been following the story, and joins us in the studio. And, Elise, who's affected by this?

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11:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Kalamazoo City Manager names two deputies

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Appointments are first made by new city manager Jim Ritsema
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema has named two deputy city managers to round out his office. Ritsema announced Thursday that Jeff Chamberlain and Patsy Moore will be his deputy city managers. Chamberlain, currently director of the city's Department of Community Planning and Development, will be promoted to deputy city manager in charge of strategic planning and administration.
11:28 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Holland reaches settlement on air permit lawsuit

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Total of $450,000 will be paid to settle lawsuit filed by Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council
After five years of negotiations, the city of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works have come to a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council over an air permit for the city's coal-fired power plant."

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