National Security
3:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Reporter Had To Decide If Snowden Leaks Were 'The Real Thing'

According to Barton Gellman, Edward Snowden (above) specifically asked journalists not to make all the documents he leaked available to the public.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 4:21 pm

Since the beginning of June, Barton Gellman has been reporting on classified intelligence documents given to him by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor. As a result of the Snowden leaks, Gellman and reporter Laura Poitras broke the story of the PRISM program, which mines data from nine U.S. Internet companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Facebook.

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1:06 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kalamazoo County workers to get first pay raise in four years

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County workers to get 1% raise, plus steps
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners had its first chance to review the 2014 budget Tuesday at its annual budget retreat. County administration is projecting an $83.2 million budget for 2014, about $400,000 more than the 2013 budget.
12:34 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks remembered in Kalamazoo

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Ceremony Wednesday at WMU, events planned for Wednesday evening in Bronson Park
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Army and Air Force cadets will be standing in a silent vigil, shifting out approximately every 30 minutes, until 4 p.m. at the flag pole in front of the Seibert Administration Building at the center of WMU's main campus to commemorate lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Politics
12:09 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Rand Paul On Syria: 'I Think There's Evil On Both Sides'

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
U.S. Senate Photographic Studio Rand Paul

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:21 pm

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and one of Congress' leading skeptics of U.S. military strategy, including possible strikes on Syria. On Tuesday, he offered a detailed response to President Obama's speech about the Syrian crisis. Paul joins Michel Martin of Tell Me More to talk about his opposition to military action, and what the U.S. should do.

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Around the Nation
12:09 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Do Americans Feel A Responsibility To Act In Syria?

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Books
12:09 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

'Buck' Tells Of Wild Childhood In 'Killadelphia'

Author MK Asante
Lee Steffen Spiegel & Grau

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 3:39 pm

Writer, hip-hop artist and filmmaker MK Asante's new memoir is called Buck. It's about growing up in North Philadelphia in the 1990s. Asante describes his adolescence as, "Me, unsupervised, with my brother gone, my dad gone, my mom gone, and me just on the block in the neighborhood, roaming the streets of Philly - just lost."

Buck captures Asante's transformation from a drug dealer and delinquent to a poet and professor.

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11:27 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Saginaw City Manager retires will become Emergency Financial Manager in Flint

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Darnell Earley was a candidate to become Kalamazoo City Manager earlier this year
SAGINAW, MI - After seven years serving as Saginaw's city manager, it appears that Darnell Earley will soon be leaving to take a new job serving as Flint's emergency manager. Gov. Rick Snyder plans to announce Earley's appointment to replace current Emergency Manager Mike Brown during a press conference in Flint Wednesday morning.
10:40 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Some Portage city workers to get first pay raise in four years

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Portage City Council approved agreement with employee union Tuesday night. Workers have also ratified it
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Some Portage city workers will be getting a pay raise for the first time in four years. Seventeen Portage Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Services employees represented by the United Auto Workers have a new two-year labor agreement with the city.
10:36 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Michigan House committee approves bill to impose sales tax on Internet purchases

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Michigan Treasury Department estimates that state will lose $290-million from uncollected sales taxes this year
Lansing - Online retailers such as Amazon.com and Overstock.com would be required to collect and remit sales taxes for Internet purchases from Michigan residents under legislation a House committee approved Wednesday. Without debate, the House Tax Policy Committee approved a two-bill package to close loopholes in the state's existing sales tax laws that allowed consumers to buy goods tax-free from out-of-state online retailers.
Politics
7:54 am
Wed September 11, 2013

U.S. Fleshes Out Russian Plan For Syria's Chemical Weapons

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

President Obama last night urged a strike on Syria that he is not yet ready to order and that the country seems unready to accept.

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Health Care
7:24 am
Wed September 11, 2013

WestSouthwest: Preparing for the Affordable Care Act

Laura Miller of New Hampshire hopes to purchase insurance through a health care exchange
Credit The Associated Press

Interview with Erin Knott

The group Enroll America wants people to be aware that changes are coming October first. 

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Congress
7:22 am
Wed September 11, 2013

WestSouthwest: Congressman Fred Upton

Rally against implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Upton would like the entire law delayed for a year
Credit The Associated Press

Interview with Fred Upton

Republican Representative Fred Upton says Congress has a "heavy plate" this fall. 

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Europe
7:14 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Authorities Discover Vodka Vending Machine

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We've told you about baguettes in France offered in vending machines and bars of gold in Abu Dhabi. Now we can report on a vending machine selling vodka in Ukraine. For a dollar, patrons could enjoy a shot in the town center of Melitopol, mixers also available - until the machine was discovered by authorities. Unlawfully produced vodka is widespread in Ukraine and the vodka vending machine - a converted coffee maker. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

September 11th
7:03 am
Wed September 11, 2013

2001 Terrorist attacks to be remembered at WMU

Memorial at Fort Custer National Cemetery - file photo
Credit WMUK

The terrorist attacks of 2001 will be remembered today at Western Michigan University. 

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Around the Nation
6:43 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Cave Explorers Find Wallet Lost 17 Years Ago

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Seventeen years ago, Joseph Sweet and a friend went into a cave in Watertown, New York and got lost inside. They grew so desperate for light that Mr. Sweet made little torches out of the only fuel he had, taking dollar bills from his wallet and setting them on fire. On top of everything else, he lost the wallet. He was finally rescued. And now, 17 years later, different cave explorers found the wallet, still with ID, and returned it.

6:42 am
Wed September 11, 2013

United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region sets $14.5-million goal for campaign

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Officials say smaller goal from last year doesn't mean its supporting fewer programs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region launched its 2014 fund-raising campaign Tuesday with a goal of $14.5 million. That is less than the $15.3 goal that was surpassed for 2013. But Michael Larson, president and chief executive officer of the organization, said each year's goal is selected after a lot of input from the community.
6:36 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Bill would allow adoption agencies to refuse placements based on religious, moral objections

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Proponents say bill promotes religious freedom, opponents call it state-sanctioned discrimination
LANSING - Adoption agencies could refuse to place children in homes based on religious or moral beliefs, according to a bill that will be considered by the state House on Wednesday.
6:11 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Cooper Township halts proposed commercial compost fertilizer business

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Township considers one year moratorium
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COOPER TOWNSHIP, MI - A proposed commercial compost facility has been nipped in Cooper Township after heavy opposition from local residents, who are skeptical of the nuisances the business would bring. The residents of Cooper Township began rallying against the proposed $1 million commercial compost site immediately after its CEO invited locals for a meeting about the business last month.
Education
4:26 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Getting College Credit For What You Already Know

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Maybe you're one of the millions of Americans who attended college but never had a chance to finish. And you have dozens or scores or hundreds of credits just sitting there that don't quite add up to a degree. The University of Wisconsin system has introduced an alternative way to finish your degree by earning credits based on what you already know. It's the so-called Flex Option.

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National Security
4:26 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Documents Show NSA Violated Court Restrictions

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

The National Security Agency violated special court restrictions on the use of a database of telephone calls, but the NSA says it fixed those problems. That's the bottom line from more documents declassified by the director of National Intelligence. The document dump is part of an effort to share more details about NSA surveillance activities that were uncovered by former government contractor Edward Snowden.

National Security
4:26 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Tech Visionary Focuses Now On Biological Weapons Threat

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 4:54 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Next, we'll introduce you to Nathan Myhrvold, who made his name as a prolific inventor at Microsoft. These days, he's focusing on a different kind of technological advance - the threat from biological weapons. Myhrvold is in Washington this week to meet with national security leaders, and try to convince them to spend time and energy on potential attacks. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

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Heavy Rotation
3:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

WEAA's Strictly Hip-Hop program is a big fan of North Carolina MC Rapsody.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 1:06 pm

Our September edition of Heavy Rotation features an African legend, an indie-folk orchestra from Portland, and a French band ready to catch on in America. But first, our panelists:

  • David Dye, host of WXPN's World Cafe
  • Anne Litt, a host on KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Kevin Cole, program director at KEXP in Seattle
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Around the Nation
3:26 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Four-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause

Lauren Henderson and her service dog, Phoebe, in Los Angeles. Henderson says she's seeing more dogs in vests that don't appear to be legitimate service dogs.
Lisa Napoli KCRW

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

Lauren Henderson goes everywhere with her service dog Phoebe — to the grocery store, Disneyland, the beach. For Henderson, who used to be paralyzed, her 100 pound, lumbering Saint Bernard is a necessity.

An actor who lives in Malibu, Calif., Henderson uses her dog for stability and balance. And if she falls, Phoebe helps pull her back on her feet.

"She's basically like a living walker," Henderson says.

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Sweetness And Light
3:25 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Diana Nyad's Accomplishment Makes America's Cup Look All Wet

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swims toward shore in Key West, Fla., on Sept. 2, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. She arrived at the beach about 53 hours after beginning her swim in Havana.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

For sportswriters the fattest target has always been the America's Cup. It's too easy. It's like all those political writers who make fun of vice presidents and think they're being original. Sportswriters have been going har-de-har-har about the America's Cup even long before one of their wags said it was like watching paint dry. Or like watching grass grow. One or the other. Maybe both.

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The Record
12:28 am
Wed September 11, 2013

What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like?

Cookie Marenco records musicians on a small remote recording console live at the California Audio Show in August. She'll demonstrate the quality of DSD to the audience by playing back her recording. How close will it sound to the live performance? Very close, according to people present.
Cindy Carpien

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 12:04 pm

Last week, Sony Corporation announced a new line of high-end audio components that promise to deliver a better online audio experience. The announcement comes amid growing evidence that music fans are tired of the crappy sound they hear on their portable music players. Case in point is the success of Cookie Marenco's business of selling super high-definition music downloads.

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All Tech Considered
6:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Key To Unlocking Your Phone? Give It The Finger(print)

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about fingerprint security features of the new iPhone 5s Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

The first note I sent out after Apple announced it was including a fingerprint scanner in the new iPhone 5s was to Charlie Miller.

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Around the Nation
6:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New HIV Cases Spotlight Adult Film Industry's Testing System

Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (left) at a press conference in February to introduce AB 332, a statewide bill to require condom use by adult film performers.
Bret Hartman AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:49 pm

Adult film production in California is now suspended after a number of performers tested positive for HIV. Four cases have been reported in the past few months, including one on Monday.

If ever there was an "I told you so moment" for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, it's now. The organization has been campaigning for condoms to be mandatory during porn shoots. Last year, it sponsored a measure in Los Angeles County to that effect, which voters approved.

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NPR Story
5:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:05 pm

The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years.

NPR Story
5:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

NASCAR Nastiness Results In Sport's Biggest Fine Ever

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:05 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Finally this hour, NASCAR nastiness. This past Saturday, one team appeared to pull out all the stops to rig a big race. One driver spun out his car, and another took an unnecessary pit stop. Both moves helped advance their teammate to the playoffs. NASCAR fined their team - Michael Waltrip Racing - $300,000, and suspended their general manager indefinitely.

Now, this is the biggest fine in NASCAR history, according to Nate Ryan. He's a senior motorsports reporter for USA Today Sports. He joins us from Charlotte, N.C. Hey there, Nate.

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Television
5:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

What The $@** Is Up On Cable These Days?

Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln), in between curses on AMC's The Walking Dead.
Gene Page AMC

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:11 pm

Seriously, if you were being attacked by zombies, you might yell out the word f- - -! But no one does on The Walking Dead. When it comes to language in this golden age of basic cable dramas, the rules are idiosyncratic and unclear.

"It's so arbitrary, hon," says Kurt Sutter. "It's just basically people in suits making up the rules."

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