Energy
5:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Will Obama Administration Clear Keystone XL Pipeline?

TransCanada already has begun construction on a southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since it doesn't cross the U.S.-Canadian border, it doesn't require approval from the State Department and President Obama.
Sarah A. Miller AP

The future of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is in the hands of the State Department. President Obama rejected a similar pipeline proposal last year, but now that Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved an alternative route through his state, the approval process is back on track.

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Music Reviews
5:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Two Decades On, Vusi Mahlasela Still Sings 'To The People'

Vusi Mahlasela's new album, a live recording of his 20th-anniversary show in Johannesburg, is titled Sing to the People.
Erik Forster Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:36 pm

South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela came of age during the 1970s, an era dominated by the violent student uprising in Soweto. From the start, his musical expression has been about love and hope for his country. His songs play as anthems of South Africa's rise from apartheid to democracy and have helped earn him the nickname "The Voice."

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Arts & More
4:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New Play Festival helps local playwrights examine their work

Credit Theatre Kalamazoo

Hear about the Third Annual New Play Festival

The New Play Festival January 25 and 26 features ten plays written by Kalamazoo playwrights.

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It's All Politics
4:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

At Winter Gathering, GOP Asks: Where Do We Go From Here?

Reince Priebus, shown at the Republican National Convention in August, says Republicans need to "grow our party without compromising our principles."
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:22 pm

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Culture
4:27 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Jewish holiday Tu B'shvat, 'New Year for the Trees'

Isreali children plant trees in the Gaza Strip before Tu B’shvat in 2005.
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Hear more about Tu B'shvat from Rabbi Harvey Spivak

Holidays change. Halloween wasn’t always about getting candy and the first Thanksgiving probably didn’t involve watching football.  Saturday is Tu B’shvat, or ‘New Year for the Trees,’a minor Jewish holiday that’s changed at least three times.

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U.S.
4:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New York Murder Rate Plummets, But Who Should Get The Credit?

A New York City police academy graduation ceremony on Dec. 28, 2012, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the New York murder rate has hit an all-time low. While some point to the NYPD's policing tactics to explain the decline, others say economic and demographic shifts are also at work.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 8:16 pm

By most measures, New York City is safer than it's been in a half-century. The city recorded just 418 murders in 2012 — the lowest total since record keeping began in the early 1960s. But there's some debate about where to place the credit for that drop.

No part of New York saw a more dramatic decline in murders last year than the 61st Precinct in South Brooklyn. Two years ago, there were 14 murders in the precinct. Last year, it had only three.

'More Cops, More Safety,' Says One Resident

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Roe v. Wade at 40: A Look at Its Legacy

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 2:27 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

We didn't have a chance on Monday to get to our opinion page, so now a special Thursday edition of the opinion page. This week marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision. In a recent piece for The New York Times, that newspaper's former Supreme Court correspondent, Linda Greenhouse, wrote that the ruling that legalized abortion across the entire country was much more about the rights of doctors than the rights of women.

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Changing Nature of American Diplomacy

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:18 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Later this hour, we'll talk about women in combat. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today that the Pentagon will lift the military ban on women serving in combat roles. So we want to hear from women in the Armed Forces. What changes now?

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

A Closer Look at Women In Combat

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:39 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced he will lift rules that barred women from service in units likely to find themselves in combat on the ground.

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Self That's Left When Memories Fade

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:41 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In a piece in The Atlantic, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin describes the day a teacher, a famous neuropsychologist, told the class that his colleague, a close friend, had just called him to say he had a brain tumor, would gradually lose his memory and, the teacher said, would soon no longer understand who he was.

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Author Interviews
12:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

The Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 28, 2011.
AK2 iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 6:50 am

In the introduction to his new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright writes, "Scientology plays an outsize role in the cast of new religions that have arisen in the 20th century and survived into the 21st."

The book is a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. A recent ad for Scientology claims to welcome 4.4 million new converts each year.

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Middle East
11:53 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Politics And Kim Kardashian's Business In Bahrain

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

President Obama is just beginning his second term in office and we've been looking at some of the unresolved issues and unfinished business from his first four years. This week, we're turning our attention to foreign policy. Yesterday, we talked about the conflict in Syria. Today, we want to focus on another country where the Arab Spring uprising was not successful. It's a small island that often does not get a lot of attention, but plays an important geopolitical role in the Middle East. We're talking about Bahrain.

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Television
11:53 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Is Honey Boo Boo Hazardous?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I have some thoughts about that strange story involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o and the girlfriend who actually didn't exist. It's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's in just a few minutes.

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Politics
11:53 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Women In Combat: Why Now?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, first lady Michelle Obama has taken on issues like childhood obesity and support for military families in the first term, but some feminists argue she should be doing more. We'll look at the politics of being first lady in just a few minutes.

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11:07 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Audit finds state agency did poor job monitoring low-tax zones

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Auditor General report says claims that the program generated more than 12,000 jobs can't be verified.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has done a poor job of tracking the economic impact of the state's low-tax renaissance zones, where businesses sometimes receive tax breaks 'while providing little or no employment and economic impact to the state,' Auditor General Thomas McTavish said in a report released Wednesday.
11:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Low water levels raise concerns ahead of boating season

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Officials say planned dredging will improve the situation, but more precipitation would help more.
ST. JOSEPH - This year's recreational boating season could be disappointing without a rise in the water level on the St. Joseph River.
Kenyan elections
10:22 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Paw Paw couple arrives in Kenya, prepares to help monitor elections

Lumakanda, Kenya
Credit Joe and Kathy Ossman's blog

A Paw Paw couple has arrived in Kenya where they will be helping to monitor elections. Joe and Kathy Ossman arrived safely in Lumakanda, according to their blog

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8:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

How Michigan ranks in school spending

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Center for Michigan's Bridge Magazine continues its look at education issues by examining how much money goes to education, and how it is spent.
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  • | Via: Center for Michigan
(courtesy photo/used under Creative Commons license) By Chris Andrews/Bridge Magazine contributor Michigan will spend about $13 billion on K-12 education this year - the single largest use of state revenue. And how those sums will get spent next year and beyond will consume a considerable amount of attention at the Capitol, where views on running schools can be deeply divided.
7:42 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Injunction denied against marijuana decriminalization law in Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids voters approved initiative in November that makes marijuana possession a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor crime.
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  • | Via: Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A judge has rejected a motion for preliminary injunction against a voter initiative that decriminalizes marijuana in Grand Rapids. The decision, issued Wednesday, Jan. 23, by Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan, allows the city to implement the charter amendment decriminalizing marijuana pending final resolution of the case or other court orders.
Asia
7:31 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Ramen Bowl Offers Built-In iPhone Dock

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renée Montagne with a new invention for the lonely diner - a ramen bowl with a built-in iPhone dock. Eating the popular noodle dish normally requires two hands - one for chopsticks, the other for a spoon. Designers at a Taiwanese company noticed a guy trying to do that while juggling his cell phone. So they came up with a way to slurp it up while watching videos or reading emails hands free.

One flaw - no splash guard for the brothy dish. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Sports
7:23 am
Thu January 24, 2013

NFL's Frank Gore Fined For Dress Code Violation

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers had a terrible NFC championship game. Sure, he ran for two touchdowns. And yes, his team came back to win and made it to the Super Bowl. But pro football officials noticed his socks were sagging. It was his second dress code violation of the season and they fined him $10,500. Imagine what your bank account would like if your mom could do that to you.

You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

WMU sports
6:57 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Women's Basketball: Western Michigan 54 Northern Illinois 51

Credit WMUK

Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois Wednesday night in DeKalb, Il 54-51. The Broncos are 6-12 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference. 

National Security
6:45 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Women In Combat Ban To Be Lifted

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a momentous Thursday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

We're expecting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to make an announcement today. From now on, women will formally be allowed to serve in ground combat.

INSKEEP: To sense just how dramatic this change is, consider how many other milestones the military passed before reaching this one. The move for women comes 65 years after the Armed Forces ended racial segregation.

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6:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Men's basketball: Western Michigan 63 Eastern Michigan 59

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The win puts the Broncos in sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Western Michigan University basketball team won with style points in back-to-back victories over Toledo and Northern Illinois in its previous two games. Wednesday night against visiting Eastern Michigan, the Broncos won with hustle and grit, 63-59, to claim their third straight victory in a Mid-American Conference grinder at University Arena.
6:23 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Perrigo expanding in Allegan, Holland Township

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Officials say hiring could begin in stages by end of the year.
Perrigo will bring 400 jobs and $200 million in investment at a new facility in Holland Township, Gov. Rick Snyder's office announced Wednesday. Another $42 million and 250 jobs will be centered at the company's headquarters in Allegan. The announcement came as Snyder touted 14 companies preparing to invest $1.1 billion and add 4,590 jobs in Michigan.
NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Wolves Starchy Diet Led To Domesticated Dogs

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:37 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It took a very long time for this...

(SOUNDBITE OF WOLF HOWLING)

MONTAGNE: ...to evolve into this:

(SOUNDBITE OF DOG BARKING)

MONTAGNE: But the gray wolf is the ancestor of all domesticated dogs, including that Jack Russell terrier we just heard. Just how wolves came to live with people isn't really known. But as NPR's Veronique LaCapra reports, a new study suggests that food may have played a role.

VERONIQUE LACAPRA, BYLINE: Most dogs will eat just about anything.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOG EATING)

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu January 24, 2013

NFL Pressures Indiana Man To Give Up On Trademark

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Let's turn to a rivalry between siblings. Today's Last Word In Business is Harbowl - or Harbaugh Bowl. An Indiana man tried to trademark those two phrases last year, according to ESPN.com.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Roy Fox figured the Harbaugh brothers - both NFL coaches - might someday meet in the Super Bowl. This year, it is happening. Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers face John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens, a week from Sunday.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Report Blasts India's Treatment Of Women

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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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.

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Shots - Health News
3:40 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Female Smokers Face Greater Risk Than Previously Thought

Women smoke in New York City's Times Square.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

There's still more to learn about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

Studies in this week's New England Journal of Medicine show that the risk for women has been under-appreciated for decades. New data also quantify the surprising payoffs of smoking cessation — especially under the age of 40.

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