The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Burning Cheese Closes Norwegian Road For Days

A truckload of brunost cheese, like the kind seen here, recently caught fire in a Norwegian tunnel.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:53 pm

It was probably a first for Norway when a truck trailer full of sweet goat cheese caught fire near the town of Narvik late last week, blocking a road tunnel. it took four days for firefighters to put out the flames. No one was hurt. Norwegian Broadcasting says the tunnel was so badly damaged that geologists are checking it for safety, and any lingering toxic gases.

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Religion
2:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Amidst Church Scandals, Who Still Joins The Priesthood

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:18 pm

A decade after news of the sex abuse scandal in the Boston archdiocese of the Catholic Church broke, reports of abuse continue to emerge. The number of priests in the U.S. is in rapid decline, raising questions about who still chooses the job and how the work has changed after high-profile abuse scandals.

Global Health
1:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

In Syria, Addressing Medical Needs In An Embattled City

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:07 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Now to the civil war in Syria. Rebels report new rocket strikes by government forces today - attacks, they say, that killed six members of one family. Nearly two years after the government sent army tanks to crush anti-government protests, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday he does not see much prospect for a negotiated resolution, and he warned that the humanitarian situation in the country is dire.

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From Our Listeners
1:45 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Letters: 'Django Unchained', Rereading Classics

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:09 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics, including reaction to the movie Django Unchained, Florida's python problem and rereading high school classics.

Asia
1:19 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk

Customers chat at a Beijing cafe modeled after the Central Perk cafe in the hit American sitcom Friends, in 2010. Nearly a decade after the series ended, the popularity of Friends continues among young Chinese, who use the show as a language-learning tool and enjoy its depiction of young Americans.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:53 pm

Almost a decade since the end of the hit American TV series Friends, the show — and, in particular, the fictitious Central Perk cafe, where much of the action took place — is enjoying an afterlife in China's capital, Beijing. Here, the show that chronicled the exploits of New York City pals Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey is almost seen as a lifestyle guide.

Tucked away on the sixth floor of a Beijing apartment block is a mini replica of the cafe, orange couch and all, whose owner Du Xin introduces himself by saying, "Everyone calls me 'Gunther' here."

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12:48 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

On the President's desk: Telephone, papers, Petoskey stone

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Petoskey stone is believed to be a gift given to President Obama for his 50th birthday in August of 2011.
WASHINGTON - Lest anyone worry that President Barack Obama might ignore Michigan in his second term, rest assured: He's keeping at least a little of the state very close at hand.
12:26 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tim Skubick: Judge's review of Bolger's acitons could dampen bipartisanship

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Skubick writes that the review of House Speaker Jase Bolger's actions in the party-switch of a Grand Rapids representative is still looming.
Despite the bruised feelings and the lingering anger that permeates the Democratic caucus yet today, you can see the possibility of Democrats putting the Right to Work angst behind them. And if you look even closer you can actually see a path toward bipartisan cooperation taking shape.
Michigan gun bill
12:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Michigan Senate committee approves bill exempting Michigan guns from federal regulation

Credit Melissa Benmark, WKAR

A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would exempt Michigan-made guns from federal firearms regulations. 

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Health
11:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Culture, Politics Still Collide on Roe v. Wade's 40th

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Middle East
11:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Did Syrian President 'Rejoice' In Obama's Speech?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, President Obama's vision for reducing gun violence includes improving access to mental health care. So we decided to ask two mental health professions who've thought a lot about violence, especially gun violence, for their perspectives on what kinds of changes they think would be helpful.

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Mental Health
11:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Supreme Court case that established abortion rights in this country is now 40 years old, but the political and cultural fights about abortion are going on still. We'll talk about this with our panel of women commentators. That's our Beauty Shop roundtable and that's in just a few minutes.

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Television
11:09 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Jimmy Kimmel: Making Late Night A Family Affair

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel interviews Mel Brooks on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Randy Holmes ABC

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:04 pm

This month, Jimmy Kimmel's late-night ABC talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, joins the 11:35 p.m. nightly lineup — which puts him in direct competition with two reining comedy kings: Jay Leno and Kimmel's idol, David Letterman.

Kimmel, who paid tribute to Letterman at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, didn't break the news to Letterman himself.

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7:48 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Snyder says some transportation money could go for mass transit

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Governor wants to raise gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, use money for roads and other transportation projects
Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday refined his sales pitch for raising $1.2 billion in new gas and vehicle taxes by saying the money won't just be designated for fixing the state's roads.

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Politics and Race
7:22 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Speaker to discuss politics, race and performance Thursday at WMU

Harry Elam
Credit Stanford University

A Stanford University Drama Professor will speak Thursday night at Western Michigan University. Harry Elam Jr. is also a Vice-Provost at the school in Palo Alto, California. He will speak at the Richmond Center Thursday night at 6:00. His address is part of the university’s events to honor Martin Luther King and also part of the Center for Humanities Power and Publics speaker series. 

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Europe
7:05 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Wife's Phone Call Interupts Soccer News Conference

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A Scottish sports reporter recorded a soccer team press conference using his phone. Great idea, but inevitably the reporter's phone rang. The soccer team manager picked it up.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hello?

INSKEEP: It was the reporter's wife, who hung up in confusion, but then called again. And the manager answered again.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

Around the Nation
6:58 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Young Journalist Discovers Experience Pays Off

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Young Ethan Sattler started his own news organization last fall, a first step in being a real journalist. Then he put in a request to cover the inauguration from the White House Briefing Room, which was granted.

There were no briefings on Inauguration Day, but the 13-year-old did catch some of the action. He so impressed everyone, he landed a spot in the press viewing area; and caught a glimpse of the president leaving the White House.

6:34 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission approves six-month moratorium on billboards

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Commission wants time to re-evaluate policy after request to convert four static billboards to LED billboards
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission on Tuesday issued a six-month moratorium on billboards in Kalamazoo. Commissioners approved the moratorium in a 5-0 vote. Vice Mayor Hannah McKinney and Commissioner Bob Cinabro were absent.
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Portage School Board details charges against former Superintendent

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Report says Ric Perry's affair with Patricia Koeze impacted the decision to hire her as Human Resources Director
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage Public Schools Board of Education said former Superintendent Richard Perry engaged in several acts of misconduct all stemming from his "extramarital affair" with the district's former human resources director. The board on Tuesday approved and released a four-page list of charges against Perry that said represented a "material breach" of his contract and led to his suspension in December.
6:19 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Benton Harbor City Commissioners fail to pass resolution to limit departing Emergency Manager

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Joseph Harris' time as city's emergency manager is winding down. Tony Saunders takes over next month.
BENTON HARBOR - The Benton Harbor City Commission tried to pass a resolution Tuesday to ask the state to limit spending by the city's emergency financial manager until a new EFM arrives, but the resolution failed in a tie vote.
National Security
5:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Gen. John Allen Cleared In Email Probe

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, the Pentagon says the U.S. commander in Afghanistan is cleared. Gen. John Allen was caught in a scandal last fall. You may recall, he'd been corresponding by email with a Florida socialite; and the question for the Pentagon was whether Gen. Allen's emails were inappropriate. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman followed the story back then. He's with us now. Tom, good morning.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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Business
5:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline's Tweaked Route

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with pipeline plans.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Nebraska's governor has approved a new plan for where the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will pass through his state. In 2011, the governor opposed the pipeline for its potential environmental impact. Yesterday, he wrote a letter to President Obama saying the new route avoids the more environmentally fragile parts of Nebraska.

It now falls to the Obama administration to approve the project. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Middle East
5:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Netanyahu Must Turn Fractured Results Into A Government

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. In Israel last night a surprisingly close election. Voters appear to have reelected Prime Minister Netanyahu for another term. That was expected. But Netanyahu's right wing alliance suffered serious losses. Centrist and left wing parties defied opinion polls and won half the seats in parliament. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports from Jerusalem, the prime minister will now have to turn these fractured results into a government.

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Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America. She has also served as a foreign correspondent in Germany, for both the VOA and Marketplace, public radio's business news program. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. In 2006, Nina was honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her investigative reporting on VPR.

Shots - Health News
3:39 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps

Two chimps groom each other at the Save the Chimps facility in Florida. The National Institutes of Health owns about 360 chimpanzees that aren't yet retired and that are living at research facilities; new guidelines say most of its chimps should be retired.
Save the Chimps

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 3:56 pm

The National Institutes of Health should retire most of its chimps that are currently living in research facilities, according to a working group put together by the NIH to look at the future need for biomedical research on chimps.

The group did recommend keeping a small number of chimps in reserve in case they are needed for studies later on. But it also laid out a detailed description of the kind of living conditions that would be needed for those chimps, and said any proposed research should go through a review committee that includes members of the public.

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Around the Nation
3:36 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Schussing Down Slopes Can Snowball Into A Search-And-Rescue Bill

Some states can bill skiers for search-and-rescue efforts. Often, those who need rescuing wandered into out-of-bounds areas and couldn't find their way back.
Nina Keck Vermont Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:02 am

Fresh snow lures a lot of people to do some outdoor exploring, but sometimes that exploring can go too far. When snowmobilers or skiers wander off or get in over their heads, many call 911, putting a strain on already underfunded search-and-rescue budgets.

In Vermont, state police have had to help find 50 lost skiers in the past four weeks.

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National Security
3:35 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Obama's Promise To Close Guantanamo Prison Falls Short

Demonstrators, dressed as detainees, march on Jan. 11 against the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and call for President Obama to close the facility.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

In one of his first acts as commander in chief, President Obama in 2009 signed an executive order to close the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

It was part of a campaign promise the president made, to close the camp and "determine how to deal with those who have been held there." But four years on, the controversial prison remains open.

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Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.

The Salt
3:33 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk

This 5-foot plexiglass piece of art resembling a freshly poured glass of milk sits near the door at Dairy Farmers of America headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:01 am

Farmers who had hoped to get some answers on why prices for their raw milk went into free fall a decade ago were disappointed Tuesday by the settlement of a case accusing Dairy Farmers of America Inc. of creating a milk monopoly in the Southeast.

Dairy farmers and industry observers had hoped for their day in court after years of delays in the large class-action suit. But the day before the trial was to start in federal court in Tennessee, DFA announced a $158.6 million deal, saying it didn't want to risk going to trial.

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Shots - Health News
3:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Painkiller Paradox: Feds Struggle To Control Drugs That Help And Harm

Carolyn Tuft and her daughter Kirsten (seen here in 2005) were the victims of a shooting at a Salt Lake City mall in 2007. Kirsten was one of five bystanders killed, and Carolyn was left in severe pain.
Courtesy of Carolyn Tuft

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:38 pm

A few years ago, a doctor started prescribing Michael Israel painkillers for bad cramps in his gut. Israel had been struggling with Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive disorder, since he was a teenager.

"So he was prescribed, you know, Lortab, or Vicodin or whatever. You know, they would flip-flop it from one to another," says Avi Israel, Michael's father.

Then one day, Michael confessed that something was wrong.

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