Around the Nation
12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Did State Of The Union Hit The Mark — Or Not?

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will talk about why the government doesn't want to send you a Social Security or veterans' benefits check anymore. Don't panic. They're going to send you the money. They just don't want to send you a check. We'll tell you why in just a few minutes.

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Author Interviews
12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Life's Traumas Won't Stop Kenyan Author Ngugi

Daniel A. Anderson/University Co Random House

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:40 pm

"When whatever forces put you down, you don't stay down."

Kenyan writer and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o tells NPR's Michel Martin that this is something he constantly tells his children.

It is advice that has kept him going since he was born in 1938, at a time when his nation was still a British colony.

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Around the Nation
12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Kitchen Table Reactions To State Of The Union

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. First of all, you might be noticing that the program sounds a little bit different today. We are having some technical difficulties that are not allowing us to play some of the music and other elements you're used to hearing. But we're still going to have great conversations.

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12:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Saint Joseph County hires its first administrator to return to job

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Yoder is currently Village Manager of Three Oaks. He will tell the Village Council Wednesday night of his plan to change jobs.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
CENTREVILLE, MI - The search for a new St. Joseph County administrator took an unexpected turn Tuesday, when a recruiter the county was contemplating working with ended up being offered - and accepting - the job. The post will be filled by J. Patrick Yoder, who held the position from its creation in 1990 until 1994.
Great Lakes Harbors
8:51 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Senators seek more money for harbor dredging

South Haven harbor - file photo
Credit The Associated Press

A group of Republican state Senators wants to increase the amount that Michigan plans to spend on harbor dredging this year. State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is part of the group that wants to spend another $10-million to $12-million in addition to the $22-million in Governor Snyder's proposed budget.

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7:56 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Snyder's approval rating drops after "right to work"

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EPIC-MRA pollster says drop in governor's approval rating is likely due to his support for "right to work" legislation.
LANSING -- A poll released to the Free Press on Tuesday suggests that support for Gov. Rick Snyder dropped sharply after he changed course in December and backed the speedy passage of controversial right-to-work legislation. The poll by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, released exclusively to the Free Press and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), found 61% of Michigan voters surveyed between Feb.
State of Union Reaction
7:53 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Michigan Representatives react to State of the Union Address

Fred Upton
Credit Official U.S. House photo

West Michigan Republican Fred Upton welcomes President Obama's call for bi-partisanship in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Upton issued a statement saying adding jobs and improving the economy should be a priority (Mlive Kalamazoo story).

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Around the Nation
7:53 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Sen. Rubio Parched By State Of The Union Response

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 7:58 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Republican Senator Marco Rubio delivered the Republican reply to the State of the Union. In mid-critique, Rubio wanted water but water was out of reach. The senator ducked down, reached off screen, found it, sipped it and resumed. But the Twittersphere had left the building. Water tweets flooded the nation. Rubio tweeted too - a picture of his water bottle. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:32 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Sewage Plant Offers Valentine's Day Tour

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

In New York, it's hard to get a dinner reservation to a trendy restaurant on Valentine's Day. And apparently, for hipsters in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, it can be tough to get a spot on a romantic tour of a sewage treatment plant. New York's Department of Environmental Protection says this Valentine's Day, it had to add an extra tour because of the demand. Why the sewage plant tour is so trendy? Hmm, maybe the pheromones.

6:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Portage City Council approves tax break for Stryker plant expansion

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Company says plant currently has 662 employees.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Stryker Corporation has won a tax break from Portage for a $5.6 million expansion at its research and development plant that will add 18 new jobs. The expansion at 4100 E. Milham Ave. will also handle 18 employees hired by the company since last July.
6:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Snyder reluctant to tap "rainy day fund" for dredging

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Republican state Senators want more money to dredge ports and harbors in Michigan.
Visitors to Leland's Fishtown on the Leelanau Peninsula are accustomed to the sight of large sailboats grounded on sandbars near the entrance to the Leland Harbor. For eight years, grounded boats have captivated tourists, embarrassed sailors and aggravated Harbormaster Russell Dzuba, who gets midnight calls from stranded boaters.
6:16 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Saugatuck High School doesn't plan to change nickname despite complaint

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The state Department of Civil rights has filed a complaint with the federal government over schools using American Indian names and mascots.
State Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, sent a letter to the state requesting the complaint be withdrawn
NPR Story
6:01 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Close Read: Reviewing Obama's State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News with Linda Wertheimer. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Throughout today's program, we're hearing parts of President Obama's State of the Union Address and many reactions to it. This is the part of the program where we take a close read of the speech. We've done this nine years running. In some cases we're checking facts. And in other cases we're asking what some parts of the speech really mean.

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NPR Story
6:01 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:40 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And also watching the president's address last night was NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith. She was in the chamber and spoke to members of Congress afterwards.

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NPR Story
6:01 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 7:37 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an unlikely call for assistance.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Working Late: Older Americans On The Job
3:43 am
Wed February 13, 2013

For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout

John David, 73, teaches fitness classes to help older people stay healthy and fit. Here he teaches an hourlong class at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Shiho Fukada for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:29 pm

Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. In Working Late, a series for Morning Edition, NPR profiles older adults who are still in the workforce.

Retirement isn't what it used to be, or even when it used to be.

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National Security
3:41 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Victims Of Cyberattacks Get Proactive Against Intruders

Some companies, frustrated with intrusions into their networks by cyberattackers, are now trying to turn the tables in the ongoing and complicated cyberwar.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:56 am

U.S. companies that have their networks routinely penetrated and their trade secrets stolen cannot be surprised by a new National Intelligence Estimate on the cyber-espionage threat. The classified NIE, the first-ever focusing on cybersecurity, concludes that the U.S. is the target of a major espionage campaign, with China the leading culprit.

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Africa
3:40 am
Wed February 13, 2013

A Murder Deepens Tunisia's Political Crisis

Tunisian soldiers stand guard as a woman holds up a poster featuring opposition leader Chokri Belaid during his funeral procession in a suburb of Tunis on Feb. 8. Belaid's assassination has laid bare the political rifts in post-revolutionary Tunisia.
Fethi Belaid AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:24 am

The political crisis in Tunisia is deepening after last week's murder of a prominent secular politician. Tunisians are increasingly divided over their country's government and future, just two years after collectively overthrowing the dictator in a popular revolution.

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Sweetness And Light
2:11 am
Wed February 13, 2013

An Oft-Told Tale: The Beauty Queen And The Quarterback

Katherine Webb (left), the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, and McCarron's mother, Dee Dee Bonner (second from left), watch McCarron celebrate after the BCS National Championship college football game on Jan. 7. Webb was caught on camera and announcer Brent Musburger enthusiastically remarked that quarterbacks "get all the good-looking women." ESPN later apologized.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:24 am

Gentlemen of a certain age might make a nostalgic note that today, Valentine's eve, is the 80th birthday of Kim Novak.

One of Miss Novak's most famous movie roles was in Picnic, where she played the gorgeous ingenue who could've married the son of the richest man in town but instead fell for a hunk of a bum who was an old football star.

Picnic is being revived on Broadway, as is Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, where — guess what? — Maggie, played by the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, is married to a hunk of a bum who is a former football star.

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9:07 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers look for additional money for harbor dredging

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State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is among those proposing state use money from rainy day fund for dredging.
Lansing - The state Senate is considering taking $30 million from Michigan's rainy day fund for emergency dredging of harbors and waterways this year to relieve shallows that threaten the state's boating industry as a result of historic low levels in the Great Lakes.
8:58 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kalamazoo's Northside Ministerial Alliance urges tougher gun laws

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Group wants laws that would make gun trafficking a federal crime, require background checks for gun purchases and improve access to mental health services.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Framing it as a moral issue, leaders of Kalamazoo's Northside Ministerial Alliance called Tuesday for local, state and federal leaders to enact stricter laws controlling guns, particularly assault weapons.
Asia
7:33 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Seeking A Glimpse Of Immortality In The Waters Of India's Holy Rivers

A Hindu devotee prays after a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of three holy rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati --” during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, on Sunday.
Rajesh Kumar Singh AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

The Hindu gathering known as Kumbh Mela is on a scale difficult to fathom: The world's largest religious festival is millions of feet shuffling, millions of mantras chanted, countless sales of firewood to ward off the night cold. Millions of incense sticks will be burned and bells rung in devotional rituals called aartis.

Jet-setting swamis, naked holy men and foreigners fascinated by Eastern mysticism joined tens of millions of pilgrims for a dip in river waters believed to be holy.

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Around the Nation
7:11 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Fugitive Ex-LAPD Officer Apparently Barracaded In Cabin

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

Kirk Siegler talks to Melissa Block for an update on the search for former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner. A man that authorities identified as Dorner was holed up in a cabin near Big Bear Lake, Calif., on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of officers surrounded the home. Dorner is wanted for questioning in three murders and one attempted murder.

All Tech Considered
7:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Electric Car Review Dust-Up May Put Brakes On Tesla Profits

Showgoers check out the Tesla Model S at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

One of the long-standing knocks against electric cars is that it can be hard for the machines to hold a charge in cold weather. That's exactly what New York Times reporter John Broder says he found when he took a Tesla Model S on a road trip from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut.

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Asia
5:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Did North Korea Test A 'Miniature' Nuclear Bomb?

An official with the Korea Meteorological Administration shows a seismic image of a tremor caused by North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul on Tuesday.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test is much more powerful than the previous two, according to estimates made by instruments that measure seismic waves from the blast. It's about the size of the bomb that devastated Hiroshima in World War II.

But it's not so easy to verify the claim that the nuclear explosive has also been miniaturized. That's a critical claim because a small warhead would be essential if the rogue regime chose to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Big bombs are easier to make, but they aren't all that useful as a threat.

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Shots - Health News
4:59 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Folic Acid For Pregnant Mothers Cuts Kids' Autism Risk

Despite public health campaigns urging women in the U.S. to take folic acid, many are still not taking the supplements when they become pregnant.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

A common vitamin supplement appears to dramatically reduce a woman's risk of having a child with autism.

A study of more than 85,000 women in Norway found that those who started taking folic acid before getting pregnant were about 40 percent less likely to have a child who developed the disorder, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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National Security
3:11 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Sticky Questions Surrounding Drones And Kill Lists

A French military drone takes off in December 2010 from a U.S. airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:17 pm

New York Times reporter Scott Shane and colleague Jo Becker reported last year that the Obama administration has a list of terrorists targeted for drone attacks, and that the president personally approves such strikes.

The administration has been trying to keep details of its drone program under wraps, arguing that to make it public could threaten national security. Shane has reported numerous such stories.

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All Tech Considered
3:09 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

This map shows data reported by users of the mPING app during Friday's blizzard in the Northeast.
The PING Project

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

If you love to talk about the weather — or want to help collect information about it — a new smartphone app may be for you.

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U.S.
2:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. If no budget deal is reached by March 1st, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester kick in. And that includes the defense budget, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of federal spending.

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Sports
2:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Sports Fixing: When Gambling And The Game Collide

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:30 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. If you walk into any clubhouse in organized baseball, from Yankee Stadium to a rookie-league park, you'll see a large poster that specifies the prohibitions against gambling, and they'll specify the penalty. There is only one: a lifetime ban.

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