Shots - Health News
7:17 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Schedule Of Childhood Vaccines Declared Safe

Some parents have worried that kids get too many vaccinations too quickly. A review of all the available research suggests those concerns are misplaced.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

Childhood vaccines for diseases like measles, polio and whooping cough have repeatedly been proved safe and effective. Even so, some parents still worry that the schedule of vaccinations — 24 immunizations by the age of 2 — can be dangerous. That worry is likely misplaced, according to a yearlong review of all available scientific data.

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U.S.
6:39 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It

Community leaders and family members of murder victims attend a press conference Jan. 3 at St. Sabina Church in Chicago to make a plea for stronger gun regulations.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

As President Obama unveiled his gun control proposals Wednesday, he highlighted mass shootings at schools in Colorado, Virginia and Connecticut. He also mentioned another group of children, not in school — the ones on the street corners of Chicago.

Chicagoan Annette Holt was at the White House during Obama's address. Her teenage son, Blair, was shot to death five years ago on a Chicago bus as he shielded a fellow student from a spray of bullets.

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It's All Politics
6:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The Decades-Old Gun Ban That's Still On The Books

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officer Jay Phillippi looks over a fully automatic Thompson machine gun that was turned in during a "Gifts for Guns" program in Compton, Calif., in 2005.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

When President Obama laid out his proposals Wednesday to reduce gun violence, he included a call for Congress to ban "military-style assault weapons."

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The Salt
6:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis

A man makes bread as residents, background, stand in line in front of a bakery during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 4, 2012.
Narciso Contreras Associated Press

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

In Syria, the staple of most meals is a thin, round, flat bread that we would probably call pita.

Back in November, as fierce fighting raged across Syria, people started to run out of this bread. Government forces were attacking bakeries in rebel-held areas and cutting off electricity so mills couldn't grind flour. By late last year, Syrians were desperate.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary's Legacy Defined By Issues Of Oil

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the dedication for the Southwest's first urban wildlife refuge on the southern edge of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 27, 2012. Salazar has announced that he'll leave his post in late March and return to Colorado.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

The Department of the Interior is huge — more than 70,000 employees manage a half-billion acres of public land, mostly in the West. The department does everything from operate national parks to administer Native American social programs and manage wild horses.

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Environment
5:11 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

Vegetation like the kind growing here at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station could one day be used to feed small biofuel refineries spread throughout the Midwest.
J.E.Doll Michigan State University

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

Millions of acres of marginal farmland in the Midwest — land that isn't in good enough condition to grow crops — could be used to produce liquid fuels made from plant material, according to a study in Nature. And those biofuels could, in theory, provide about 25 percent of the advanced biofuels required by a 2007 federal law.

But there are many ifs and buts about this study — and, in fact, about the future of advanced biofuels.

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Afghanistan
5:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Taliban Militants Target Afghan Intelligence Center

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

In Afghanistan today, Taliban militants staged a brazen attack in the heart of Kabul. Their target was the headquarters of the National Directorate of Security or NDS - it's Afghanistan's equivalent of the FBI.

As NPR's Sean Carberry reports, the attack began with a suicide bombing, then five militants tried to storm the compound.

(SOUNDBITE OF SIRENS AND GUNFIRE)

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Africa
5:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Algeria Hostage-Taking Could Be Retaliation For France's Actions In Mali

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Algerian Islamists attacked an oil and gas field at dawn this morning in the desert on the border with Libya. They claim to have taken nearly 200 people hostage. In addition to Algerians, they claim to hold seven Americans, as well as French, British and Japanese citizens.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris reports the hostage-taking appears to be the first act of retaliation for France's actions in Mali.

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U.S.
4:57 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Some States Put Brakes On Driver's Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

Lucas Codognolla, 22, receives his license after qualifying for it under President Obama's federal immigration policy, which allows some young immigrants who are in the country illegally to stay in the U.S. for at least two years.
Craig LeMoult for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

Lucas Codognolla's hands shake as he waits in line at the Bridgeport, Conn., DMV for his turn to take the road test.

"I don't know if it's nerves or the excitement, you know?" he says.

The 22-year-old's family emigrated from Brazil when was just 9. When he turned 16 and wanted to get his driver's license, his parents sat him down and told him the truth: He was in the country illegally.

Initially, he lied to his friends about why he couldn't drive, he says. But then, as he got older, driving simply became necessary.

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4:15 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Snyder may discuss campaign finance in State of the State

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Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his State of the State address Wednesday night and, among other things, he is expected to talk about campaign finance reform. Gongwer News Service reports the governor will likely advocate raising the limit on how much money can be given to candidates running for state office. Snyder is also expected to call for more frequent campaign finance reports from candidates. To watch a live stream of the State of the State address, go here: http://www.livestream.com/snyderlive
Governor Rick Snyder is expected to propose a broader package of tax changes to boost revenues for Michigan's roads during his State of the State address on Wednesday, sources indicate, which could include shifting the state's fuel tax to one based on a percentage of fuel's wholesale price and a local registration tax option, as well as increasing registration fees.
It's All Politics
3:08 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Dear Mr. President: Tell Obama Your Priority For His Second Term

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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

In anticipation of Inauguration Day, NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger and producer Justine Kenin visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to ask Americans: "What do you want President Obama to remember in his second term?"

This video shows some of the answers we received outside the White House. But that was just the start of a project that we're calling "Dear Mr. President."

Now we want to hear from you.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The President's Plans To Reduce Gun Violence

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:29 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The Secret Keys Of A Second Inaugural Address

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:15 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Rockefeller won't run again, Treasury kills the trillion-dollar coin, and the president calls on Congress to pony up. It's Wednesday, and time for a ...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Deadbeat.

CONAN: ...edition of the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

RONALD REAGAN: There you go again...

WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad - where's the beef?

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The Way Forward With Iran

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 8:44 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

Two high-profile cabinet nominations go before the Senate soon. Senator John Kerry is expected to face little opposition to become the next secretary of state. Former Senator Chuck Hagel may have more problems. But as mentioned earlier, his nomination as secretary of defense is also expected to win approval.

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Around the Nation
12:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Native Americans Are Ready To Party For Obama

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, in less than a week the country will celebrate President Obama's second term with a slew of inaugural events. There is a swearing in, a parade, breakfasts, lunches, and of course the balls. And there are many of them, but we want to tell you about one of them. It is the Native Nations Inaugural Ball. Native Americans from around the country will be coming in to participate.

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Politics
11:57 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Obama Administration Goes After Guns

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama are touting new proposals aimed at curbing gun violence. Host Michel Martin learns more from Paul Barrett, author of 'Glock: The Rise of America's Gun' and Craig Whitney, author of 'Living With Guns, A Liberal's Case for the 2nd Amendment.'

Health
11:57 am
Wed January 16, 2013

When Is It Safe To Go Back To Work After The Flu?

Host Michel Martin isn't the only person who's been "under the weather" lately. She chats with NPR science correspondent Rob Stein about the nation-wide flu outbreak.

Movie Interviews
10:53 am
Wed January 16, 2013

'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera

Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with the film Quartet. He has starred in such classics as The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer and Tootsie.
Kerry Brown The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 3:08 pm

In December, the actor Dustin Hoffman sat in a box seat at the Kennedy Center as his old friend, Robert De Niro, saluted him at a celebration marking one of the highest accolades for an artist in the United States: a Kennedy Center Honor.

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10:36 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Kalamazoo City, County Moves Forward with Expanding Public Transportation System

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In May, the Kalmazoo County Transportation Authority will ask voters in Kalamazoo County for a millage to fund a on-demand van service and bus service outside the city.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The city of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo County governments are moving forward with the concept of a countywide public transit system. On Monday night, the Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority received a copy of a proposal developed after three months of meetings between administrators.
Michigan Legislature
9:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Rep. O'Brien hopes for road funding plan in "State of State" address

Margaret O'Brien
Credit Michigan House website

State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage is beginning her second term in the Legislature. She spoke with WMUK’s Gordon Evans about end of the last session, and looked ahead to the next two years in office. 

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7:56 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Representatives Huizenga, Amash vote against storm relief

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Both West Michigan Congressmen say the aid should have been paid for by reducing other spending.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Reps. Justin Amash and Bill Huizenga both voted against $50.7 billion in additional federal Superstorm Sandy relief on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The aid package passed the U.S. House by a vote of 241-180 in a late vote that followed hours of debate on the hefty supplement to $9.7 billion in aid OK'd in early January.
7:39 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Changes coming to Battle Creek's ward boundaries

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Majority of commissioners must approve the map before it becomes official.
A revised map of the city of Battle Creek's five political subdivisions is getting the general approval of commissioners. The City Commission saw a proposed plan for a new ward map Tuesday. It makes slights adjustments to two wards, 4 and 5, and will also mean changes to some voting precincts, although those plans have not been worked out.
7:36 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Snyder could revive water advisory board

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Council has included environmental groups, business leaders and others
Citing concerns about a changing climate, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today is expected to outline a plan to re-establish an advisory board on water use. His press office declined to comment in detail on the plan until after the governor describes his vision for the body in his State of the State address at 7 p.m.
Around the Nation
7:12 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Pub Names Changed Until After Playoff Game

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Years ago, I had a drink at a bar called The Raven. Great name for a bar, invoking a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. A Massachusetts man would agree. He owns the Raven's Nest and the Mad Raven. The trouble is, he's in New England, and pro football's New England Patriots are prepping for a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. The bar owner did what he had to do. He temporarily renamed his bars the Patriot's Nest and the Mad Patriot. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:02 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Wayne Dobson Doesn't Have Your Lost Cellphone

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne with a message: Wayne Dobson does not have your cell phone. Many cell phones allow you to track them using GPS if they go missing. But the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that technical glitch has, for two years, directed some Sprint customers, who've lost their phones in Vegas, to the home of Wayne Dobson. Sprint says it's researching the problem. Meanwhile, Dobson has come up with his own low-tech solution, a sign on his door reading: No lost cell phones.

7:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Snyder to include plan for fixing roads in State of State address

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Snyder to give third State of the State Address Wednesday night
Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder began his pitch for more road repair funding during a visit Tuesday to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, while the House Democratic leader characterized Snyder's first two years of accomplishments as "an extremist agenda."
6:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Benton Harbor School Board asks for emergency loan from state

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Board voted on Tuesday for a revised deficit reduction plan
BENTON HARBOR - The Benton Harbor school board voted 5-1 Tuesday to apply for a million state emergency loan.
6:17 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New scholarship fund created for Otsego High School students

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$2-million donation starts fund. The number of recipients and amount of scholarships hasn't been decided.
OTSEGO, MI - Numerous Otsego High School seniors could be getting college scholarships this year through a new scholarship program funded by a $2 million endowment from a former Otsego school parent, Otsego Public Schools officials announced Tuesday. The money comes from the estate of Emil "Bud" Popke Jr.
Politics
5:37 am
Wed January 16, 2013

House Approves Sandy Aid, Senate Votes Next

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yeah, it's Wednesday. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Victims of Hurricane Sandy are one step closer to getting a major infusion of federal disaster aid after a long delay. Last night, the House approved a $50 billion assistance package.

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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NPR Story
5:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Sick Workers' Dilemma: Stay Home Or Go To Work?

Chaim Gross, 24, is known as "Patient Zero" at his company Zeno Radio. About half of the workers have fallen ill in the past couple of months.
Ailsa Chang NPR

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:18 am

As the earliest flu outbreak in years continues to claim victims, businesses are taking a hit, too. They're faced with an unsolvable problem: If they tell too many sick employees to stay home, the work doesn't get done. But when people sick with flu and other bugs show up, they're spreading illness through the workplace.

It's a dilemma the staff at Zeno Radio, a media technology company in Midtown Manhattan, has seen unfold this winter.

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