2:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
State Capitol

State Finishes Fiscal Year in Black

Despite dim outlooks, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has turned a budget surplus for the second year in a row. The last fiscal year closed with  an additional $83 million  in  the General Fund. The road fund has a $31 million  surplus. The extra revenue has two potential uses. First, the state can make emergency payments, like putting additional money to cleaning up tornado damage in Eastern Kentucky.

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2:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Salt

The Importance Of Making Sushi And Mozzarella On Mars

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:31 pm

Rupert Spies, Senior Lecturer in Food and Beverage Management at Cornell, gives a hands-on workshop on bread making with the NASA team.
Jason Koski courtesy of Cornell University Photography

You might be surprised at how powdered milk, dehydrated kelp and shelf-stable chorizo can come together in ways that taste good — especially if you've been cooped up for a few months on a mission with five strangers on a desolate lava crater in Hawaii.

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1:48pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

3 Former Armstrong Associates Receive Lifetime Bans For Doping Violations

Lance Armstrong, rear left in yellow jersey, rides in the pack flanked by his US Postal Service teammates during the 18th stage of the Tour de France in 2004.
Christophe Ena AP

Two doctors and a trainer affiliated with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong have received lifetime bans from the sport because they failed to contest allegations that they violated doping bans.

The former members of the U.S. Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team — Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, cycling team doctor, Dr. Michele Ferrari, cycling team consulting doctor, and Jose "Pepe" Martí, cycling team trainer — were charged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency at the same time they announced charges against Armstrong.

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1:39pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Is Kim Jong Un's Mystery Woman The 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady?'

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 11:31 am

In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Monday, July 9, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and a woman clap with others on Friday as they watch a performance by North Korea's new Moranbong band in Pyongyang. Observers think she is Hyon Song-wol.
AP

It seems that North Korea's young leader may have reconnected with an old love.

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1:05pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Now Has Tips For Surviving A Wedding

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:31 pm

"Bridezilla" or tornado?
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If you're planning a wedding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some advice for you. Really.

Leave it to the public health gurus to turn a day that's supposed to be one of the happiest in people's lives into a lesson in preparing for a real-life nightmare.

Just check out the "CDC's Wedding Day Survival Guide," featuring tips like this:

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12:46pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

School Is 'Too Easy' Say American Students

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Many American students say school is too easy.
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Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the Washington think tank American Progress.

The organization, which promotes "progressive ideas and action," came to that conclusion when it analyzed surveys given to students by the Department of Education for its National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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12:42pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Around the Nation

Chicago Killings Spark Outrage

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MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

We turn now to another story that's making headlines for all the wrong reasons. It's been a bloody year in the Windy City. More than 250 people have reportedly been murdered so far this year in Chicago. That number is up about 38 percent from the same time last year, and now people are asking just what Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing about it.

He faced reporters yesterday and said some of the old plans to stop violence weren't working now.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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12:42pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Health Care

'Unconstitutional' Miss. Abortion Law Has To Go

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MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

We turn now to Nancy Northup. She's the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing the Jackson Women's Health Organization in court. This is the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, and it might have to close its doors if a new law there is upheld. If it closes, Mississippi would be the only state with no working abortion clinic. She joins me from her office in New York City. Nancy, welcome to TELL ME MORE.

NANCY NORTHUP: Thank you.

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12:42pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Health Care

Miss. Rep: Abortion Clinic Regulation Protects Women

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MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

I'm Maria Hinojosa, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we look at a growing trend: moms starting their own businesses. It can come with more flexibility, but there are also emotional and financial risks. We talk to a group of mom-preneurs, and that's just ahead.

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11:51am

Tue July 10, 2012
Music Reviews

'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 12:25 pm

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
Getty Digital

Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.

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