11:10am

Sun June 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tax Reform Panel Faces Monumental Task

The panel appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to make Kentucky’s tax system more fair and more competitive with other states has a monumental task before it. The list of tax exemptions the state offers alone fills 161 pages. “For example, there’s a sales tax on feed for horses but there’s not a sales tax on feed for cows,” said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who chairs the 23-member commission tasked with making recommendations on how to improve the state’s tax structure.

11:02am

Sun June 3, 2012
Education

WKU Committee Approves Tuition Hike

The finance and budget committee of Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents had a special meeting Friday, when it approved a 2012-13 operating budget that includes a 4.8 percent tuition increase. Pending approval by the full board at the June 22 meeting, the university will have a total operating budget of $388,597,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year. That’s an increase of about $3.5 million, or 0.9 percent, from the current year’s budget.

9:53am

Sun June 3, 2012
Asia

'Like Our Own Mother': Aung San Suu Kyi In Thailand

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 7:36 pm

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi waves to Myanmar refugees during her visit to the Mae La refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border on Saturday.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

On her first journey abroad in 24 years, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi upstaged and dazzled world leaders with her statesmanship and charisma.

Suu Kyi attended an international economic forum in Thailand last week, but Saturday was very different. She visited a camp on the Thai-Myanmar border, where refugees have fled to escape oppression and civil war in her homeland. The visit showed that despite becoming one of the most prominent politicians in Asia, her political situation at home remains a bit precarious.

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Politics

The Obama-Clinton Dynamic

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will appear at two glitzy fundraisers in New York. At his side will be former President Bill Clinton, both darlings of the Democrats and both in regular contact with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A natural partnership between two like-minded political giants, you might think - or is it?

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Economy

We Got The Jobs Report, Now What?

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

Friday's disappointing jobs report added to worries the recovery is in trouble. Only 69,000 new jobs were added to payrolls, and the unemployment rate moved higher, to 8.2 percent. Suddenly there is more talk about the Fed and what it might do to get the economy moving again. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Economy

The Economy From The People's Perspective

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Disappointing. Dismal. Bleak. These are just a few of the words used to describe the latest employment report. It showed that the U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs in May. That's less than half of what economists had expected. And this was the third consecutive month of weak results, which raises new concerns about the sputtering economic recovery.

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Europe

'Theater' On The Thames Marks Queen's 60 Years

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It is indeed a celebration fit for a queen, one who has been on the throne in England for 60 years. Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee celebrations continue today, and NPR's Philip Reeves is following all the festivities.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Queen Elizabeth arrives at the River Thames to begin her journey; the fanfares and cheers and a steam train in full voice.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAIN HORN)

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Politics

Enthusiasm To Recall Wis. Governor May Be Waning

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will decide whether Republican Scott Walker becomes just the third governor recalled from office in U.S. history. But as NPR's David Schaper reports, some now wonder whether the intensity of the left has been eclipsed by the resolve of the right.

8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Sports

Sports Reporter Stands Out From The Sidelines

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 2:50 pm

Checked suits, bright colors, garish patterns — you name it, and Craig Sager's worn it. This violet outfit accompanied a 2010 playoff game between two teams with purple in their color scheme, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

On Saturday night, the NBA semifinals notched yet another thriller as the Oklahoma City Thunder resisted a late push by the San Antonio Spurs. The series is now even at 2-2.

Thunder star Kevin Durant's fourth-quarter heroics were a spectacle — but just as mesmerizing was the man patrolling the sidelines in a pearly white jacket, blue shirt and fire-truck red pants.

That would be Craig Sager, TNT's go-to sideline reporter for NBA games. His outlandish outfits have made him an iconic part of the NBA on TV.

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Asia

Defense Secretary Panetta Visits Vietnam

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is on a week-long trip to Asia, with stops in Singapore, Vietnam and India. As NPR's Larry Abramson tells host Rachel Martin, Panetta's trip highlights the Pentagon's new strategic focus on China and the Pacific.

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