9:33am

Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

French Plan To Pull Troops From Afghanistan Starts Busy Diplomatic Days

Before President Obama welcomes world leaders to Camp David and Chicago, new French President Francoise Hollande is expected to say he wants his nation's 3,300 troops home from Afghanistan by year's end. That could upset other NATO nations.

9:15am

Fri May 18, 2012
The Commonwealth

Police Enforce "Click It or Ticket" on Memorial Day

FRANKFORT, Ky. Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. The 2012 national “Click It or Ticket” Memorial Day seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up. Despite a wealth of data showing that seat belts save lives – and also despite implementation of a primary seat belt law – Kentucky’s 82 percent seat belt usage rate lags behind the national rate of 84 percent.

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9:07am

Fri May 18, 2012
Business and the Economy

Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.3%

Kentucky's unemployment rate continued its descent in April, dropping to 8.3 percent from 8.6 percent in March. It marked the lowest unemployment rate since November 2008. While it's improving, the state's unemployment rate continued to lag the national rate, which fell to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March, according to data provided by the state Office of Employment and Training. During the month, the state's civilian labor force decreased slightly.

8:34am

Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

5 Takeaways From Trove Of Evidence Related To Trayvon Martin's Death

A photograph of George Zimmerman's head taken after the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It shows blood from injuries he Zimmerman says he received during their encounter.
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  • NPR's Greg Allen reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Among the key things to know about what's in the hundreds of pages of evidence and other materials related to the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, which were released Thursday:

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7:42am

Fri May 18, 2012
Europe

Is Now The Time To Vacation In Greece?

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 10:08 am

Greece depends heavily on tourism, but the economic crisis is driving away visitors like these ones photographing the Acropolis in Athens from the top of a tour bus last October.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Despite all the chaos and misery of the Greek debt crisis, the country still has some major assets: It's a stunningly beautiful place, with sunny weather, great beaches, ancient marvels and modern amenities.

Greece has been attracting visitors for centuries — at least since Darius the Great led an unsuccessful Persian military package tour about 2,500 years ago.

That didn't work out so well for Darius, who was defeated at the Battle of Marathon.

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7:30am

Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Like It Or Not, It's Facebook's Day On Wall Street

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:03 pm

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  • Steve Henn talks with Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'

Facebook's much-publicized first sale of stock to the public started with a bang late this morning as the price per share jumped. But though the volume of shares sold was a record for an initial public offering, the stock's price gave up its gains as the day continued.

By the end of trading in the U.S., Facebook had settled right at the $38 initial offering price that had been set before shares went on sale.

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7:30am

Fri May 18, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Face Everyone Knows, A Name Most Folks Forget

It’s a curse felt by character actors.  Everyone knows their faces.  No one knows their names.   Such is the fate of Kentucky-born actor Harry Dean Stanton.  His movies, which include “Alien,” “The Green Mile” and “Repo Man” are the subject of a film festival this weekend in Lexington.  Also this weekend a stage adaptation of “The Graduate” is performed by Studio Players.   And, there’s news that a Broadway super hit will finally be performed in Lexington.  Offering previews is Rich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

7:08am

Fri May 18, 2012
World

Police Wait For Thief To Release His Loot

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:49 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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6:50am

Fri May 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Sudents Suspended Over Post-It Note Prank

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:49 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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6:30am

Fri May 18, 2012
Economy

G8 Summit To Discus Greece's Troubled Economy

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:49 pm

Greece keeps cutting its budget to help pay debts and avoid default but then its economy keeps contracting, making the problem worse. The new French President Francois Hollande wants to find a way to stimulate Europe's economy.

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