12:30pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

More Than 9,000 Still Without Power

More than 9,000 Kentucky electric customers are still without electricity as of Monday morning as a result of Friday's storms. But several inches of heavy, wet snow has also knocked out power to more than 6,000 electric customers - primarily in Central Kentucky - on Monday morning. Among the storm-related outages, Kentucky Power/AEP has the largest number of customer outages: Floyd County, 223; Johnson County, 809; Lawrence County, 685; Magoffin 1,235; and Morgan, 1,260.

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12:27pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Music Reviews

Dierks Bentley's 'Home' Is Full Of Country Struggles

Courtesy of the artist

Dierks Bentley has a nice, deep voice; an open, friendly demeanor; and a knack for working in a variety of country-music genres, from bluegrass to power ballads. For all that, it's always been difficult to pin down what Bentley aims to do. Although he's only in his 30s, Bentley sounds as though he's working through a bit of a midlife crisis on his new album Home. Take, for example, the single "Am I the Only One," a novelty tune about going out to party with a twist — not many of Bentley's pals want to join him, because they've settled into adulthood, and he hasn't.

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12:26pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

March Brings 1-4 Inches of Snow

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Central Kentucky until 10 a.m. Monday. The region saw snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches overnight, with higher amounts in some areas. The snow and ice caused schools to be closed for the day in many communities. The heaviest snow accumulations were along and north of I-64.

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12:23pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

Volunteers Chip in to Clean Up

Volunteer firefighter Aaron Stamper and Olivia Gronlund pick through debris looking for personal belongings for their friends Beverly and Ronnie Bowman whose house was destroyed on Opossum Hollow Road.
David Stephenson/Lexington Herald-Leader

Scores of volunteers have surged into Menifee County to clear roads of fallen trees, secure people's property and begin cleanup after Friday's tornado swept through this rural area. By 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Marietta Flannery was in the kitchen of Botts Elementary School on Ky. 460 with a half-dozen volunteers to start cooking breakfast for displaced families and work crews. County leaders met at 9 a.m. Sunday in the fire station to draft a plan of action that would ensure the best use of volunteers. "You can't give nobody enough credit for what they're doing. I can't say enough for how citizens have pitched in to help," Menifee County Sheriff's Deputy Donnie Fugett said.

12:14pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Hugo Chávez Says Tumor Is Cancerous

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking during a TV program in Havana on March 4.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said that the tumor removed by Cuban doctors last week was found to be cancerous.

In remarks televised on Sunday, Chávez also denied rumors that that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. Bloomberg reports:

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12:00pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Health

Georgia Lawmaker: Women's Voices Not Being Heard

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 11:44 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, you've heard the phrase: A mind is terrible thing to waste. That's the longtime slogan of a group that worked to get more African-Americans into college. Well, now a group is saying: Ice time is a terrible thing to waste. There's a new scholarship to try to get more college students of color into hockey. We'll hear more about that in just a few minutes.

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12:00pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Around the Nation

Blacks, Latinos Mark Civil Rights Milestone

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 11:44 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, some advocates for more expansive reproductive rights say women are being disrespected and demeaned by state and national debates about access to abortion and contraception, particularly those debates that include few, if any women. We are going to hear from a female state lawmaker who has flipped the script and crafted legislation focused on the reproductive choices of men. We'll have that conversation in a few minutes.

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11:43am

Mon March 5, 2012
Author Interviews

Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 1:46 pm

Routines are made up of a three-part "habit loop": a cue, a behavior and a reward. Understanding and interrupting that loop is key to breaking a habit, says journalist Charles Duhigg.
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Think about something it took you a really long time to learn, like how to parallel park. At first, parallel parking was difficult and you had to devote a lot of mental energy to it. But after you grew comfortable with parallel parking, it became much easier — almost habitual, you could say.

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11:35am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S., Israel Stand Together On Iran Issue, Obama And Netanyahu Say

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 9:05 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked on as President Obama spoke this morning in the Oval Office of the White House.
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With Iran and its nuclear program looming over the discussions, President Obama said this morning that "the United States will always have Israel's back." The president's comment came with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is at the White House for talks today, by his side.

For his part, Netanyahu told reporters that the U.S. and Israel stand together on policy toward Iran, The Associated Press reports.

The two leaders just held something of a photo op. Other reports on what they had to say:

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11:25am

Mon March 5, 2012
Business and the Economy

Full Economic Recovery Likely After Tornado

Kevin Simmons is a professor of economics at Austin College in Texas.

Kentuckians are just beginning the gauge the economic cost of the weekend’s disaster.  A more complete picture will become apparent once damage assessments are complete.  However, there are economic trends that follow a tornado.  For example, economist Kevin Simmons says full recovery is likely…in fact, Simmons says some communities re-invent themselves after devastating weather.  The Austin College professor says disaster relief, from both government and private sources, can temporarily improve a local economy.

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