5:49am

Mon May 28, 2012
Election 2012

For A Billionaire, $2M Gets You Superdonor Status

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 10:25 am

Bill Koch (center) celebrates his team's 1992 America's Cup win. Koch, the brother of billionaire GOP donors Charles and David, has given $2 million to the superPAC backing Mitt Romney.
Vince Bucci AFP/Getty Images

In the world of high-dollar politics, the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch are famous for their lavish funding of conservative politicians and causes. But there's another Koch brother — William — who is passionate about many things, but only recently about politics.

Bill Koch is an avid yachtsman, and he set out to win the 1992 America's Cup. It would take four boats, more than 260 team members and single-minded determination.

David Rosow was the team's business manager and is a longtime friend of Koch's.

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5:43am

Mon May 28, 2012
NPR Story

In Stitches: Kanye Tweets

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 6:23 am

Kanye West has made a name for himself with his music, his award-show antics, and recently his tweets. Including: "Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on" and "Sometimes I get emotional over fonts." Embroidery entrepreneur Amy Sheridan has decided that Twitter doesn't give these pearls of wisdom their due. For $45, she'll hand-stitch the Kanye tweet of your choice in a simple frame. Just picture, "Working on being a doper person" above the mantel.

5:43am

Mon May 28, 2012
NPR Story

Memorial Honors Americans Killed In Afghanistan

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 5:49 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Today is Memorial Day, the day we remember the men and women who've died while serving in the Armed Forces. In Kabul, Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander, General John Allen, laid a wreath at a garden across from his headquarters. And he read a letter written by Marine Sergeant William Stacey to his parents in Seattle.

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5:43am

Mon May 28, 2012
NPR Story

A Conversation With Chief Of Hurricane Center

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 5:49 am

David Greene talks to Rick Knabb, the newly named head of the National Hurricane Center. Knabb is currently the Weather Channel's resident hurricane expert. When he previously worked at the National Hurricane Center as a meteorologist, he was one of the lead forecasters for Hurricane Katrina.

9:45pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

 

The varying forms of drug abuse have created challenges for both treatment and law enforcement professionals.  Much attention across Kentucky in recent years has centered on a growing prescription drug abuse problem.  State lawmakers have taken steps to crack down on improper pain clinics while also providing better communication within the medical profession about patients’ use of prescribed drugs.   Michelle Lofwall is a University of Kentucky psychiatrist who treats prescription drug users.  she is beginning to see another alarm go off.

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9:24pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Memorial Day Driving

 

Drinking and driving still accounts for many fatal vehicle crashes across Kentucky.  More and more prescription pill impairment is joining alcohol as a cause for tragic collisions.  As drivers hit the highways for their return following the holiday weekend, Robert McCool with the University of Kentucky’s Injury Prevention Center says these wrecks may not be related to drug abuse at all.

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6:46pm

Sun May 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Security Council Condemns Syrian Government For Killings

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 6:45 am

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the Syrian government for the massacre of scores of people, including children, in the town of Houla, a day after images of the mass killings shocked the world.

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5:46pm

Sun May 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Polls Show Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Influencing Blacks

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 11:27 am

President Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room May 9. In an interview with ABC, he said he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In this space earlier this month, I wrote about whether President Obama would face a backlash from African-Americans for his endorsement of same-sex marriage. (He hasn't.) I made mention of a random field experiment in which 285 black people in Cook County, Ill., were polled about gay marriage.

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5:04pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Interviews

Blacks, Gays And The Church

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 6:56 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Let's turn to another story we've been following in recent weeks: African-Americans and same-sex marriage. When President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, some African-American religious leaders protested. But according to new polling data, African-Americans are no less supportive or, for that matter, opposed to gay marriage than any other group in the country.

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5:04pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Interviews

Disability Claims Rise Among Veterans

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 6:56 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Returning now to veterans on this Memorial Day weekend. Close to one out of two veterans who've served in Iraq or Afghanistan have now filed disability claims for service-related injuries - everything from hearing loss and back problems to mental health claims like PTSD. The percentage of vets making claims now is more than double the rate of previous wars. The total cost could eventually come to close to a trillion dollars.

Marilynn Marchione of the Associated Press reported on the staggering increase and what might explain it.

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