8:22am

Thu March 1, 2012
Music Reviews

Hugh Masekela: Wedding Songs That Don't Sound Blue

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 8:50 am

Hugh Masekela.
courtesy of the artist

In 1968, Hugh Masekela was not quite 30 years old and though he was in exile from his homeland of South Africa, he seemed ready to become at home on the American jazz and pop markets. That summer, he had scored a number one single, "Grazing in the Grass." A year earlier, he'd been one of the few international performers at the 1967 Monterrey International Pop Festival and had appeared in its D.A. Pennebaker documentary. Yet strangely enough, over the next 45 years Masekela never quite found his sweet spot.

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8:10am

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll From Midwest, Southern Storms Put At 13

Vehicles and other possessions lie scattered in Harrisburg, Ill.
Scott Olson Getty Images

A fourth death in Tennessee appears to have brought the toll from severe storms that swept through parts of the Midwest and South on Wednesday to at least 13.

Chrissy Keuper of WUOT-FM in at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville has told our Newscast Desk about the fourth fatality in the Volunteer State.

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7:34am

Thu March 1, 2012
Business

Virgin Atlantic Hires Whispering Coach

The airline hired the coach to train its flight attendants to speak in hushed tones while serving passengers. Crews will be trained on tone and volume. The low tones are reserved for Virgin's new upper class dream suite.

7:30am

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Two More Americans Killed In Afghanistan

Feb. 23: Afghan demonstrators burn a U.S. flag during a protest in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
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  • NPR's Tom Bowman, on 'Morning Edition'

Two more American military personnel were killed in Southern Afghanistan today when, officials believe, an Afghan civilian grabbed a weapon from an Afghan soldier and opened fire, NPR's Quil Lawrence reports from Kabul. At least one other attacker may also have been involved.

Quil adds that "we don't know yet whether this attack is linked to the Quran burnings, which set off so much violence — including the killing of four U.S. servicemen in the week that followed."

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7:18am

Thu March 1, 2012
Around the Nation

Even In Court, A Wallet Must Be Monitored

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:18 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A suspect in Iowa will not have to go far to find a jury of his peers. Jury selection was underway in a court in Waterloo when a potential juror left her wallet on a bench. She returned from a break and found cash missing. Witnesses and security cameras in the court led authorities to a suspect. The man was another potential jury member. Police arranged a court date for him in the same legal system he had been serving a short time before. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:25am

Thu March 1, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Reports of Storm Damage in Kentucky

Reports of damage have started to come in after a series of storms moved through Kentucky Wednesday, after causing extensive damage and several deaths in Illinois and Missouri earlier in the day. From Morgan County to Russell County, multiple tornadoes appear to have touched down in Kentucky. Officials in West Liberty reported several buildings damaged, the most serious a carpet store, which suffered extensive structural damage.

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5:14am

Thu March 1, 2012
The Commonwealth

Time Warner Purchases Insight

Time Warner Cable has completed its purchase of Insight Communications, and changes to branding and service will begin over the next few months. Time Warner paid $3 billion for Insight and will absorb more than three quarters of a million Insight customers in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Time Warner will soon begin putting its name in place of Insight’s on buildings, uniforms and customer mailings. Other changes will come later.

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5:12am

Thu March 1, 2012
All Politics are Local

Former Mine Security Chief Sentenced

A former Massey Energy official at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine has been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to investigators. Hughie Stover was the security chief at the mine in April 2010, when an explosion killed 29 coal miners. Besides lying to investigators, he was convicted of destroying thousands of documents after the disaster.

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4:00am

Thu March 1, 2012
Business

Bernanke: Economic Growth Is Uneven, Modest

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:18 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a prognosis from Ben Bernanke.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is back on Capitol Hill today, for a second day of testimony. He's speaking to Senators one day after he told House members that the economic recovery is, quote, "uneven and modest." He showed no sign of what his predecessor once called irrational exuberance.

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4:00am

Thu March 1, 2012
Business

Final Day For Greeks To Swap Drachmas For Euros

Beginning Friday, the Bank of Greece will stop exchanging drachma notes for euros. The deadline comes at an uncertain time for Greeks, who worry that their country's debt crisis could eventually force it out of the eurozone.

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