6:24am

Wed February 15, 2012
State Capitol

Bill's Eye: Gambling Amendment Introduced

The wait is over! A 131-word constitutional amendment to expand gambling in Kentucky was announced this morning by Republican Senator Damon Thayer and Democratic Governor Steve Beshear. Let the war of words on the expansion of casino-style gambling in the Commonwealth begin. Here is an excerpt released this morning from the governor’s press office: “We’ve been debating this issue in Frankfort for more than 15 years. The citizens of our state are clamoring to have their voices heard,” Gov. Beshear said. “Two recent polls show more than 80 percent of Kentuckians want to cast a ballot on gaming. Are we going to listen to them or not?”

6:22am

Wed February 15, 2012
Africa

Snapping Sea Lion Takes Aim At Shakira

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 1:31 pm

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6:10am

Wed February 15, 2012
World

Warm Canadian Winter Thaws Outdoor Fun

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5:30am

Wed February 15, 2012
State Capitol

Senate President's Take on Tax Reform

Kentucky Senate President David Williams has several criticisms for Governor Steve Beshear's recently-appointed tax commission.  Williams proposed creating such a commission during his bid for governor last year. But says Beshear’s commission lacks the guidance and experience to change Kentucky’s tax code. The Senate President says the majority of the commission is made up of Beshear’s friends and political allies.

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4:00am

Wed February 15, 2012
Europe

Financial Crisis Takes A Toll On Greece's Aesthetics

The Greece debt crisis has forced the country to look to the eurozone for a bailout. But Greece is looking less and less like part of Europe. In the capital Athens, they are still cleaning up from the weekend riots. Even in its tourist precincts, the area is shabby and covered with graffiti.

4:00am

Wed February 15, 2012
NPR Story

Israel Blames Iran For Shadow War On Israelis

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 8:46 am

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We're following several developments in Iran's confrontation with the west. President Obama's administration is talking of even stricter sanctions against Iran's financial system. That's part of an effort to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

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4:00am

Wed February 15, 2012
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Business News

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have business news.

4:00am

Wed February 15, 2012
NPR Story

Congress May Skip Payroll Tax Showdown This Time Around

Congress appears to have avoided another showdown over the payroll tax reduction that has been pumping billions of dollars back into the economy. There may even be a deal ahead on jobless benefits and payments to Medicare doctors.

The last time Congress extended the payroll tax holiday was in December, when it passed a two-month extension tied to two other measures. One extended unemployment benefits, and the second fixed a formula by which Medicare doctors are paid. The Medicare fix would stop big cuts in reimbursements for doctors.

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12:01am

Wed February 15, 2012
The Salt

Coming Soon To Your Grocery Aisle: Organic Food From Europe

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 7:46 pm

Edgar Jaime (right) and his brother Jose Luis unload organic vegetables from their farm in Santa Monica, Calif. Now that U.S. and European organic standards are equivalent, more American organic farmers will be able to export to Europe.
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If you buy organic products, your options may be about to expand. The U.S. and the European Union are announcing that they will soon treat each other's organic standards as equivalent. In other words, if it's organic here, it's also organic in Europe, and vice versa. Organic food companies are cheering because their potential markets just doubled.

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12:01am

Wed February 15, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Activists Live Stream Their Revolution

Activists say this image, taken from a video uploaded to YouTube, shows Syrians outside a field hospital in Homs last week.
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Syrian troops have fired rockets and mortars at neighborhoods in the city of Homs that have most fiercely resisted the government throughout the uprising.

Mainstream journalists are barred from entering Homs, so a team of activists decided to record the offensive themselves. The activists positioned their cameras atop buildings in the city. Each morning the view is blue sky, a minaret, a sea of rooftops. Then come the booms.

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