Sheryl Rich-Kern has been contributing stories for NHPR since 2006, covering education, social services, business, health care and an occasional quirky yarn that epitomizes life in New Hampshire. Sheryl’s Challenges of Autism series won the first place award for a feature story from the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

 

In addition to producing news for NHPR, Sheryl has filed stories for Word of Mouth, as well the nationally-syndicated Environment Report, All Things Considered and Marketplace. She also writes for several business magazines.

 

3:03am

Tue May 1, 2012
National Security

After Bin Laden, al-Qaida Still Present As Movement

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 8:16 am

Thousands of Somalis gathered at a militant-organized demonstration on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaida, which was announced in February by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
AP

A year ago Tuesday, Navy SEALs attacked Osama bin Laden's secret compound in Pakistan and may have fundamentally changed al-Qaida as we know it.

The Obama administration's top counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, spoke Monday in Washington, D.C., and seemed on the precipice of talking about the terrorist group in the past tense.

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2:59am

Tue May 1, 2012
Business

N.H. To The Unemployed: Try An Unpaid Internship

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:47 am

Electropac in Manchester, N.H., is among the companies participating in the state's unpaid internship program.
Sheryl Rich-Kern for NPR

Electropac, a firm that makes printed circuit boards in New Hampshire, once had 500 paid employees. Today, it has 34. But thanks to a state program for the unemployed, it also now offers unpaid internships.

Across the country, unpaid internships are on the rise for older adults looking to change careers or rebound from layoffs. In New Hampshire, a state-run program encourages the unemployed to take six-week internships at companies with the hope of getting a permanent job.

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2:57am

Tue May 1, 2012
Business

Discovering The True Cost Of At-Home Caregiving

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Maryland resident Ida Christian, 89, began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in 2009. Her condition demands around-the-clock care.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Walk through any nursing home, and your first thought might be: "I need to take care of Mom myself."

Few people want to turn over a loved one to institutional care. No matter how good the nursing home, it may seem cold and impersonal — and very expensive. But making the choice to provide care yourself is fraught with financial risks and personal sacrifices.

Those who become full-time caregivers often look back and wish they had taken the time to better understand the financial position they would be getting themselves into.

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12:01am

Tue May 1, 2012
Track Tech

Track Tech: Not Missing the Boat, Again

Track officials hope smart phone apps will help in the recruitment of younger fans.
Keeneland Race Course

During the Triple Crown events, thoroughbred horse racing commands a national audience. But three Saturdays a year can’t support an industry that was once the most popular sport in America.  WEKU’s Jacalyn Carfagno tells us how racing hopes to regain its audience.

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8:14pm

Mon April 30, 2012
All Politics are Local

6th District Republican candidates on Ky. Tonight

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 6th Congressional District Republican primary.  The program, which airs on KET Monday night at 8:00, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU stations.

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7:02pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Music Interviews

How To Break Up With Attitude, According To Norah Jones

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 8:38 am

Norah Jones' latest album is called Little Broken Hearts.
Frank Ockenfels Courtesy of the artist

More than 10 years ago, Norah Jones hit the national stage with her melancholic love song "Don't Know Why," in the process selling millions of copies of her debut album and becoming a Grammy winner.

But Jones' new album is different. She may sound like a fragile performer, but don't get her wrong: At 33, she's recorded a breakup album with attitude.

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6:58pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Protests Planned Across The United States To Mark May Day

The Occupy movement will try to regain the momentum it created last fall.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

A collection of activists — from labor unions to immigrant rights groups — are planning protests across the country tomorrow to mark May Day.

Of course, the highest profile organization is Occupy Wall Street, which has called for a "general strike" and says events are planned in 135 U.S. cities.

Here's how the movement describes its plans on its website:

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6:19pm

Mon April 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama 'Forward' Video: President's Case For Re-Election In A Nutshell

A video released Monday by President Obama's re-election campaign looks a whole lot like an abridged version of something you might expect to see in a prime-time slot at the Democratic National Convention.

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6:10pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

More Than 100 Dead In India After Ferry Capsizes

More than 100 people are dead after an overcrowded river ferry sank in India today. The AFP reports the ferry sank after being split into two by a storm.

The AFP adds that about 100 others were missing:

"As rescuers struggled in heavy rain to find survivors weeping relatives lined the shores of the fast-flowing Brahmaputra river in Assam state, desperate for news of family members on board the vessel.

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