1:16pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Major College Football Edges Closer To Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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12:50pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Groups Allowed to Intervene in Pollution Settlement

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled environmental groups and citizens may intervene in a lawsuit against a coal mining company. The Supreme Court’s ruling upholds Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s decision to let environmental groups intervene in the case. The groups—which include Appalachian Voices and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth—wanted a voice in the case, because they oppose a settlement reached between the state and Frasure Creek Mining for violations of the Clean Water Act in eastern Kentucky.

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12:41pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

Beshear Increases Accessibility to Safe Anesthesia

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that Kentucky has exercised its option to increase its citizens’ access to safe, high-quality anesthesia by giving more flexibility to providers in delivering anesthesia services. In a letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Beshear said Kentucky is exempting certain facilities from a federal requirement that certified nurse anesthetists be supervised by a physician. This change will give many hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers greater flexibility in the use of anesthesia providers and improve operating room efficiency without affecting quality of care.

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12:40pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Private Park Land Possibilities

The future face of urban parks could give a slightly different meaning to the phrase ‘green space.   More of that “space” could be privately financed.  Parks in cities like Lexington are publicly supported and maintained.  But another p-word, private, could be used to describe parks of the future.  Such a space now exists in Louisville, with its ‘Parklands of Floyd’s Fork’ project.  The aim is to develop and link four parks with land mostly bought with private funds.

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12:34pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

Economy Discussed at East Kentucky Leadership Conference

Set up a permanent endowment to fund projects in Eastern Kentucky's coal counties. Improve access to broadband Internet service. Provide clean water to every resident. Use biomass grown on old surface mines to generate power. Those were a few of the ideas discussed Thursday at the annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference, held this year in Prestonsburg. It was an exercise in coming up with ideas to transform the economy of Eastern Kentucky, home to the largest cluster of counties in Appalachia classified as economically "distressed" by federal officials.

12:19pm

Fri April 27, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, April 26, 2012

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 4:12 pm

Jim Cole AP
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Mitt Romney sweeps five primaries and all but locks up the GOP nomination. Even Newt Gingrich agrees Romney is the presumptive nominee. More veepstakes speculation on Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Two centrist House Democrats bite the dust in Pennsylvnaia, while Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch lives to fight another day.

NPR's Ken Rudin and guest host Mara Liasson have the latest political news in this week's roundup.

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11:59am

Fri April 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Work Is Messing Up Your Sleep

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:24 pm

One-third of workers say they're seriously short on sleep.
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It's no secret that Americans are short on sleep. But there's been disagreement as to why. A new study says here's one big reason: work.

An analysis from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health asked people where they're working, and how much they sleep. The more people work, the less sleep they're likely to get. And some jobs are much less sleep-friendly than others. Sort of saw those coming, even through our bleary eyes.

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11:59am

Fri April 27, 2012
Race

Korean Store Owner On Arming Himself For Riots

The Los Angeles riots stunned the nation in 1992, claiming more than 50 lives in that city. As the unrest approached Koreatown, store owner Kee Whan Ha mobilized his fellow business owners to arm themselves and defend their property. Host Michel Martin talks with him about the riots, and the neighborhood today.

11:59am

Fri April 27, 2012
Race

Rodney King: 'Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right'

The beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers sparked the chain of events that led to the deadly L.A. riots 20 years ago this weekend. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rodney King about his memories of the riots, the beating, and his new book, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.

11:59am

Fri April 27, 2012
World

Charles Taylor Verdict Spurs Anger From Liberians

In an historic judgment, the UN-backed court at The Hague found Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, guilty of war crimes. He was convicted of abetting murder, rape, and the forced enlistment of child soldiers during Sierra Leone's civil war. Host Michel Martin talks about reactions in Liberia and Sierra Leone with journalist Tamasin Ford.

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