5:02pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Teenagers' Latest Bad Idea: Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 9:50 am

Keep the sanitizer on your hands and out of your mouth.
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Teenagers can be pretty creative in their pursuit of a cheap buzz. Last month we reported on the "cinnamon challenge," which involves snarfing down a spoonful of the powdered spice.

Now we've got teens quaffing hand sanitizer, and ending up sick in the ER.

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4:50pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Trayvon Martin's Mother: Committed To Getting Justice, If It Takes 'Rest Of My Life'

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks as Trayvon's father Traci Martin listens.
Alex Wong Getty Images

"My focus is getting justice for Trayvon, if it takes me the rest of my life. I am dedicated and committed to getting justice, so I can wait a year."

That's what Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, told Tell Me More's Michel Martin today, when Michel raised the potential that the trial against George Zimmerman could go on for a year.

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4:48pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Salt

The Cuban Sandwich Crisis Has A Winner: Tampa

The winning Cuban from Tampa, in all its cheesy, salty glory.
Scott Finn for NPR

After an admirable effort by the upstart Miami Cuban community, the people have chosen Tampa as the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

More than 7,200 people voted here at The Salt, and the results speak for themselves: 57 percent chose Tampa, 43 percent went for Miami as the first city of the Cuban sandwich.

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4:26pm

Wed April 25, 2012
U.S.

Senate Passes Plan To Keep Post Offices Running

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 8:28 pm

Hikers arrive at the post office in Caratunk, Maine, in 2011. Some of the rural post offices the U.S. Postal Service may close are relied on by Appalachian Trail hikers for supply drops on their trip from Georgia to Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

The U.S. Postal Service is so much a part of this country, it's in the Constitution. And yet with so much written communication now delivered via email, text messages and the Internet, the Postal Service is steadily losing business and operating in the red.

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4:24pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Music Reviews

The Sound Man Behind The Soul Of The Nation's Capital

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 10:07 pm

Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production (the cover detail of the album is above) revisits the influence of producer Robert Williams on the 1970s soul scene in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of the artist

Most people wouldn't think of Washington, D.C., as one of R&B's great cities. Despite the fact that soul music greats Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack grew up in D.C. neighborhoods, the city never had the equivalent of Detroit's Berry Gordy and Motown, or Memphis' Willie Mitchell and Hi Records. But in the early 1970s, D.C. did have producer Robert Williams and his Red, Black and Green Productions. A new compilation album called Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production revisits Williams' influence on the sound of R&B in D.C.

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4:18pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Green Initiatives Gain Momentum in Schools

Rosa Parks Elementary School in Lexington was one of three Kentucky schools awarded the federal Green Ribbon designation for its work on sustainability issues this week. But a trend toward environmental awareness is gathering momentum in schools across the county. When it comes to green issues, Rosa Parks Elementary is leading the way. Tresine Logsdon, Energy and Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools, says earning a green ribbon takes a multifaceted approach.

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4:14pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Business

The Wal-Mart Dilemma: When Is A Payment A Bribe?

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:10 am

A shopper examines produce at a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City. Wal-Mart's expansion into Mexico has been a major success, but its business practices have raised new questions.
Daniel Aguilar Getty Images

Allegations that Wal-Mart officials in Mexico paid local authorities to speed up permits to build new stores could result in a trial and a huge financial penalty under a U.S. anti-corruption law. But legal experts who spoke to NPR have their doubts it will ever come to that.

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4:13pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Sues State

Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider is suing the state and two major managed care operators (MCO) for failing to manage the new privatized Medicaid system. Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which provides a majority of the healthcare services to eastern Kentucky (locations noted on map), may soon lack adequate protection against high medical costs.

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4:09pm

Wed April 25, 2012
State Capitol

Instant Racing Slots Ruling Due by Summer

A decision is expected within six weeks over whether Instant Racing is legal in Kentucky. The state’s Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case today. Instant Racing is a slots-like game that Kentucky racetracks hope to use to boost race purses. But the Family Foundation of Kentucky says the game isn’t pari-mutuel betting like horse racing, but instead is closer to a slot machine.

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4:05pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Commonwealth

New Jessamine Law Targets Underage Drinking

Jessamine County officials will hold a forum for the public next week to explain provisions of the county's "social host ordinance," which makes it a misdemeanor for adults to hold parties where underage drinking occurs. The Jessamine County Health Department and several other agencies are jointly holding the session, which is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at West Jessamine High School.

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