Fri April 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Holy Hail! Photos, Videos Show Texas Storm's Fury; Drifts 4-Feet Deep

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 7:46 am

This photo provided by the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management shows Potter County firefighter Matt Dryden standing next to a wall of hail on Wednesday near Amarillo, Texas. The hail was pushed into drifts of up to 4-feet.

Photos and videos from Wednesday's hail storm that hit part of the Texas panhandle tell a pretty amazing story.

Nickel-sized hailstones fell so fast and so furiously that they were pushed into drifts that in some places ended up about 4-feet high.

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Fri April 13, 2012

Utah Man Has Titanic Interest In Ship's Sinking

Jeff Jensen got interested in the Titanic when he was just nine years old. Later, his father bought him a replica of the ship that was made from 50,000 matchsticks.


Fri April 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Echoes of America's Aboriginals

RICHARD BELL, Wewereherefirst, 2007, acrylic on canvas¬Ě, private collection, Brisbane, Australia,
Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

The struggles of Australia‚Äôs first residents mirror the experience of Native Americans.¬† A leading aboriginal artist brings his work this weekend to the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.¬† Another set of Australians are also in town, interpreting music written about the American Midwest.¬† And, ‚ÄúPortugal, The Man‚ÄĚ make a stop in Lexington that‚Äôs a pleasant surprise to Rich Copley.¬† The arts-culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader previews all three shows.


Fri April 13, 2012
Around the Nation

La. Town Named 'Boudin Capital Of The World'

Boudin is a Cajun specialty ‚ÄĒ sausage filled with rice, pork and herbs. And since Scott, La., is starting a Boudin festival, the state legislature crowned it the "Boudin Capital of the World." Nevermind there are two other Boudin capitals of the world. But Jennings, La., trumps them all. Years ago, it was crowned the "Boudin Capital of the Universe."


Fri April 13, 2012
State Capitol

Special Session Looming

Governor Beshear is expected to call the Kentucky legislature into special session this Monday.  It comes after another hectic and long last day of the regular 2012 session Thursday.   The governor says lawmakers will return to Frankfort early next week to take up the transportation budget bill and legislation to crack down on prescription drug abuse.

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Fri April 13, 2012

"I Don't Think We Can Beat" Hansen

Keeneland Race Course

A win this weekend in Lexington’s Bluegrass Stakes could make Hansen a favorite in the Kentucky Derby.  The Kentucky-bred is considered the two-year-old champion, winning the Breeders Cup Juvenile, the Gotham and an Eclipse Award.  Owner Kendall Hansen says his 6-5 favorite is ready to run.

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Fri April 13, 2012

Pakistan's Parliament Approves Steps For U.S. Ties



This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

In Pakistan, a joint session of parliament has unanimously passed list of tough demands regarding that country's relations with the U.S. They want to restrict the U.S. military presence in the country with demands the U.S. is likely to resist, like banning drone missile attacks. The new guidelines are all part of an effort by the parliament to redefine Pakistan's relations with the U.S. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from Islamabad.

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Thu April 12, 2012
Movie Reviews

An Inspiring Teacher, Exactly When He's Needed

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 5:55 pm

Mohamed Fellag, an Algerian comedian and humor writer, plays the title character in the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar, who steps in to teach a class of middle school students at exactly the right time.
Music Box Films

At the start of a bright, sunny day that seems otherwise like any other day, a popular teacher is found dead in her classroom. It was suicide.

The school is traumatized, especially that teacher's students. By the next day, the principal is at her wits' end trying to find someone willing to take the class. So when Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) offers to teach, it comes at just the right moment.

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Thu April 12, 2012

North Korean Rocket Launch Reportedly Fails

Robert Siegel talks to Louisa Lim in Seoul about North Korea's rocket launch on Friday morning.


Thu April 12, 2012
The Two-Way

In Interview, Zimmerman's Lawyer Says Trial Won't Happen In 2012

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara (left) stands with his client, George Zimmerman, at a hearing related to second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
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When he appeared in court on second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was accompanied by his new defense attorney, Mark O'Mara. Hours after the hearing, O'Mara told NPR that he doubts the case will go to trial in 2012.

But in the meantime, O'Mara tells Tell Me More host Michel Martin, he'd like to get his client out of jail.

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