3:10pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Details A Heated Battle Between Miami Police, State Troopers

A screenshot of a dash-cam video.
Florida Highway Patrol

3:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Business

GM Tries To Quiet Concerns About Chevy Volt

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 6:27 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. General Motors is recalling the Chevy Volt - sort of. The company is asking Volt owners to bring in their hybrid electric cars for what it calls enhancements. The problem involves crash tests and fire.

NPR's Sonari Glinton explains.

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3:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Remembrances

Photographer Eve Arnold Dies At 99

Robert Siegel talks to Brigitte Lardinois, associate director photography at the University of the Arts in London, about the late photographer Eve Arnold whose work captured the lives of the rich and famous — and the down and out. Arnold died Wednesday at 99.

2:53pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds: Standardizing Electronic Health Payments Could Save $4.5 Billion

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 3:03 pm

Here's a twist. You know how you keep hearing that the Affordable Care Act is doing little more than raising health care costs?

Well, the Obama administration says a new rule it's issuing under the law could result in a savings of as much as $4.5 billion over the next decade.

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2:51pm

Thu January 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

Lawsuit for Alcohol Sales in Junction City

Beer has been on Junction City store shelves less than a month, but officials already face legal fire for allowing alcohol sales. Junction City resident Joseph O. Perry and Liquor Mart of Danville are suing the City Council, Mayor Jim Douglas and others for allegedly violating state laws that require fourth-class cities — the smallest allowed to sell alcohol — to have populations of at least 3,000. The lawsuit claims Junction City did not have the authority to hold a vote on alcohol sales because the city’s population is less than the benchmark.

2:30pm

Thu January 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

Lawmakers Take Up Cooper's Playhouse

One family's fight to keep a playhouse built for their disabled child against the wishes of their local homeowner's association has made its way to the state capitol. The case of three-year-old Cooper Veloudis' playhouse has drawn national attention and sparked online petitions. On Thursday, state lawmakers officially weighed in on the dispute, with Democratic state representative Richard Henderson sponsoring a bill some have dubbed "Cooper's Law."

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2:27pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Salt

What The Camembert Rind Does For The Cheese Inside

The downy white rind protects and keeps the inside of the cheese clean.
Lukas Gerber

For lovers of Camembert, the downy white rind is the tart bite that balances out the fat-laden, oozing, pungent layer inside.

For a group of Swiss bioengineers, that moldy rind is one of nature's greatest living surfaces, doing double duty as a shield and a cleaner. The rind allows the cheese's deep flavor and aroma to mature, but also defends it against microorganisms that could spoil it. The cheese repays the fungi on the rind by supplying it with nutrients.

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2:25pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Car Lands On Roof, Driver Charged With Hit-And-Run

That's not Santa's sleigh up there.
KFSN-TV, Fresno

This is why we created a category called The No-Way:

"A family in Northwest Fresno was stunned Wednesday morning to find a car on the roof of their apartment," KFSN-TV reports.

Police say a 26-year-old man who allegedly stole a car was apparently driving it way too fast when he missed a turn, went on to some rocks and the vehicle launched into the air.

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2:07pm

Thu January 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

Federal Funds for Low Income Heat Assistance

Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced the immediate distribution of $9.5 million in additional federal appropriations for Kentucky’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “The availability of home heating assistance is critical at this time of the year,” Beshear said in a press release issued by his office. “More funding means more Kentucky families can apply for assistance to stay warm during the colder months.”

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2:04pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Education

Band Director Accused of Selling Instruments

East Jessamine High School band director Rex Payton kept time during a marching-band rehearsal at the school Aug. 23, 2011. Payton is accused of selling school instruments online and has been suspended.
Jonathan Kleppinger/The Jessamine Journal

The band director at East Jessamine High School has been suspended during an investigation into claims he sold school instruments online for personal gain. Rex Payton is in his second year as director of the program and also has directed the band at West Jessamine High. Formal charges against him are expected in the next week, Nicholasville police Sgt. Scott Harvey said Thursday.

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