Thu March 1, 2012
State Capitol

300 Firms Attend Ohio River Bridges Meeting

LOUISVILLE – Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday welcomed more than 600 professionals representing more than 300 companies to the first step in selecting the team that will build the downtown portion of the long-awaited Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. “The Bridges Project is about improving safety and mobility for the citizens of this region,” Beshear said in a statement. “But make no mistake: the Bridges Project means jobs – thousands of good-paying jobs.”

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Thu March 1, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Utilities Lowers Herrington Lake level

Herrington Lake is about to have a little taken off the top. Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said most people who live on or around the lake are accustomed to watching the water level rise and fall due to KU’s manipulations. This time, 5 feet need to go to restore the lake to the preferred “winter pool” level. Herrington Lake covers 36,000 acres with coves and fingers reaching into Garrard, Mercer and Boyle counties. The lake was created as the result of a KU project in the 1920s when the utility dammed the Dix River for hydroelectric power.

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Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Senate Says No To Challenge Of Obama's Birth Control Policy

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:21 pm

By a 51-48 vote, the Senate just set aside an effort to reverse the Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide health insurance plans that cover the cost of women's contraception methods.

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Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Activist: 'It's Snowing And We're Shaking Here'

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:22 pm

According to activists inside and outside Syria, the government's 27-day siege against the opposition stronghold of Baba Amr has now succeeded. Initial reports suggest that forces are entering this neighborhood in the city of Homs, but details are sketchy at best because most of the reporters and citizen journalists covering the story have either fled or died.

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Thu March 1, 2012

It's High Concept, But Will It Keep You 'Awake'?

In the new NBC drama Awake, Jason Issacs plays Michael Britten, a man who survives a car accident along with one of his loved ones — but which one?
Michael Desmond NBC

The premise of NBC's new detective series, Awake, is about as high concept as it gets. Jason Isaacs, one of the leads of Showtime's Brotherhood, stars as Michael Britten, who survives a horrible car crash intact. Well, his body is intact — but his mind, or at least his subconscious, is split.

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Thu March 1, 2012
It's All Politics

In Delegate Race, Romney's Victories Amount To Less Than Meets The Eye

Mitt Romney had a big night Tuesday — with victories in two states over insurgent Rick Santorum, thereby increasing his margin over Santorum by ... six delegates?

As improbable as it might seem, the combination of Michigan's delegate allocation rule and Arizona's rule-violating winner-take-all contest could mean that Romney's twin victories provide him little ultimate benefit — and highlight again the dual-track GOP primary campaign season.

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Thu March 1, 2012

Americans Detained In Egypt Now Allowed To Leave

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:18 pm



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Renee Montagne. American democracy activists held in Egypt are headed home today. The nongovernmental organizations whose employees were being held confirmed that the travel ban had been lifted. The workers were being held in Egypt on charges of fomenting unrest. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in Cairo, and she joins us now on the line.

Soraya, how many people are leaving Egypt altogether - I mean Americans?

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Thu March 1, 2012

An Inuit Builder Crafts His Last Canoe

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 5:25 pm

Goudie's last canoe hangs next to the form used to mold the wood. The unfinished canoe is weighted down with sandbags to keep the canvas taut.
Emma Jacobs

In a remote corner of northern Canada, Joe Goudie is at work on his very last boat for sale.

The Inuit community in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador once used wood and canvas canoes to navigate the rivers of Labrador.

Goudie, 72, is Inuit, but grew up as that tradition was drawing to a close.

Today, he's the last person building wooden canoes in this corner of Canada.

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Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Detained Americans On Their Way Out Of Egypt

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:28 pm

  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on 'Morning Edition'

Seven American democracy advocates who had been prevented for weeks from leaving Egypt and were accused of being there illegally are now on their way out of the country, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Cairo.

"They are walking through security in the VIP terminal at the Cairo Airport," she just said in an email to our Newscast desk.

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Thu March 1, 2012
Author Interviews

Masha Gessen: How Vladimir Putin Rose To Power

Media suppression, corruption and the murder of political rivals have marked the regime of Vladimir Putin, who is running for his third term as president in Russia's election next week. Despite mass demonstrations, he's expected to win.

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