Mon February 27, 2012
Kentuckians at War

New Military Financial Manual Out

Managing personal finances can present unique challenges… especially to military families.  Kentucky’s Department of Financial Institutions is offering a revised ‘Financial Field Manual’ to those families.  State spokeswoman Kelly May says it’s meant to help military families steer clear of scams.

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Sun February 26, 2012

'Hallwalkers': The Ghosts Of The State Department

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:46 am

Peter Van Buren says that although the State Department approved his book, State officials retaliated against him once it was published.
Torie Partridge

The halls of the State Department are haunted, not by actual ghosts, but by people who might as well be ghosts: whistleblowers, people who angered someone powerful and people who for one reason or another, can't be fired.

"People like me, that the State Department no longer wants, but for some reason can't or won't fire, are assigned to what we call 'hallwalking,'" says author Peter Van Buren.

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Sun February 26, 2012
Presidential Race

Energy Fuels Newt Gingrich's Comeback Plan

Republican candidate Newt Gingrich is counting on his promise of $2.50-per-gallon gas to return him to front-runner status.
Evan Vucci AP

When voters in Michigan go the polls Tuesday, it's unlikely many will tick the box for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In part, that's because Gingrich has all but written off the state, leaving his opponents to fight over it.

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Sun February 26, 2012

What Happens If The Keystone XL Pipeline Isn't Built?

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:56 am

A mock oil pipeline near Cushing, Okla.
Brent Baughman/NPR

Part two of a two-part series on the Keystone XL pipeline

Gas isn't like a rare bottle of wine that fetches a high price just because it's rare. But at the same time, no one can agree what drives gas prices. Demand for gasoline in the U.S. is at its lowest point in more than a decade; domestic oil production is at an eight-year high.

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Sun February 26, 2012
Author Interviews

How Sugar Brought An End to Hawaii's Nationhood

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:40 am


If you've seen a Hawaiian tourism commercial, a beach movie, or even a cartoon with Daffy Duck in a lei and a grass skirt, you've heard the poignant strains of "Aloha Oe."

But the tune has a history stretching far beyond cartoons and commercials: It was composed in 1878 by the woman who would become the last queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani.

Hawaii is the only state to have once been an independent monarchy. And when Lili'u, as she called herself, was born in 1838, it was at its height.

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Sun February 26, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Fire Investigation at Black Mountain

Firefighters were busy Friday afternoon carrying items from inside the Black Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. One firefighter carried a cross from the church to put in a safe place outside.
Debbie Caldwell/Harlan Daily Enterprise

A house was destroyed by fire at Black Mountain on Friday, and within an hour, a church was burning no more than 200 yards away. The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fires, and according to sheriff Marvin Lipfird, he has a suspect. “Because of the quick action by several fire departments and the diligent effort by the firefighters, they were able to contain the fire in the church,” Lipfird said.


Sun February 26, 2012
Business and the Economy

Lincoln Birthplace is Economic Success

A new study issued by the National Park Service shows Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace is not just a draw for tourists. It is also a source of local economic success. The study, “Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010” found visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville spent more than $6 million in local communities in 2010. The study estimates the spending generated roughly 97 jobs.


Sun February 26, 2012
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul Speaks at Town Hall Meeting

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at a Town Hall meeting in at the Calvin Perry Community Center in Alexandria. About 200 people attended the event.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul looked out at the 200 people assembled in a gymnasium in Alexandria and said the tea party might play just as big of a role this election as it did two years ago. Paul, R-Bowling Green, on Friday spoke to tea party supporters in Alexandria and business leaders in Covington. While in town, he downplayed recent talk of him being a vice presidential candidate on Mitt Romney’s ticket. No one has asked him, Paul said, but he’s flattered people would consider him. Paul, however, has not given up hope his father, Ron Paul, will pick up enough delegates.


Sun February 26, 2012

Money Ends College Sport's Oldest Rivalries

The Kansas Jayhawks staged a dramatic comeback Saturday to defeat the Missouri Tigers 87-86. Never mind the exciting finish; this may the last time these two teams ever meet.

And it's not the only feud ending this season. College sports has now bid farewell to three of its very oldest rivalries.

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Sun February 26, 2012

Vote In Senegal Threatens Democratic Reputation

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 11:20 am



This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In West Africa, the people of Senegal are voting for their new president today after days of violent street protests. The sitting president, 85-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, has been in power for 12 years, and he is seeking a third term in office. His opposition rivals say that's illegal, and they insist the president must go now.

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