Tue December 6, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky's "Rosie the Riveter"

Lela Sizemore Byrd helped build B-24 bombers during World War II.
Georgetown News-Graphic

SADIEVILLE -- She was 17, a mountain girl from Perry County on a weekend visit to her father's Leslie County sawmill when a relative brought Lela Sizemore the news. "I was outside with a brother when somebody came out and told us Pearl Harbor had been bombed," 87-year-old Lela Sizemore Byrd said Monday.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Gunman Wounds Three Lawmen

Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy, LyDon Logan, leads the department's K-9 Kane away from the scene of a shooting Monday night in Hanson. Kane's handler, Deputy Jamie Lampton was wounded, along with two other officers.
Jim Pearson The Messenger

One man is dead and two Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputies and a Kentucky State Police trooper were wounded in a shootout at a Hanson residence Monday night. The incident began when police responded to a suicide threat at a residence. After negotiating with the man, Dustin Barnes, 25, he emerged from the house and began firing a shotgun. Police returned fire wounding Barnes, who later died from his injuries.

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Tue December 6, 2011


Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Before Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Comparisons, Read TR's Words

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 3:01 pm

Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States serving from 1901 to 1909.
National Archives Getty Images

As NPR's Scott Horsley reported for Morning Edition:

"President Obama will try Tuesday to follow in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt when he delivers an economic speech in Osawatomie, Kan., the same city where Roosevelt issued a famous call for a 'New Nationalism' more than 100 years ago.

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Tue December 6, 2011
Science and Tech

Tobacco Research Funding in a Smoke Free Environment

A veteran state lawmaker from a tobacco rich region is noticing more and more interest in making Kentucky communities smoke free.  Senator Joey Pendleton has represented a heavy tobacco growing area in western Kentucky for years.  He's gone to bat for farmers as they see dwindling income due to dropping cigarette sales.  Still, Pendleton sees a statewide anti-smoking trend.

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Tue December 6, 2011
Strange News

After A City Council Meeting On Civility, A Fight

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 8:21 am



Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Things got ugly at a city council meeting in Gardner, Kansas. Councilman Dennis Pugh told a fellow council member to shut up, then stormed out.

Pugh later drove to the councilman's house, where he tackled him and took his video camera. Now charged with battery, Pugh has resigned. The dispute began at a meeting to discuss whether videotaping council meetings would add civility.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.


Tue December 6, 2011
Strange News

Beer Sustains Man Stranded In Snow For 3 Days

A Nome, Alaska, man went on a long drive and got stuck in a snowbank with no provisions — except cans of beer, frozen solid. Rescuers found him alive three days later. He had cut the lids off the beer and eaten the stuff like cans of beans.


Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 9:13 am

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

The complicated effort to assign blame for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history took another legal twist Monday when BP went to court to accuse Halliburton of "destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well," The Associated Press writes.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Coal Company To Pay More Than $200 Million In W. Va. Disaster

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 3:33 pm

(1:45 p.m. ET: We've retopped this post with the latest news and put earlier entries in chronological order so you can see how the story developed.)

The owner of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine where 29 men died in an explosion last year has agreed to a nearly $210 million settlement that will compensate the victims' families, pay fines and fund upgrades in safety standards at its facilities, NPR's Howard Berkes reports from Charleston, W. Va.

That package includes about $46 million for the miners' families.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Dozens Of Bodies Scattered After Deadly Bombings In Afghanistan

A man grieves as others try to help victims and remove bodies from the scene in Kabul earlier today (Nov. 6, 2011) after a suicide bomb exploded in a crowd of Shiite worshipers.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomb detonated today in the midst of a crowd of Shiite worshipers in Kabul has left about 50 people dead. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports from there that witnesses say dozens of bodies were scattered around the gate of a mosque.

Al-Jazeera says the Afghan ministry of health reports more than 100 people were injured.

Another four people were reportedly killed and more were injured in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif by a similar attack. Al-Jazeera adds that:

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