10:42am

Sun December 4, 2011
State Capitol

State Lawmaker: "Confederate Pension Must Go"

More than a half-century after the last Civil War veterans died, a chapter in Kentucky law still offers a $50-a-month pension to any veteran who can prove service in the Confederate Army. State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, pre-filed a bill to repeal Kentucky Revised Statutes chapter 206 on Confederate pensions. "There's so much stuff in the law that's a waste, that needs to be repealed." Koenig said.

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10:39am

Sun December 4, 2011
State Capitol

State Senator Says Expanded Gambling Bill's Passage Unlikely

Bowling Green’s state senator, Republican Mike Wilson, told the Daily News on Friday he’s still not optimistic that expanded gambling will become reality in Kentucky. Wilson’s comments came after Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday that he’s ready to raise the issue again in the General Assembly. Expanded gambling failed to move past the state Senate during Beshear’s first term.

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8:45am

Sun December 4, 2011
Animals

Name That Tune: Identifying Whale Songs For Science

Originally published on Sun December 4, 2011 12:34 pm

Marine biologists are turning to citizen scientists, sitting at home in front of their computers, to help unlock the secrets of whale songs.

In Pixar's aquatic adventure Finding Nemo, Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, attempts to communicate with a whale to find the missing title character. She speaks in a loud, slow drawl to the whale, but when that fails, she says, "Maybe a different dialect."

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8:26am

Sun December 4, 2011
Economy

How Europe's Troubles Could Become Ours Too

Originally published on Sun December 4, 2011 3:04 pm

Daniel Kryger, left, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. If the European Union can't agree on a plan, its debt crisis could lead to the kind of financial chaos that economists say surely would hurt the United States.
Richard Drew AP

This week, European leaders will huddle in intense meetings, trying to work out a comprehensive plan to solve crushing debt problems.

Higher stakes are hard to imagine.

If all goes well at a summit in Brussels, the political leaders will make an announcement Friday, spelling out their long-term commitment to a plan to loosen a choking tangle of debt troubles. If they can't agree on a plan, the EU debt crisis could lead to the kind of financial chaos that economists say surely would hurt the United States.

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8:00am

Sun December 4, 2011
World

Pakistan Awaits U.S. Apology Over Deaths

Originally published on Sun December 4, 2011 10:13 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

The U.S. relationship with Pakistan is in crisis after last weekend's deadly border incident in which NATO troops killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border. The Pakistanis have cut off a key NATO supply line to Afghanistan, and they refused to take part in an upcoming conference on Afghanistan, which begins tomorrow.

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8:00am

Sun December 4, 2011
Presidential Race

'Life Can Be A Challenge': Cain Suspends Run

Originally published on Sun December 4, 2011 10:13 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Herman Cain delivered his views to at Atlanta crowd of disappointed supporters.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

HERMAN CAIN: With a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD REACTION)

CORNISH: It was the last stop on the always unconventional journey for the former pizza chain CEO.

NPR's Tamara Keith has this look back at the Cain Train.

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8:00am

Sun December 4, 2011
Politics

Cain Out; Political Favor Shifts Toward Gingrich

Insurgent candidate Herman Cain suspended his campaign on Saturday. As Cain has fallen back, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has emerged as the leading alternative to one-time presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney. NPR's Mara Liasson talks with host Audie Cornish about the changing political climate.

8:00am

Sun December 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Historic Drug Bust Highlights Underground Network

More than 32 tons of marijuana were found last week in an underground tunnel along the U.S.-Mexico border. It was one of the largest pot busts in U.S. history. Host Audie Cornish talks with Derek Benner, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, about the tunnel they found and the seasonal aspects of the drug trade.

8:00am

Sun December 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Wash. Mine Cleanup Puts Retreat Center At Risk

Originally published on Sun December 4, 2011 10:13 am

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Now, to a tiny village here in the U.S. attempting to solve an environmental challenge. Nestled in the remote valley in Washington's Cascade Mountains, Holden Village is about to be flooded with hundreds of workers there to clean up the contaminated remains of an old copper mine.

Anna King, of the Northwest News Network, reports on what the cleanup will cost the town.

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8:00am

Sun December 4, 2011
Environment

Tough Work Lies Ahead In Climate Talks

In Durban, South Africa, thousands of men and women poured into the streets in front of the International Conference Center, where United Nations talks about climate change are taking place. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Richard Harris, who is at the conference.

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