6:22am

Mon August 13, 2012
State Capitol

Governor Shocked by Sudden Death of Chief of Staff

Mike Haydon, Governor Beshear’s chief of staff passed away over the weekend.  In a statement, the governor said ‘Jane and I are shocked and devastated by the sudden death of my chief of staff and good friend, Mike Hayden.’   The Lexington Herald reports Hayden suffered a heart attack.  The 62 year old Hayden spent more than 30 years in public service at both the state and local level.

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5:39am

Mon August 13, 2012
Europe

Norway To Issue Report On 2011 Shooting Rampage

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:52 am

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4:23am

Mon August 13, 2012
Election 2012

How Ryan Got His Footing In Conservative Politics

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:54 am

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4:23am

Mon August 13, 2012
Analysis

Ryan Pick Was A Bold Choice For Romney Campaign

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:43 am

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For more on this big weekend in politics, we turn to Cokie Roberts for some analysis. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

MONTAGNE: So we just heard in Ari's piece the excitement Paul Ryan is generating among the Republican faithful. Is that partly why Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate, to generate some of the kind of enthusiasm that has been missing from his own campaign?

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4:23am

Mon August 13, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:26 am

Researchers used economic principles to predict which countries would win the most medals at the London Olympic Games. The study was 95 percent accurate for the 2008 games. And this time around, it was 97.7 percent accurate.

4:23am

Mon August 13, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:52 am

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NPR's business news starts with a spike in gas prices.

Gasoline prices jumped 18 cents over the last couple of weeks. That's the biggest increase so far this year. The Lundberg Survey shows that heading into the weekend, the national average price of a gallon of self-serve was $3.69. Now, analysts say the spike is in part because of some refinery and pipeline issues around the country.

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4:23am

Mon August 13, 2012
Middle East

Egypt's Military Chiefs Dismissed By New President

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:46 am

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Egypt's first freely elected president made history there Sunday by confronting the military power structure. Mohammed Morsi forced top military leaders into retirement and shifted the balance of power to the civilian government. Analysts called it the boldest and most unexpected move of Morsi's fledgling presidency. NPR's Leila Fadel has the story from Cairo.

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3:31am

Mon August 13, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 4:23 am

In this photo released by SkyandTelescope.com, a Perseid meteor flashes across the constellation Andromeda on Aug. 12, 1997.
Rick Scott and Joe Orman AP

NPR science correspondent Joe Palca is on a mission this summer to answer the deep, burning questions of summertime. So far he's taught us how to build a campfire, explained the best way to roast a perfect marshmallow and explored the icy mystery of brain freeze.

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3:30am

Mon August 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicaid Fight Reinvigorated With Political Light On Health Care

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 9:57 am

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to piles of the health care overhaul legislation during a markup hearing before the U.S. House Budget Committee last year in Washington, D.C.
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The addition of Rep. Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket is certain to elevate health care as a campaign issue this fall.

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3:29am

Mon August 13, 2012
Europe

Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:51 pm

One of the latest additions to Poland's growing luxury goods market, the Wolf Bracka department store, beckons shoppers in the heart of the Polish capital, Warsaw. The country's economy continues to grow, but Poles are anxiously watching the crisis in the eurozone.
Czarek Sokolowski AP

One factor that has kept Poland somewhat insulated from the eurozone crisis is domestic consumer spending. Poland had more than 4 percent growth last year while the rest of the continent was mired in negative or flat growth. Poles have more discretionary income than ever before, and they're using it to buy things in swank malls cropping up all over the country.

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