12:32pm

Tue February 14, 2012
All Politics are Local

WEKU Reports: Military Budgets in the Crosshairs

US Army photo

Unless Congress intervenes, current law makes deep cuts in defense spending inevitable.  It will hit some states hard, but probably not Kentucky.

You know everybody in the military, especially in the military, is concerned about where the sequestration is going to go,” said Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-KY.

Wednesday, during Morning Edition, the impact of budget cuts on Kentucky’s military-industrial complex.

12:09pm

Tue February 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Boeing Closes $22.4 Billion Deal With Lion Air

An artist rendering depicts a Boeing 737 MAX 9. Lion Air of Indonesia has agreed to become the first commercial customer for the plane.
Boeing

When your products sell for more than $80 million, selling one of them is a big deal. Selling hundreds of them in one deal means they're probably feeling pretty good over at Boeing right now. The aircraft company has finalized a deal to sell 230 jets to Lion Air of Indonesia, with a total list price of $22.4 billion — a record for Chicago-based Boeing.

The deal, which was first announced in November during President Obama's multi-country tour of Asia, includes 201 737 MAX jets and 29 of Boeing's extended range 737-900ERs.

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11:49am

Tue February 14, 2012
All Politics are Local

Funding Kentucky's Military-Industrial Complex

US Army photo

Unless Congress intervenes, current law makes deep cuts in defense spending inevitable. It will hit some states hard, but probably not Kentucky.

"You know everybody in the military, especially in the military, is concerned about where the sequestration is going to go,” admits Rep. Brett Guthrie, 

During Wednesday's Morning Edition, the impact of budget cuts on Kentucky’s military-industrial complex, on 88-9 WEKU

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11:49am

Tue February 14, 2012
All Politics are Local

Funding Kentucky's Military-Industrial Complex

US Army photo

Unless Congress intervenes, current law makes deep cuts in defense spending inevitable. It will hit some states hard, but probably not Kentucky.

"You know everybody in the military, especially in the military, is concerned about where the sequestration is going to go,” admits Rep. Brett Guthrie, 

During Wednesday's Morning Edition, the impact of budget cuts on Kentucky’s military-industrial complex, on 88-9 WEKU

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11:31am

Tue February 14, 2012
The Commonwealth

I-64 Bridge Might Reopen this Month

The Indiana Department of Transportation says Louisville's Sherman Minton Bridge could reopen about a week earlier than the original March 1 deadline. Workers are nearly finished installing steel reinforcement plates on the 50 year old bridge. The span has been closed since September 9, when a crack was discovered in a load-bearing support beam. Officials say striping crews will be out this week restoring ramp configurations along the detour routes. The Sherman Minton Bridge reinforcement work is being conducted by Louisville-based Hall Contracting.

11:20am

Tue February 14, 2012
Author Interviews

The History Of The FBI's Secret 'Enemies' List

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 12:16 pm

J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI. He introduced fingerprinting and forensic techniques to the crime-fighting agency, and pushed for stronger federal laws to punish criminals who strayed across state lines. He also kept secret files on more than 20,000 Americans he deemed "subversive."
Anonymous Library of Congress

Four years after Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tim Weiner published Legacy of Ashes, his detailed history of the CIA, he received a call from a lawyer in Washington, D.C.

"He said, 'I've just gotten my hands on a Freedom of Information Act request that's 26 years old for [FBI Director] J. Edgar Hoover's intelligence files. Would you like them?' " Weiner tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And after a stunned silence, I said, 'Yes, yes.' "

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11:11am

Tue February 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Can Congress Ever Restore Payroll Taxes To Their Usual Levels?

House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (right) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), said Monday they would vote to extend the payroll tax cut.
Zhang Jun Xinhua /Landov

Republicans rarely meet a tax cut that they don't like. Now that they have found one, they are finding it politically impossible to stop it.

On Tuesday, President Obama called on Congress to extend a 2 percentage point reduction in payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The cut, enacted last year, is otherwise set to expire at the end of the month.

The current cut means a savings of about $20 a week to a worker who earns $50,000 a year and about $2,000 a year to someone making $100,000.

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10:52am

Tue February 14, 2012
The Salt

DIY Willy Wonka Turns Home Into Chocolate Factory

Ben Rasmussen pours tempered chocolate into a tray, where it will harden into a finished bar.
Potomac Chocolate

Some people fill their workshops with sawdust and power tools; Ben Rasmussen built a chocolate factory in his.

Actually, "factory" might be too big a word for the Woodbridge, Va. operation, which Rasmussen says is "absurdly small." But it's a step up from his kitchen, where his Potomac Chocolate – one of the smallest chocolate companies in the U.S. – was born.

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10:37am

Tue February 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

States Vary On What They Allow Midwives To Do

Midwife Erin Fullam, left, takes care of Shannon Earle and her new baby Kiera. Daughter Riana, the father, Patrick, and his mother, Ann Earle, look on at the family's home in Takoma Park, Md., in 2011.
Amanda Steen NPR

Women planning to have a baby at home will probably be helped by a midwife.

Doctors only deliver about 5 percent of babies born outside the hospital, according to figures released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Depending on where you live, though, finding a licensed midwife can be tough.

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10:31am

Tue February 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Whitney Houston's Funeral Will Be Held At Her Childhood Church

Fans attend a Whitney Houston Leimert Park Vigil on Monday in Los Angeles.
Valerie Macon Getty Images

Pop super star Whitney Houston's funeral will be held at the Newark, N.J. church where she sang as a little girl. Citing the owner of Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, the AP reports her funeral will take place at the New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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