1:22pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Civil War Sesquicentennial

Park Day Will Restore Civil War Sites

Volunteers from throughout Kentucky are about to team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore seven Civil War sites in the state, including Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. The annual event — dubbed Park Day — is part of a nationwide effort that includes more than 100 historic sites in 25 states.

1:18pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Health Care

White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday morning, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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12:50pm

Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Deal With Banks Isn't Only Way For Homeowners To Get Help, HUD Chief Says

For sale signs on a foreclosed house in Glendale, Calif., last September.
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  • Michel Martin talks with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

The $25 billion settlement with five banks unveiled Thursday, which aims to give some mortgage relief and other help to homeowners who got hurt when the housing bubble burst before the 2007-2009 recession, has been viewed with skepticism by some folks in the nation's hardest-hit housing markets, as NPR's Greg Allen reported.

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12:36pm

Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Stocks Take Dive, As Greek Bailout Deal Remains Uncertain

Protesters write on the wall of the National Bank of Greece during a demonstration involving thousands in Athens on Friday.
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Just a day after it appeared that Greece and its eurozone partners had reached a deal, we're back where we've been for months: There are fiery protests on the streets of Athens, the markets and the euro are in turmoil and negotiations are at a tense point with four Greek Cabinet ministers tendering resignations over their opposition to austerity measures.

Here's the how the AP rounds up the latest:

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12:24pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Education

Accelerated High School Program in Franklin

A group of Franklin County freshmen are hard at work this year seeking a unique reward: the chance to graduate high school in half the time it will take their peers. About 50 teens from Franklin County and Western Hills High schools have joined a national pilot program called Excellence for All in hopes of earning a diploma in just two years.

12:19pm

Fri February 10, 2012
All Politics are Local

Placement Agent Bill Clears House Panel

A bill that would make placement agents –financial middlemen who help locate investors for investment funds – register as lobbyists has unanimously cleared a House panel. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an informal inquiry on the use of placement agents in investments by the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

12:13pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Diver's Legacy on Display at the Pentagon

Carl Brashear’s legacy is on display today at the Pentagon as part of Black History Month. Phillip Brashear, Carl Brashear’s son and a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, has been invited to discuss his father’s life during a screening of the movie “Men of Honor” in the Pentagon auditorium, an event being held by the Department of the Navy.

12:00pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Politics

Secretary Donovan Talks Multi-Billion Deal

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan talks with host Michel Martin about the settlement reached yesterday between federal and state officials and major banks. It was an effort to address unfair banking practices that led to the mortgage crisis. President Obama praised the deal, but critics say the settlement is inadequate.

11:57am

Fri February 10, 2012
Sports

UK Wants to End Sale of Davis Poster

If you're trying to sell one of those Anthony Davis "wingspan" posters on an Internet auction site or anywhere else, the University of Kentucky has a message for you. Stop it. The university is "in the process" of issuing a cease-and-desist order to people attempting to sell the popular posters that depict the shot-blocking forward with his arms outstretched over 10 basketballs, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Thursday.

11:57am

Fri February 10, 2012
Health and Welfare

More Bugs Forecast This Spring

Mild weather this winter could result in major bug infestations this spring.  Since December, University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says the central Kentucky area has only seen about 30 days  with freezing temperatures.  Normally, Townsend says, that figure can reach as high as 50 days.   As a result, Townsend says more insects may survive the winter.

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