5:05pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Gray Appoints City's First Planning Commisioner

The city of Lexington will have its first commissioner dedicated primarily to planning, if the Urban County Council approves Mayor Jim Gray's appointment next week. Dr. Derek Paulsen, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named as the city's first planning commissioner - a position Mayor Jim Gray envisioned as part of his "Fresh Start Plan" during his campaign. 

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5:05pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Music Interviews

A Ballet Dancer's Workout Music? Classical, Of Course

Jared Angle and Janie Taylor perform in George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.
Paul Kolnik

Morning Edition has been asking people what music makes them move, in order to create The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix. The mix already includes a good selection of Kanye West, 2Pac and Madonna — which is just fine for some people.

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5:05pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Asia

Home Of Noted Beijing Architect Reduced To Rubble

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 7:09 pm

Liang Sicheng, known as the father of modern Chinese architecture, lobbied Mao Zedong to preserve ancient buildings in Beijing. Despite efforts to have his former courtyard home in Beijing preserved as a cultural relic, it was recently demolished.
Louisa Lim NPR

Down a quiet Beijing alleyway on a recent day, as the winter wind whistles, two men stand guard over a pile of bricks hidden behind a corrugated iron fence.

The pile of rubble was once the home of the man known as the father of modern Chinese architecture, Liang Sicheng. The Orwellian reason for its demolition? "For maintenance," according to a Xinhua news agency report, citing the developer, Fuheng Real Estate company.

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5:02pm

Wed February 8, 2012
All Politics are Local

Stumbo Comments on Redistricting

Efforts to redraw Kentucky’s U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly. State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps. “I think that ship has sailed, that bell’s rung,” Stumbo said. “I think the Secretary of State will have to certify those folks as the candidates and so the current status of law is that in my opinion they would run in the current Congressional district.”

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5:02pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Science

'Amasia': The Next Supercontinent?

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:33 am

This map shows what the Earth's landmass looked like in the Precambrian Era, about 738 million years ago.
Chris Scotese University of Texas at Arlington

The Earth's continents are in constant motion. On at least three occasions, they have all collided to form one giant continent. If history is a guide, the current continents will coalesce once again to form another supercontinent. And a study in Nature now shows how that could come about.

You can think of continents as giant puzzle pieces shuffling around the Earth. When they drift apart, mighty oceans form. When they come together, oceans disappear. And it's all because continents sit on moving plates of the Earth's crust.

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4:59pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Mitt Romney

Conservatives Worry Romney's Vision Is Cloudy

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:20 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in Denver on Tuesday.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's losses on Tuesday, while not very meaningful in the race to accumulate delegates, have raised questions once again about his ability to inspire passion from his party's base and about his viability in the general election.

Rival Rick Santorum's victories in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota dealt a setback, if not exactly a body blow, to Romney — whom Santorum routinely dismisses as a candidate with a big machine but no core.

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4:58pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Commonwealth

Closures for Milton-Madison Bridge

State officials have announced the planned dates for the first of two five-day closures during the replacement of the Milton-Madison Bridge. The bridge will be closed April 25-29, during which time crews will work around the clock to remove the existing approaches on both sides of the river and attach the temporary approaches to the 82-year-old Ohio River span. During the closure, travelers will be routed 26 miles east to the Markland Dam linking Gallatin County, Ky., and Switzerland County, Ind., or 46 miles west to Louisville. A ferry will be in place for emergency services only.

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4:53pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Education

Detroit Schools' No. 1 Mission: Getting Kids To Class

George Eason, an attendance agent with Detroit Public Schools, sets out to visit homes and check in with parents about school attendance.
Larry Abramson NPR

Ask Detroit teachers about their biggest challenge and many will say, "You can't teach kids who don't come to class." Last year, the average Detroit public high school student missed at least 28 days of school.

Now, as part of its effort to get parents more involved, the district has launched a major initiative to improve attendance. The effort includes parent workshops and attendance agents charged with pushing parents to send their kids to school every day.

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4:46pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Music Reviews

On 'Karimba,' Peruvian Band Melds World Sounds

The band Novalima is undeniably Peruvian, but the music on their new album Karimba is infused with sounds from around the world including dub, salsa and club music.

4:34pm

Wed February 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Counting The GOP Delegates, But Not Before They're Official

GOP hopeful Rick Santorum, shown greeting supporters in Minnesota on Tuesday, drew votes in the Feb. 7 contests. But he didn't win any delegates.
CRAIG LASSIG EPA /Landov

In honor of Tuesday's delegate-free caucuses and primary, NPR is launching a 2012 Delegate Tracker.

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