3:00pm

Wed February 8, 2012
NPR Story

Letters: Is The Middle Finger Offensive?

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about whether giving the middle finger is offensive.

2:56pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Instead Of Bail, Fla. Judge Orders Man To Take His Wife To Dinner, Bowling

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 3:52 pm

A screen capture of Judge John "Jay" Hurley.
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Domestic abuse cases are never easy. But one in Florida has gotten a different kind of attention, today, because of a judge's ruling that instead of bail, called for a man to treat his wife to flowers and dinner and then take her bowling.

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2:55pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Israel Isn't Going To Attack Us, Iran's U.N. Ambassador Says

Originally published on Sun February 12, 2012 9:22 am

Asked this afternoon if he thinks Israel will attack his nation anytime soon in a bid to destroy work Iran is doing on nuclear technology, the Persian nation's ambassador to the United Nations told NPR, "I don't think that is going to happen."

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2:29pm

Wed February 8, 2012
All Politics are Local

Mitch and the Cards v West Virginia

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is reportedly holding a grudge against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-Wv., over a fight between their alma maters to get into the Big 12 Conference. Last fall, the University of Louisville was jockeying with West Virginia University to jump ship from the Big East Conference to Big 12 Conference. McConnell got involved in lobbying for the Louisville Cardinals, but the NCAA eventually selected Manchin’s school.

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2:27pm

Wed February 8, 2012
State Capitol

Juvenile Justice has Acting Deputy Commissioner

Kentucky Justice Secretary J. Michael Brown has named an acting deputy commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice. The position has been vacant since the beginning of the year. It will now be filled by Diana McGuire. McGuire served as division director for the department since 2001. She was responsible for overall administration of the Eastern Region Division for Juvenile Justice.

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2:25pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Unlocked, Idling Cars Tempt Wintertime Thieves

Whether in your driveway or at a corner gas station, Lexington Police say it's never a good idea to leave your car unlocked with the engine running. More to the point, it's illegal. Detective Jeremiah Davis, with Lex PD's auto theft and commercial burglary unit, says motorists need to resist the temptation of starting up their cars and leaving them unattended while they warm up.

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2:24pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Prof Lexington's 1st Planning Commissioner

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. Paulsen, who has a background in urban planning and crime analysis issues, says he's interested in bringing together Lexington's splintered planning and development agencies. 

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2:15pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

10 Years After '02 Winter Games, Salt Lake Considers Another Olympics

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 4:02 pm

American figure skater Sarah Hughes won gold at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Jacques DeMarthon AFP/Getty Images

Just hours before the symbolic rekindling of the Salt Lake Olympic cauldron, officials in Utah today sought to rekindle the 2002 Olympic spirit, announcing they're considering another Olympic bid.

The disclosure at the Utah Olympic speedskating oval in suburban Kearns, comes exactly 10 years after the 2002 Winter Games began.

"Ten years ago, Utah 'Lit the Fire Within,' and today that flame still burns bright," said Gov. Gary Herbert (R). In fact, as celebrations of the 2002 anniversary begin, some Utahns are wearing their official Olympic volunteer coats again.

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2:07pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Heartburn Treatments May Lead To Serious Diarrhea

When it comes to taking up residence in your intestines, Clostridium difficile, like these, may get some help from common heartburn drugs.
Janice Carr CDC

If that case of diarrhea just doesn't get better, your heartburn drug could be the reason.

The Food and Drug Administration just warned doctors and consumers that popular medicines called proton pump inhibitors may raise the risk for chronic diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that you'd rather not have colonizing your intestines.

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1:41pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Salt

Skip The Spoon: Babies May Eat Better When They Feed Themselves

This kid's got the right idea: DIY dinner.
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Spooning strained peas into a baby is the traditional way to start solid food. But babies might be better off feeding themselves.

That's the surprising result of a new study that compared the food preferences and weight of babies who fed themselves finger food with those who were spoon fed.

Both groups of children had equal exposure to snack foods. But the babies who fed themselves preferred carbohydrates like toast, pasta, or potatoes, while the spoon-fed children went for sweets when given a choice.

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