7:28am

Mon February 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Polar Bear Clubs Finder Warmer Than Normal Water

It's the season of the Polar Bear Plunge, when many Americans take a challenge to leap into icy water. If they can find cold water. In Rehoboth Beach, Del., people leaped into ocean water that was 47 degrees — the warmest on record.

7:22am

Mon February 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Food Focus with Sustainability

It’s possible the term ‘local economy’ could take on a whole new meaning in the next decade or so.  It could mean more of our food budgets could be spent on locally-grown produce.  There are signs ‘sustainable cities’ could one day dot the landscape across Kentucky.  These are communities that claim their impact on the environment is zero.  Richard Olson, who chairs ‘Sustainable Berea’ says a sustainable city also enjoys economic health.  “It behooves communities to look and see how they can increase their local economies..look at what local resources they have…anything from land to existing industries..to the skills of the people,” said Olson.

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6:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
State Capitol

A Bourbon Barrel Tax Break

Kentucky’s bourbon distillers may soon be getting one of their biggest wishes… a change in the barrel tax. The tax, named because it charges property taxes on bourbon aging in barrels in distillery warehouses, is one of its kind. But other alcoholic beverages made it the commonwealth aren’t subject to the same taxes, Beshear says. “It is the only such tax in the world and it’s not assessed in Kentucky on any other alcoholic beverage such as beer, vodka or scotch whiskey,” he said.

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5:12am

Mon February 6, 2012
All Politics are Local

McConnell's PAC Activity

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is once again trying to become Majority Leader.  McConnell’s PAC—called the Bluegrass Committee—is in full campaign mode heading into this year's elections.  The PAC raised over $300,000 at the end of last year. It then promptly spent it all, giving most of the money to four Republican candidates for the Senate. The GOP needs to capture four Senate seats to gain the majority in that chamber.

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Kathleen Masterson was Harvest Public Media’s reporter based at Iowa Public Radio in Ames, Iowa. At Bowdoin College in Maine, Kathleen studied English and Environmental Studies and was torn as to which one she’d have to “choose” when finding a job. She taught high school English for a few years, and then swung back to science when she traveled to rural Argentina to work on a bird research project. She returned home to study science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduate school she went on to work as digital producer for NPR’s science desk before joining Harvest.

4:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
Politics

After Cuts, New Mexico Now Has Budget Surplus

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our periodic look at state finances takes us next to New Mexico. The situation there looks a lot less awful than it did.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

After three years of painful cuts, the state has a projected surplus. The question now is what to do with the money. Here's NPR's Ted Robbins.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)

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4:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
Election 2012

Voters Gear Up For Minnesota Caucuses

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Super Bowl of political contests is the presidential campaign. And if 2012 is not compelling enough for you, not to worry. Journalists are already writing about the prospects for 2016. But this year's Republican nominating contest is far from over. Tomorrow, Missouri which holds a primary, and there's a caucus in Minnesota, which is where we find Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio.

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4:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
Middle East

Egypt To Try 19 Americans In NGO Dispute

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:04 am

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The military-led government in Egypt, in a defiant gesture, says it will put on trial 19 Americans and some two dozen others, over work they've been doing to help Egypt in its transition to democracy. Those facing charges include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, along with others working for nonprofits promoting civil society and good governance.

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4:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
Sports

Giants Tower Over Patriots As Super Bowl Champs

The New York Giants came back with a last-minute score to beat the New England Patriots 21-17 Sunday night for New York's fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Eli Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.

4:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Troops Strike Neighborhoods In Homs

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 6:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Here's the latest on the crisis in Syria. The U.S. State Department says it has closed the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, and evacuated its diplomats. The U.S. also issued a warning for all American citizens to leave the country immediately. A State Department spokewoman says the embassy was shut because of concerns that it's not sufficiently protected from armed attack.

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