The Labor Department announced last week that the U.S. economy grew by just 103,000 jobs in September. A number like that isn't even enough to keep up with population growth. The fact that the report was widely greeted as positive news suggests just how low expectations have sunk this year.
Since January, the U.S. economy has been hit by a series of external shocks that brought a modest recovery nearly to a halt. The slowdown, however, may have been under way even before the shocks took place.
<p>Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's <em>Paula's Home Cooking</em> and <em>Paula's Best Dishes</em>. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while her recipes are known for their bacon and butter, she and her family don't indulge in them every day.</p>
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Food Network star Paula Deen loves seasoning, bacon and, of course, a bit of butter.
She also loves Southern cooking, which why her latest cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, explores the regional variations of Southern food.
Deen tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that she first discovered some of those variations in her home state of Georgia.
Liberians go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president and lawmakers in the second key elections since the end of the civil war in 2003. The incumbent leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa's first democratically elected female president — was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but her opponents say she deserves neither the award nor re-election.
Kentucky's September General Fund tax receipts rose by 10 percent compared to year ago figures. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, General Fund receipts are up nearly 5 percent. August figures were down sharply but enjoyed a healthy rebound in September, according to state Budget Director Mary Lassiter.
Ford Motor Company is showing off new technology in Louisville that allows cars to communicate with each other. The technology would help prevent some 80 percent of all light-vehicle crashes, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. Ford demonstrated its research project in the parking lot at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The cars monitor a 300 meter circle and communicate with other cars using wi-fi and GPS and warn drivers of potential accidents.
Information about Lexington city contracts, ordinance proposals, and other legislative documents will soon be just a few mouse clicks away. There's a lot of information that goes into preparing a docket or agenda for a Lexington council meeting and it normally takes Deputy Council Clerk Meredith Nelson several days to complete. But a new web-based program called Legistar is making it easier for Nelson and the general public to keep track of council proposals.
Kentucky, along with all other states in the U.S., will participate in a national emergency alert system test a month from now. The presidentially directed emergency alert system drill is set for the afternoon of November ninth. Buddy Rogers, with Kentucky Emergency Management, says the call will go out to broadcasters all across the commonwealth.
A few weeks ago, at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, computer security experts came upon a virus in their network. The virus was recording every keystroke made by Air Force pilots who remotely operate Predator and Reaper drones that fly over war zones. And so far, they can't seem to wipe the virus from the system. Guy Raz talks to Noah Shachtman, contributing editor at Wired magazine, who first reported the story.