2:43pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Asia

For China's 'Left-Behind Kids,' A Free Lunch

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:06 am

Students enjoy free meals on the inaugural day of the Free Lunch for Children program at Hujiaying primary school in Shaanxi province's Nanzheng county.
Louisa Lim NPR

For 10-year-old student Xie Xiaoyuan, just getting to school is an ordeal. On a recent day, her frostbitten ears are testament to just how difficult the trip is.

"I get up at five o'clock," she says, "then I comb my hair and start walking."

Xie navigates a mountain path in China's remote Shaanxi province in the dark, trudging through snowstorms and mudslides. Then she has to get a bus for about 10 miles. She hasn't time to eat breakfast.

"For lunch, I spend 15 cents on two pieces of bread and a drink," she says.

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2:42pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Education

Charter School Supporters Ask Unions to Stand Aside

Advocates for charter schools in Kentucky took their cause to Frankfort today. A handful of organizations support charter schools. One of the most vocal has been the Black Alliance for Educational Opportunities or BAEO. Its national president, Kenneth Campbell, helped lead the rally for charter schools at the Capitol. And he told the crowd Kentucky’s education system doesn’t serve all students equally.

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2:37pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Pike Co. Deputy Sheriff Killed in Wreck

UPDATED: A Pike County sheriff's deputy has died in a three-vehicle car crash. WSAZ-TV reported the accident occurred about 9 p.m. Monday on U.S. 460 between the Marrowbone and Belcher communities. The Pike County Sheriff's Office told the West Virginia TV station that the deputy was James I. Thacker. Kentucky State Police say the deputy was on duty and on his way back to Elkhorn City from Pikeville when the three-vehicle crash happened.

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2:37pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Your Brain On Psilocybin Might Be Less Depressed

This could be your forest on psilocybin.
Baxterclaus Flickr

Magic mushrooms are said to blow your mind, but the hallucinogenic chemical psilocybin, the active ingredient, actually reins in key parts of the brain, according to two new studies.

The memorably vivid emotional experiences reported by mushroom users may flourish because the parts of the brain suppressed by psilocybin usually keep our world view tidy and rational.

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2:33pm

Tue January 24, 2012
All Politics are Local

Officials Asked to Push for I-65 Project

An emissary of Gov. Steve Beshear asked area officials Monday to support three of the governor's budget proposals, one of which he said needs little introduction: completing the six-laning of Interstate 65 through the state. Wendell Cave, director of field services for the Department of Local Government in the 2nd Congressional District, said at Monday's meeting of the Barren River Area Development District that he knows the proposal is "dear to the heart" of Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin, whose county contains the lion's share of the remaining 38 miles of I-65 that are only four lanes.

2:28pm

Tue January 24, 2012
State Capitol

Negotiations Stall Over Districts

Chris Ware/The Herald-Leader

Negotiations between the state House and Senate have stalled over the redrawing of Kentucky's six congressional districts. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Monday that a federal judge could end up redrawing lines for the state's congression al districts if lawmakers fail to reach a compromise. The Prestonsburg Democrat didn't seem troubled by that prospect in a state where Republicans hold four of the state's six congressional seats.

2:23pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Business and the Economy

Production Decline in Georgetown Toyota

The supply problems triggered by natural disasters in Japan resulted in 50,000 fewer cars rolling off the Georgetown Toyota assembly line than the year before. According to figures released last week by Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, the automaker’s Georgetown plant produced 315,239 vehicles in 2011, down from 371,694 the previous year.

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2:21pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Health and Welfare

Couple Files Lawsuit Against Kraft

A McCreary County couple have filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against Kraft Foods alleging the husband sustained a perforated bowel and peritonitis from a piece of metal he ingested when he ate microwavable Velveeta Shells & Cheese. Leamon Perkins of Pine Knot underwent surgery Sept. 29, one day before Kraft Foods Global recalled the microwavable dish, according to the complaint in U.S. District Court in London filed Jan. 11. The voluntary recall was due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire bristle, according to Kraft officials.

1:51pm

Tue January 24, 2012
The Salt

Why McDonald's In France Doesn't Feel Like Fast Food

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 5:41 pm

A McDonald's breakfast meal in Villeurbanne, France includes fresh baguettes and jam spreads with coffee for $4.55.
Juste Philippe Maxppp /Landov

Greetings from McDonald's, or "MacDo," as they call it here in Paris, where I am comfortably ensconced in a McCafé enjoying a croissant and a grand crème coffee. I'm surrounded by people of all ages who are talking with friends, reading, or typing away on their laptops like me.

The beauty of McDonald's in France is that it doesn't feel like a fast food joint, where hordes of people shuffle in and out and tables turn at a fast clip.

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1:38pm

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Wesley Brown, Nation's Oldest Sitting Federal Judge, Dies At 104

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 1:50 pm

Wesley Brown was appointed to the federal bench by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. When he passed the bar in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt was president.

As the Kansas City Star puts it, during his time as federal district judge in Kansas, Brown saw a shift in civil rights, and women's rights. He presided over cases about women in the workplace and tackled privacy issues on the Internet.

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