Mon October 31, 2011

Dream Sparks Events That Reunite Cambodian Family

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 3:27 pm

In 1975, the Khmer Rouge told the family of Peou Nam that he had been executed. After 36 years of separation, hardship and an unusual series of events, the family was reunited in June this year. Son Phyrun visits his father at his farmhouse in southern Cambodia's Kampot province.

Anthony Kuhn NPR

On a recent day, Peou Phyrun steers his motorcycle down the rutted dirt road to his father's home in southern Cambodia's Kampot province. His father, 85-year-old Peou Nam, lives in a traditional Khmer farmhouse on stilts, where sugar palms tower over verdant rice paddies like giant dandelions on a lawn.

Like so many other families in Cambodia, theirs was torn apart by the Khmer Rouge. But unlike so many others, they were able to find each other, 36 years later, through a most unusual sequence of events.

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: U.S. Knew Of Abuse In Afghan Prisons Before U.N. Report

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:41 pm

Over the weekend The Washington Post ran a long investigative story in which unnamed officials claim the United States knew that detainees in Afghan intelligence prisons were being abused. The U.S., the Post reports, knew about the abuse long before the United Nations issued a report earlier this month that said suspected Taliban fighters were tortured.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

No Change in Natural Gas Costs this Winter

With wholesale natural gas prices changing little over the last year, Kentucky customers will be paying about the same for comparable quantities of gas this winter, the Kentucky Public Service Commission announced Monday.  “Natural gas prices have remained fairly constant since late 2009, in contrast to the large fluctuations in prior years,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said in a press release. “Increasing gas supplies should provide a measure of price stability in the coming years as well.”

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Mon October 31, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 3:35 pm

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Update: The Library Phantom Returns! See Part 2 of the mystery.

It started suddenly. Without warning.

Last spring, Julie Johnstone, a librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, was wandering through a reading room when she saw, sitting alone on a random table, a little tree.

It was made of twisted paper and was mounted on a book.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Pike Co. Coal-to-Liquid Plant Projects Questioned

The Buffalo Creek and Chisolm Energy coal-to-liquid plants are barely in existence, currently just plans on paper and a concrete pad at two Pike County sites. The projects, a pair of coal-to-liquid fuel plants proposed to be built in Pike County by the same company proposing a similar project in Mingo County, W.Va., have been on the drawing board since at least January. The plants, if built, will be the biggest economic development project undertaken in the county’s history. But, documents obtained by the News-Express show that the project is already plagued with problems and issues which raise questions about the level of involvement of the county government in the projects.


Mon October 31, 2011
All Politics are Local

Boehner Stresses Common Ground, not Compromise

John Boehner
Louisville Public Media

Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh., emphasized the need for leaders in Washington to work together without compromising core principles during a speech delivered in Louisville on Monday.  The Republican leader was the first U.S. Speaker of the House to address the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership, which has hosted several high-profile figures, including former President George W. Bush.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Statehouse News

Legislation Pre-filed to Curb Metal Theft

A metal thief recently kicked a dent in Bowling Green business owner Terry Simon’s bottom line when the thief made off with thousands of dollars worth of tools and building materials that he later sold for scrap. Simon is one many Kentuckians who have fallen victim to illegal scrappers, people who steal anything made of nonprecious metal that they later sell to metal recyclers. For the scrapper’s effort, he got nearly $400, according to Bowling Green Police Department records. Police recovered some of Simon’s property, but some of what was recovered was damaged beyond any usefulness to Simon. To address the problem, state Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, recently pre-filed legislation targeting metal theft.


Mon October 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Obama Tackles Rx Drug Shortages

President Obama is wielding a unilateral prerogative of his office – the executive order – to get something done about a worsening shortage of essential drugs.

It's a problem that earlier this month one administration official called "a dire public health situation." Many thousands of patients with cancer, life-threatening infections, cardiac disease, severe gastrointestinal disorders and many other conditions aren't able to get the drugs they need.

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Halloween Is More Funny Than Scary In St. Louis

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At Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, student Andrew Dwoskin was handing out candy to local children during a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" event.

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Hard Times: A Journey Across America

Miss. Couple Lament Loss Of The American Dream

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Norris and Janis Galatas at their home in Collinsville, Miss., with their horse, Cinnamon. The couple is struggling to make their mortgage payments.

Debbie Elliott NPR

Part of a monthlong series

The plan for Norris and Janis Galatas was that they would be settled and comfortable at middle age — paying off their bills and putting away something for the future. But now the wounded warrior and his wife are rethinking the American dream.

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