12:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Fresh Air Interview

Tom Waits: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 8:40 am

Tom Waits.

Jesse Dylan

Tom Waits recorded his new album Bad As Me, his first collection of all-new studio recordings in eight years, in his studio, which he calls "Rabbit Foot" for good luck. The space, a converted schoolhouse, still has class pictures dotting the walls of each classroom.

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12:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
7 Billion And Counting

7 Billion: Trick Or Treat For Crowded Countries?

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 12:34 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Happy Halloween. If all the witches, goblins, and ghosts coming to your door don't scare you enough, then you might want to head south of the border for an encounter with Sante Meurte, or the Saint of Death. In a few minutes, we'll talk about why the veneration of this folk saint seems to have really taken off in the last decade or so and why the Catholic church is not happy about it. But first, happy birthday to the world's seven billionth inhabitant.

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11:54am

Mon October 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Stomach Bug Has A Field Day At NBA

Locker rooms and clubhouses should be disinfected regularly with a solution such as bleach that's effective against the stubborn norovirus, researchers say.

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It's the season for stomach bugs again. And if you want to know just how contagious those bugs can be, just ask the National Basketball Association.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the play-by-play on an outbreak of gastrointestinal misery that afflicted as many as 13 NBA teams a year ago, spreading rapidly from player to player and from players to team staffers.

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10:54am

Mon October 31, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky Switches to Privatized Medicaid Care

Kentucky’s three new managed care operators, MCOs, say they’re ready for members to switch over to privatized Medicaid care this week.  The switch on Nov. 1 is expected to save the state around $375 million over the three year contracts while managing patient care more efficiently.

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10:52am

Mon October 31, 2011
Opinion

Major League Longing: What Comes After Game Seven

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Glenn Stout has served as the editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since 1991. His latest book is Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year.

Baseball is over again and — for a while — so am I.

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10:52am

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Cardinals Manager La Russa Retires

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 4:18 pm

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa celebrated with the World Series trophy Friday night in St Louis.

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Tony La Russa, who just managed the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title, announced this morning that he's retiring after 33 seasons.

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10:51am

Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Electric Co-ops Transition to 'Smart Meters'

Several Kentucky electricity co-ops will begin using a new technology called “smart meters” soon.  The devices send energy data to power companies—so there’s no need for someone to travel to read the meter. Smart meters also tell consumers more information than traditional meters. With a glance, ratepayers can see how much electricity they’re using, how much it costs and during what times in the day electricity is cheaper.

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10:44am

Mon October 31, 2011
All Politics are Local

Candidates for Governor Debate Tonight on KET

For the last time, the candidates for governor of Kentucky will meet for a televised debate today.  Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear has taken criticism for not showing up to debates and forums. He’ll appear on Kentucky Tonight with Republican challenger David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith.

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10:40am

Mon October 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lex. Firefighter Toy Drive Underway

Kids might be suiting up for trick-or-treating tonight, but Lexington firefighters are already thinking about Christmas. The Fire Department's annual toy drive is already underway.  2011 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Lexington Fire Department's toy drive and organizers are hoping they can meet the increased need. Last year, the department handed out toys to around 3000 children. Lexington firefighter John Durr says that number could be much higher this time around.

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10:38am

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Fear Factor of Halloween

Lexington Public Media

Every year during the month of October countless numbers of people don ghoulish costumes, sit through slasher movie-marathons, and crowd into haunted houses.  Pamela Burke set out to answer the age-old question: what is it about Halloween that makes some normally sane people enjoy going stark-raving mad?

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