3:14pm

Thu January 12, 2012
State Capitol

New Natural Resources Commissioner Appointed

A seasoned mine reclamation official has been chosen to lead the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters announced Steve Hohmann’s appointment today. Hohmann has been the director of the department’s Abandoned Mine Lands program since 1995. In his new job as Natural Resources Commissioner, he’ll oversee his old division, plus the divisions of forestry, mine reclamation, oil and gas and mine safety, among others.

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3:13pm

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Foxconn Resolves Dispute With Workers Who Threatened Suicide

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 4:43 pm

Earlier this month, a group Chinese workers at Foxconn spent two days on the roof of one of the companies factories in central China. As The Telegraph reported, the workers were threatening to commit suicide to protest their working conditions.

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3:08pm

Thu January 12, 2012
The Salt

Why X-Rayed Food Isn't Radioactive, And Other Puzzles

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 4:23 pm

Irradiation is most often used to kill insects, parasites, or bacteria in or on spices, which are typically dried outdoors in before being shipped.
Lui Kit Wong MCT /Landov

Earlier this week, we were surprised to learn that food manufacturers increasingly X-ray foods to screen for foreign objects that can break a tooth. That sounds like a good idea.

But the notion of X-rayed food also sparked a lively debate in The Salt's comments section on whether this poses a health threat. After all, we do know that some X-rays can damage DNA in the human body. So what does radiation mean for food?

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3:07pm

Thu January 12, 2012
State Capitol

Senator Paul Gives Back to Treasury

Sen. Rand Paul says he’s fulfilling a campaign promise by giving back $500,000 of operational funds to the U.S. Treasury. Paul said the U.S. Senators are appropriated $3 million a year for their office budgets and he’s been able to save nearly 15 percent of his annual costs. He hopes to set an example with his frugality, he said.

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3:04pm

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Court-Martial Recommended For Bradley Manning In WikiLeaks Case

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 3:28 pm

Army Pvt. Bradley Manning last month.
Patrick Semansky AP

An investigating officer has recommended that Army private Bradley Manning face court-martial on multiple criminal charges related to the downloading of nearly 1 million war logs and secret diplomatic cables. Manning is accused of taking the files and them passing them on to WikiLeaks.

If he does face a court martial and is convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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3:02pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Movie Reviews

An 'Iron Lady' Fully Inhabited By Meryl Streep

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 12:12 pm

Meryl Streep (center) stars as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's biopic about the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.
The Weinstein Co.

I admit I was biased against the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady. Not, you understand, against Thatcher and her Tory politics. Against Meryl Streep and her accents. Which are great, no doubt. But I went in resolved not to fall for her pyrotechnics yet again. I wanted realism.

Well, it didn't take long to realize that I was watching not only one of the greatest impersonations I'd ever seen — but one that was also emotionally real.

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3:01pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Public Website Tracks Energy Savings

The state on Thursday launched a public website that tracks real-time savings resulting from the Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System’s pilot project. The pilot project is a cost-saving action of the Governor’s ongoing Smart Government Initiative.

3:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Remembrances

Former S.D. Gov., U.S. Rep. William Janklow Dies

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 10:12 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

William Janklow, a former Republican governor and congressman from South Dakota, died today at a Sioux Falls hospice center. He was 72 years old. Janklow announced in November he had an inoperable brain tumor.

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3:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Old South Rings Again In Boston

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 10:12 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Today at noon, America's oldest working clock tower rang out for the first time since the 1800s.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL RINGING)

CORNISH: Old South Meeting House in Boston was a Puritan gathering place. Ben Franklin was baptized there and the Boston Tea Party was planned there, but the belfry has been silent since 1876, after the brick building was nearly destroyed in the great Boston fire.

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3:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Technology

Some Say The U.N. Should Control The Internet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN, is forging ahead with plans to sell new domain categories despite vocal opposition. The decision raises questions about who should govern the Internet.
mipan iStockphoto.com

For the first time, organizations can apply for an Internet address all their own, marking the start of a new era in the growth of the Internet.

For example, ".com" and ".org" could be replaced by ".starbucks" or ".newyork."

The expansion was planned by the one organization empowered to regulate the global Internet — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Debate over the new policy has highlighted the key issue of who, if anyone, should control the Internet.

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