Sun January 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Newark, N.J., Seeks To Revamp Shopping District

The city plans to revitalize its once-glitzy downtown shopping district. New Jersey News Service reporter Nancy Solomon tours Broad Street with Newark's head of economic development, and reports on plans to lure back high-end shoppers.


Sun January 8, 2012

Preview Of BCS Bowl Game

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 6:06 pm



So tomorrow night for the first time in the history of the Bowl Championship Series, two teams from the same conference, the Southeastern Conference, the two best teams in college football, Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama, will face off in the BCS National Championship in New Orleans. Who's going to win? Well, to help us answer that question, Mike Pesca joins me now.

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Sun January 8, 2012
Author Interviews

A Self-Published Author's $2-Million Cinderella Story

Amanda Hocking is the best-selling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels.
Mariah Paaverud St. Martin's Griffin

Best-selling e-author Amanda Hocking grew up in the small town of Austin, Minn., which, she says, is known for Spam. Spam as in the food, not the e-mail spam.

"We invented Spam," the 27-year-old novelist tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

Hocking's dad was a truck driver. Her mom was a waitress. Even as a very young child, she had always been a kind of natural storyteller — especially when it came to fantasy stories. Stories about dragons, unicorns, pirates and more.

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Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

She joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters who helped launch The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.


Sun January 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Days Before Primary, N.H. Restaurant Bans Presidential Candidates

During this final sprint toward Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, candidate stops will be full of local diners and doughnut shops where the presidential hopefuls can chat up "real" voters — locals who stop in for a meal or a coffee.

But customers in one New Hampshire restaurant are over it. In response, a Portsmouth breakfast spot has banned candidates completely, reports Seacoast Online:

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Sun January 8, 2012
Business and the Economy

Raised Rates Threaten Aluminum Smelters

In mid-2009, the future looked promising for two of the biggest industries in northwestern Kentucky — the Rio Tinto Alcan and Century Aluminum smelters. They had secured a new long-term contract for the enormous amounts of electricity they need at prices the companies thought could keep them competitive; that power is vital, accounting for one-third of their cost to produce aluminum. Further, power producer Big Rivers Electric Corp. didn't anticipate a need to raise rates until 2016. But after sales of surplus electricity to other power companies came in lower than expected, Big Rivers requested an increase in rates last year.


Sun January 8, 2012
Faith and Values

Scientology Comes to Northern Kentucky

The Church of Scientology spent an estimated $6.5 million renovating the former Florence Baptist Church.

The controversial church has scheduled a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the church, 283 Main St., in a building previously occupied by the Florence Baptist Church. Nick Banks, a spokesman for the Church of Scientology, said the Florence site was chosen for a number of reasons.


Sun January 8, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Orchestra Ruled On Strike

Kentucky’s Division of Unemployement Insurance has ruled that Louisville Orchestra musicians have been on strike and not locked out. The musicians are considered to have been on strike since the end of June, according to a release from Louisville Orchestra management. With this ruling they are voluntarily withholding their labor and therefore not entitled to unemployment income, said Robert Birman, CEO of the Louisville Orchestra.

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Sun January 8, 2012

Farmer's Crickets in High Demand

Elaine Henderson of Garrard County, has been farming crickets for approximately 30 years. She and her late husband opened Henderson Cricket Farm in Florida, but moved their operation to Kentucky five years ago.
Mackenzie Reiss

The farms surrounding Elaine Henderson's little plot on a hillside in Garrard County raise cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and horses, but Henderson has a decidedly smaller herd — of crickets. Each week, Henderson Cricket Farm ships tens of thousands of live crickets to pet stores, bait shops, individuals and the Louisville Zoo. "I'm selling all I can grow," Elaine Henderson said. "I've turned customers away."


Sun January 8, 2012

OWN Program Provides Opportunities

Participants in a grassroots effort at Frankfort Independent Schools hope their work gives black male students a boost for better lives. The program they’ve started, Frankfort’s OWN, will provide those students a place to study, practice working in teams, meet role models and learn about college opportunities every Saturday during the school year. The program is modeled after the Black Males Working Academy in Lexington.