Mon February 6, 2012
Your Money

In Idaho, Two Workers Take Jobs, And Hope For Best

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 1:11 pm

When he was laid off in 2008., Nathan Bussey had been working for Hewlett-Packard for just under 10 years. He's now hoping to advance in his new job at a call center.
Molly Messick StateImpact Idaho

StateImpact Idaho's Molly Messick reports on two people coping with the lingering effects of an economic downturn.

Before the recession, Idaho had one of the fastest growing economies in the country. But last year, its jobless rate peaked at nearly 10 percent. That number has begun to creep downward – but many workers in the state are still struggling to replace the jobs they've lost.

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Mon February 6, 2012
The Salt

California's Stevia Growers Bet On Fast Track To Sweetener Success

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 3:23 am

The S&W Seed Co., in Five Points, Calif., will grow these seedlings of zero-calorie stevia in the fields of California's Central Valley.
Dan Charles NPR

It's stevia time!

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Sun February 5, 2012

Stopping The 'Brain Drain' Of The U.S. Economy

Recent surveys show that a large percentage of graduates from the nation's top schools are taking jobs in consulting or financial sector.
Mary Altaffer AP

Yale University student Marina Keegan received an email last May from Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, offering her $100 if she said why she didn't apply for a summer internship.

Keegan, an English major, decided to take Bridgewater up on its offer.

"It was only sort of once I was inside the room when I realized ... maybe I'm helping them perfect their recruiting machine, which is exactly what we were doing," Keegan tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Sun February 5, 2012

New Staging Of 'Yentl' Tells A Transgender Girl's Story

Actress Hillary Clemens portrays Yentl/Anshel in the new staging of Isaac Bashevis Singer's play at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla.
Daniel Perales Studio

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is probably best known for her 1995 hit single, "I Kissed a Girl." These days, she's taking on a new musical project: the gender-bending play by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yentl.

Barbra Streisand turned Singer's play into her 1984 hit movie musical of the same name. Although Sobule's version features music, it's a little more Singer and a little less Streisand.

"She changed the ending and made it kind of Funny Girl coming to America. ... We keep to the word," Sobule tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Sun February 5, 2012

Fewer Autopsies Mean Crucial Info Goes To The Grave

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 3:52 pm

Colleagues of Renee Royak-Schaler at the University of Maryland School of Medicine paid for and conducted an autopsy that revealed that cancer had ravaged her body. Today, autopsies are conducted on just 5 percent of patients.
Jenna Isaacson Pfueller ProPublica

A half-century ago, autopsies — sometimes called the ultimate medical audit — were an integral part of American health care, performed on roughly half of all patients who died in hospitals. But today, autopsies are conducted on roughly 5 percent of such patients, and experts say that is a troubling trend.

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Sun February 5, 2012
Author Interviews

How Whitey Bulger Corrupted The Justice System

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 1:32 pm

These 1984 file photos originally released by the FBI show New England organized crime figure James "Whitey" Bulger.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, File AP

When Whitey Bulger was captured last year, he'd spent close to 20 years on the run — and on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Bulger was the head of an Irish gang terrorizing the streets of South Boston. The Massachusetts State Police wanted him gone, but curiously couldn't touch him.

Why? Bulger was a confidential FBI informant, and the bureau shielded him for years.

Robert Fitzpatrick, the author of Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, says Bulger was widely known to be an unsavory character.

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Sun February 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

Coast Guard Announces Ship Salvage Plan

Work was expected to begin Saturday, weather permitting, to salvage the massive cargo vessel Delta Mariner after it struck the Eggner's Ferry Bridge in Aurora Jan. 26, causing a 322-ft. span to collapse. The vessel has been anchored between the two halves of the bridge since the time of the accident. The U. S. Coast Guard announced Friday it has approved a salvage plan submitted by Foss Maritime Company, the ship’s owner.


Sun February 5, 2012
Health and Welfare

Head Injury Bill Receives House Support

State House lawmakers, in a rare show of unity, unanimously approved a bill requiring high school and middle school coaches to obtain more training to recognize and treat concussions and other head injuries. Rep. Ben Waide, a Madisonville Republican, said new medical information has surfaced within the past two years pointing to the dangers of head injuries.


Sun February 5, 2012

UK's Plan to Replace Housing

The University of Kentucky is about to embark on a big, new experiment, hiring a private developer to replace and manage all of its on-campus student housing. Lots of questions about the plan remain unanswered as UK negotiates with Education Realty Trust of Memphis, Tenn., ironing out details of the expected massive project. But just down the road at the University of Louisville, and at other campuses across the nation, smaller versions of the same experiment have already played out.


Sun February 5, 2012
Health and Welfare

Northern Kentucky Looks to Limit Smoking

Judy Jackson smokes a cigarette as she sits on the porch of her home in Latonia Terrace. Jackson called a proposal to ban smoking in public housing "outrageous."
Patrick Reddy/Kentucky Enquirer

Northern Kentucky's smoking opponents lost a battle last year when Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties decided not to impose indoor smoking bans for restaurants and other businesses. But the Northern Kentucky Health Department is trying to clear the smoke from other areas, including Covington’s public housing projects and the city’s swimming pools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month awarded the health department and city $26,950 to explore non-smoking policies in its housing-authority apartments and $4,000 more to expand smoke-free areas around three city pools and a water park.