It has been nearly two years since President Ali Bongo Ondimba of the Central African nation of Gabon took over the country his father ruled for four decades. Despite winning in democratically-held elections, he has been accused of violating human rights and siphoning off profits from the country's oil industry. Host Michel Martin speaks with President Bongo Ondimba about these accusations, his meeting with President Obama, and some of the misconceptions Americans have about Gabon.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky questions a proposed hospital merger announced this week. The partnership involves University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Lexington’s Saint Joseph Health System. Catholic Health Initiatives is giving $320 million to support the new network. A Health Initiative spokesman says the system will not provide reproductive health services that are inconsistent with the church’s ethical and religious directives.
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep came home from this recent reporting trip to Pakistan with one more story to tell, and it offers a unique look into the "tribal areas" we hear so much about because they are home to terrorists.
When people think of Sudan, they think burning villages, civil war. Wildlife tourism? Not really. But South Sudan wants to change that.
Next month, it will secede and become the world's newest nation, and officials there want people to come see the animals.
It turns out many antelopes, elephants and even some giraffes survived the civil war between the north and the south. Now, South Sudan is trying to protect them and build a tourism business — from scratch.
Ever since scientists began to sequence the entire genomes of individuals --beginning with those of Nobelist James Watson and scientific entrepreneur J. Craig Venter in 2007 — skeptics have wondered just how useful this elegant and expensive trick would become.
The official unemployment rate, the headline number that comes out every month, was 9.1 percent in May. It measures how many people are out of work and looking for a job.
Then there's the U-6, which is technically the broadest measure of unemployment. It includes people who are underemployed — meaning they want more work — and people who have stopped looking; perhaps they've decided to go back to school or they've just given up their quest for work. That rate is 15.8 percent.
A federal crackdown on the use of undocumented immigrant labor is expanding. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told a thousand companies on Wednesday that their hiring records will be inspected.
But increasingly, states are the new battleground in the immigration debate, taking much more stringent steps to curtail illegal immigration. The latest law comes from Alabama, which goes further than other states and is sure to face a legal challenge.
Since at least the time of President Ronald Reagan's military buildup to confront the "evil empire" as he famously dubbed the Soviet Union, Republicans have held the national security high ground in U.S. politics.
But the ground has shifted greatly, with many Republicans now sounding a message that can only be described as "look homeward, America."
Wednesday, the Northern Kentucky Health Department sent out the following release about the number shigella cases reported in Northern Kentucky. So far there have been confirmed closures of Taylor Mill Swim Club and the Florence Aquatic Center. For more information on the outbreak of shigella contact the health department at www.nkyhealth.org