Fri November 4, 2011

New Weather Forecasting Equipment Coming


 The state announced Thursday the planned installation of new weather detection technology – Automated Weather Observation Systems or AWOS – to improve safety at 14 Kentucky airports.  With AWOS, aircraft can receive weather information at altitudes up to 10,000 feet and distances up to 25 nautical miles from each installation. The airports were selected for AWOS upgrades based on recent inspections of existing airport weather observation systems.

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Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobs Report May Offer Glimmer Of Good News

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 7:01 am

The most-anticipated economic news of the week — word about the October unemployment rate and, hopefully, how many jobs were added to payrolls last month — is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

A month ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the jobless rate in September was 9.1 percent and that 103,000 jobs were added to private and government payrolls.

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Fri November 4, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Plan on State Government Management


With less than a week until the election for governor of Kentucky, Republican David Williams has released a series of pledges regarding the management of state government, which the GOP nominee says put him in contrast to Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.  Among the assurances is a promise that Williams will not furlough state workers, which was a cost-cutting measure that the governor ordered despite objections from House Democrats and vocal complaints from public employees.

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Fri November 4, 2011

Breeders Cup Competition at Churchill


The 28th Breeders’ Cup Championships get underway today at Churchill Downs. The event includes 15 races over two days, featuring some of the world’s top thoroughbred champions. Breeders’ Cup President Craig Fravel says one of this year’s big story lines is the return of Goldikova, the six year old Irish mare seeking a fourth straight Cup victory.

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Fri November 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Mustangs and Burrows Up for Adoption


Due to overpopulation, there are more wild horses in captivity in the United States than there are running wild. The federal Bureau of Land Management is hoping to unload horses and burros and will offer them for adoption tomorrow at the Gatewood Arena in Dry Ridge.  There will be about 30 animals available for adoption—several burros, mares, geldings and yearlings. The animals are wild, and were taken from herds that roam ten western states.

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Fri November 4, 2011
Strange News

England's Oldest Family-Run Business Still Selling

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 10:20 am



Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with congratulations to R.J. Balson and Son. The butcher shop on the south coast of England has been named Britain's oldest family-run business, and is it ever. Balson's began selling sausages and bacon in 1535 when Henry VIII was king and still married to Ann Boleyn. Twenty-five generations later, owner Richard Balson tells the Daily Mail his son will join the business next year, and that son has a son, too. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Fri November 4, 2011
Strange News

Employee Cleans Up German Artwork

A cleaning woman working at the Ostwall Museum in Berlin noticed a wet stain on the floor by a modern-art sculpture. She scrubbed away the stain, not realizing it was part of the piece called, "When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling." Back in 1986, another cleaner in Germany wiped away a grease stain valued at 400,000 euros.


Fri November 4, 2011
Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials

Millennials Uncertain Of Loyalty Toward Obama

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 10:25 am

Millennials cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally in Roanoke, Va., in 2008. Young voters are poised to play a key role in choosing the next president.
Jae C. Hong AP

It felt like 2008 all over again in Philadelphia this week. A DJ played a song by the Black Eyed Peas to warm up a crowd of about 500 students from local colleges. President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, exhorted the crowd at the University of Pennsylvania to volunteer, to apply for internships and, of course, to vote.

"There's 8 million registered voters who are 18 to 21 who weren't old enough to vote last time, who are going to cast their first vote, and they're going to do it for Barack Obama," Messina said. "Raise your hand if you're 18 to 21!"

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Fri November 4, 2011

Housing, Banks Weigh On Spain's Fragile Economy

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 12:22 pm

A broker uses a phone in front of the main screen at the Stock Exchange in Madrid, Spain. The country's central bank recently warned of "troubled exposure" to real estate, heightening fears about the stability of Spain's banks.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

With Greece in flux over whether it'll remain in the eurozone, other weak economies like Spain are feeling the heat.

The worst could be yet to come in Spain — not because of public debt, but because its banks are still laden with unpaid real estate loans, putting both the banks and the housing market in jeopardy. Real estate prices in Madrid are still high, though salaries are frozen and unemployment soars. When Ireland's housing bubble burst, prices dropped more than 40 percent. But in Spain it's an 18 percent drop on average.

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Fri November 4, 2011

Revitalizing Pakistan's Swat Valley

Swat Valley was once Pakistan's premier vacation spot. The area is trying to regain its appeal after regional conflict and massive floods. Co-hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on an effort underway to rebuild Swat Valley's economy.