Repairs to a railroad which cuts through the heart of a scenic central Kentucky town is sure to cause some disruption. But, it’s the view ‘down the track’ which excites business owners who cater to tourists. Railroad crossing repairs along four streets in Midway is expected to snarl traffic over the next couple of weeks. Each crossing will be impassible for a couple days while it’s upgraded. It’s inconvenient, but Mary Thoresen of Damselfly Gallery says it’s important to look at the big picture.
Dr. Bill Blahd poses in front of one of his paintings: "Recurring Daymare." Blahd says he he hopes to illustrate feelings that are hard to verbalize through his paintings.
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After a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of wounded veterans return home needing treatment and rehabilitation.
Their injuries, both physical and mental, have an emotional impact on their caregivers. And Dr. Bill Blahd, a doctor at a VA hospital in Idaho, has depicted the daily trauma he sees in a powerful art exhibit on the impact of war.
President Obama will nominate a former Ohio attorney general to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
White House and administration sources say Obama plans to announce Monday the nomination of Richard Cordray, the consumer bureau's current chief of enforcement. Cordray, a Democrat from Ohio, was the state's attorney general until losing his re-election bid last fall. He had been involved in the 50-state investigation into the so-called robo-signing foreclosure scandal.
British police investigating phone hacking and police bribery by the defunct News of the World arrested a 43-year-old woman Sunday. British media are reporting the woman arrested was Rebekah Brooks, former chief of News International. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's David Folkenflik.
British broadcaster Sky News is reporting that former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested.
According to the Associated Press, British police arrested a 43-year-old woman Sunday in the investigation of phone hacking charges by the defunct tabloid, News of the World.
Police said the woman was arrested at a London police station at noon on Sunday by appointment. She is being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption.
The United States plays in the finals of the women's World Cup soccer championship against Japan Sunday afternoon. As thrilling as the ride has been so far, the women on the team know that a great journey needs a great ending.
A short while before the World Cup tournament began, U.S. striker Abby Wambach was asked what it takes to win the World Cup. The 5'11 striker with more than 150 goals in international competition listed what the team will need.
"It's gonna take some guts," she said. "It's gonna take some luck, it's gonna take some skill, some goals, some defending."
150 years ago Sunday, Congress passed a bill that allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to circulate paper money for the first time. And for most of that time, the same family-owned company has produced the paper on which each bill is printed. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Doug Crane of Crane & Company about the company's history in making paper for dollars.
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the public is closely divided the debt limit debate. It also shows that a great number of people do not understand the consequences of failing to raise the debt limit. Host Linda Wertheimer speaks Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, about the findings.
Dr. Bill Blahd has seen a lot of trauma in his 30 years as an emergency room doctor. But he says nothing could have fully prepared him for his job at the Veterans Hospital in Boise. Most of his patients are veterans from past wars, Korea, Vietnam and even World War II. But it's the trauma of younger veterans that also haunts him. He turns those images into powerful paintings on canvas depicting the impact of war. Sadie Babits of Boise State Public Radio reports.
Anti-government activists from Syria gather again in Istanbul to chart a path toward the end of the Assad regime. There is talk of forming a National Salvation Council, and efforts are being made to link up with activists in Damascus via Skype. Guest host Linda Wertheimer discusses the situation with NPR's Peter Kenyon in Istanbul.