6:49am

Wed October 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

First Fireworks Law in Lexington Moving Forward

A strict fireworks ordinance will go before Lexington city council.  The proposal easily cleared the council’s public safety committee Tuesday.  The ordinance is in response to a new state law which legalized many flying fireworks and powerful pyrotechnics.  Council member Kevin Stinnett says this proposal provides more protection to the general public.

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6:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.

Spanish, English And Spanglish: Facebook Fans React

A sign spells out Se Habla Espanol (Spanish Spoken Here).

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NPR's Morning Edition is exploring bilingual life in the U.S. as the population of Spanish speakers grows. How does the use of English and Spanish affect your life?

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5:48am

Wed October 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Nuisance Ordinance Debated at City Hall

Members of the Urban County Council hear details about a new nuisance ordinance
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A proposed ‘chronic nuisance’ ordinance has received a hearing at Lexington’s city hall.  But,  it’s difficult to say when any action might be taken on the proposal.  Officials with Lexington’s Catholic Action Center worry such a law could impact, if not curtail, their services for needy citizens.  A number of homeless individuals appeared before members of the urban county council’s public safety committee.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

Protesting Austerity Moves, Unions Shut Down Greece

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is in Athens and she joins us on the line for a look at what the strike is looking like there. Good morning, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What's the scene there? Pretty quiet, I imagine.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Wall Street taking a bite out of Apple. Apple shares dropped more than six percent, after the company said quarterly profits rose only 54 percent over last year. Investors are used to Apple blowing past analysts' expectations, and yesterday's numbers came in below predictions, so they were a disappointment.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

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ARI SHAPIRO, host: Unions are shutting down Greece today in what a prominent Greek newspaper calls the mother of all strikes. Flights are grounded, state offices are shuttered and shops are closed in the biggest organized protest against austerity measures since the debt crisis began almost two years ago. This week, parliament is expected to pass the latest package of cuts. But the protests show that the country's big unions will continue to resist. Joanna Kakississ has this story from Athens.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Middle East

Israelis React To Gilad Shalit Being Freed

Israelis reflect on the release of Gilad Shalit, after five years as a prisoner in the Gaza Strip. Sheera Frenkel reports.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

Fed Chairman Want Better Communication With The Public

Ari Shapiro talks to David Wessel, of "The Wall Street Journal," about why the Federal Reserve and its Chairman Ben Bernanke are very unpopular these days.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

American Airlines To Report 3rd Quarter Earnings

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All of the major U.S. airlines are expected to report a profit for the third quarter, except for American Airlines. Its earnings come out later today. If United Airlines and Delta can make money in this economy, what's the problem with American? NPR's Wade Goodwyn explains.

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