3:18pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Environment

Want To Improve Your Lawn? Don't Bag Those Leaves

The National Audubon Society considers fall leaves to be "natural vitamins" to use in yards.

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Every year, about 8 million tons of fallen leaves end up in landfills.

That's according to Melissa Hopkins of the National Audubon Society, who offers alternatives to raking up leaves and throwing them away.

"A lot of people think that when leaves fall, you need to really quickly scoop them up and get rid of them," she tells NPR's Melissa Block as they take a look Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., covered in a blanket of leaves. "We think about leaves as vitamins. They are free vitamins that naturally occur in your yard."

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3:17pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Two Miners Found Dead in Ohio County

The bodies of two men killed in an accident on an Ohio County surface mine have been recovered. Rescue teams reached the bodies of 47-year-old Darrel Winstead of Madisonville and 33-year-old Samuel Lindsey of Mortons Gap around 1:15pm EDT.

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3:08pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Chicago Architect Off CentrePointe Project

Citizens view Jeanne Gang's designs for CentrePointe earlier this July.
Josh James Kentucky Public Radio

It's back to the drawing board for the developer looking to fill Lexington's vacant CentrePointe block. Dudley Webb has taken Chicago architect Jeanne Gang off the project. Back in July, many Lexingtonians hailed Jeanne Gang's futuristic designs for CentrePointe as a step forward for the city, with a few, like Robert Maras, calling it "the greatest thing, I think, that's ever happened to Lexington." 

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3:00pm

Fri October 28, 2011
NPR Story

Week In Politics: Executive Orders; Income Inequality

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.

3:00pm

Fri October 28, 2011
NPR Story

Some Economics Say GDP Paints A Limited Picture

When there's an oil spill or if a city is choked by air pollution, you won't find any of that in a country's most important economic indicator, the GDP. Economists call these actions negative externalities. And some say they should be included in the official assessment of a country's economy.

2:59pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Watchdogs Take Back Claim About $16 Muffins

Federal watchdogs now concede they made a mistake when they criticized the Justice Department for paying $16 each for muffins at a conference. But they also say Justice still needs to be careful about how it spends taxpayer money.

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2:54pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Youth Radio

Injured Vet Becomes Symbol For Occupy Oakland

A photograph of Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen is seen Thursday at a vigil. Olsen was severely injured during a standoff between police and protesters in Oakland, Calif., two days earlier. He remains hospitalized.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The bloodied face of a 24-year-old Iraq veteran has become a symbol for protesters in Oakland, Calif., drawing attention to the level of force used by police and sparking criticism of the mayor's handling of the Occupy movement.

Scott Olsen came to Occupy Oakland after work Tuesday night to support the protesters. Witnesses say that when clashes broke out, he was struck in the head by a projectile fired by police — either a rubber bullet or a tear gas canister. He was hospitalized with a fractured skull.

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2:10pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Live From New York: Statue Of Liberty Webcams Are On

The view from above at the Statue of Liberty, where webcams were turned on today.

EarthCam.com

On this 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication, webcams have been turned on to let everyone see views of:

-- The torch.

-- The crown and the ground below.

-- Ellis Island.

-- A streaming of the harbor from the torch.

-- And a streaming view of the statue from Brooklyn.

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1:58pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medical Schools Say Magazine's Ratings Get An Incomplete

Says who?

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Deans from some of the nation's top medical schools met Thursday — not to talk about training doctors or weathering economic challenges — but to size up the people who grade them.

The sit-down between editors at U.S. News & World Report and the top brass at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and several other schools showed how seriously those in medicine's ivory tower take the magazine's annual rankings.

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1:50pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Junction City Paves Way for Alcohol Sales

Junction City is quickly moving away from prohibition with preliminary approval of two ordinances detailing alcohol requirements and restrictions. The City Council unanimously approved first reading Thursday of ordinances allowing package liquor sales, retail beer sales and alcohol by the drink at restaurants. The measures will not take effect until the council votes on a second reading Monday, said Merl Baldwin, city police chief and soon-to-be local Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator.

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