Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, says Syrian security troops have made mistakes in the past several weeks as officers crush a civilian uprising, according to AP, which obtained the comments from the Syrian al-Watan newspaper.
The UN estimates at least 850 people have died in the bloody crackdown against those protesting the Assad government and thousands of others have been arrested, many without charge.
Praising Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, the Republican Governors Association issued a statement Tuesday in support of the GOP nominee that blasted Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama. Williams beat Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in the May 17 primary with 48 percent of the vote, but lost to both challengers in the state’s most populous counties.
An area of rundown, vacant houses in Richmond faces a radical makeover. Mayor Jim Barnes Wednesday announced a plan to transform the Tipton Court neighborhood. “It’s dilapidated housing. And what we’re doing is we’re tearing up those houses, there’s like six or seven houses that are in bad shape,” said Barnes.
You just knew someone was going to see the obvious Twitter possibilities in the news that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), he of the John Ensign sex scandal, was leaving the bipartisan "gang of six" group of senators trying to achieve a grand bargain to narrow the nation's deficits and debt.
More than 2000 homes were destroyed in Tuscaloosa, Ala. during the April 27 tornadoes. The community is working through local organizations to shelter storm victims who've lost their homes. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lavongee Battle, who's been living in a shelter with her four-year-old, and Gena Robinson of the Red Cross of Mid-Alabama, which runs the shelter housing Battle.
The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway along the Mississippi River. It was meant to take pressure off the levees in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as redirect water to rural areas and farmlands. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Greg Allen, who's been covering the flood in Louisiana and shares locals' stories.
Vicksburg, Mississippi Mayor Paul Winfield says the flooding is not as extensive as photos make it seem. He says residents are prepared partly due to his three pronged approach to flood management. Host Michel Martin speaks with Mayor Winfield about the flooding in Vicksburg and his approach to dealing with the flood and reconstruction.