6:49am

Tue October 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Arena Task Force Holds Public Meeting

The central Kentucky community is invited to a public meeting Tuesday evening about the future of downtown Lexington and Rupp Arena. Architect Gary Bates of Space Group will be at the event. He's the man chosen by the Arena, Arts & Entertainment District task force for a design upgrade of Rupp Arena, the Lexington Center, and the surrounding area. Chairman Brent Rice says the task force has spent the past several months gathering information, and hired the consulting firm Global Spectrum.

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4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Election 2012

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Gets Positive Voter Reaction

Herman Cain's simplified tax plan has vaulted him into the spotlight and has sent his poll numbers soaring. But do people actually know much about the Republican presidential candidate's 9-9-9 tax plan, and how it would affect them?

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Held For 5 Years, Shalit Will Need Time To Adjust

The Israeli soldier being released in the prisoner exchange with the Palestinian group Hamas is Gilad Shalit. The head of Israel's largest support group for captured soldiers knows better than most what Shalit will experience when he emerges from captivity.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Israeli Soldier Freed In Exchange For Palestinian Prisoners

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:20 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

A dramatic prisoner swap is underway now, between Israel and the Palestinians. After five years in captivity, Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, is free. He is in Israel, and we'll go there in a moment.

First, to the West Bank and the city of Ramallah. That's where NPR's Peter Kenyon is, surrounded by a jubilant crowd of Palestinians.

Good morning, Peter.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

A men's store in Tokyo is using Radio-frequency identification technology inside the clothes hangers. When a customer removes an item from the rack, that triggers a display on a nearby screen to show product information for that item, and even matching accessories.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Europe

EU To Decide Food Aid Program's Future

As Europe's debt crisis drags on, the social safety nets in place in eurozone countries are beginning to fray. One long-standing program, which is financed by the European Union, and uses surplus food stocks, may end soon. The decision on whether to cut funding to the food aid program comes as more people join the soup lines.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Africa

Liberia's Presidential Runoff Set For Next Month

The election pits Nobel Peace Prize winner and incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, against fellow Harvard graduate Winston Tubman, who is a one-time justice minister and former U.N. diplomat. Prince Johnson, a rebel leader turned senator, is backing the incumbent because she's the lesser of two evils.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Election 2012

Critic Warns: 'Look' At 9-9-9 Proposal's 'Numbers'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:20 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

While Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax proposal has proven effective as a marketing device, it's also inspired criticism from across the political spectrum. Here's tax attorney and Republican candidate, Michele Bachmann, attacking the plan.

MICHELE BACHMANN: One thing I would say, is when you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil's in the details.

MONTAGNE: There's also been plenty of skepticism about the details from liberal quarters. That includes Cornell University economist, Robert H. Frank.

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1:36am

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Hamas Militants Release Captured Israeli Soldier

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:19 am

Released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, (second right), walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, (second left), Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, on Tuesday. Schalit returned home from more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Ministry AP

Thousands of people jammed the tiny hometown of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday to celebrate his arrival after more than five years in the captivity of Hamas militants.

Shalit was freed hours earlier in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in the most lopsided prisoner swap in Israel's history.

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12:01am

Tue October 18, 2011
Economy

Obama Drives Jobs Plan Message To N.C. Crowds

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:20 am

With his bus in the background, President Barack Obama greets people outside of Mast General Store in Boone, N.C., Monday. Obama is on a three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act.

Susan Walsh AP

President Obama is drawing sharp contrasts between his jobs plan and the ideas put forward by Republicans in Congress as he continues his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia. That may not bring his jobs plan any closer to passing, but it does help frame the argument for the 2012 election.

Obama is urging Congress to pass his jobs bill piece by piece if necessary. And the piece he was highlighting Monday night in an overheated high school gym in Millers Creek, N.C., would use federal tax dollars to help local governments keep teachers and other employees on the payroll.

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