5:00am

Tue August 2, 2011
Europe

Some Worry French Military Stretched Too Thin

France has been engaged on numerous military fronts this year as the country's armed forces back up President Nicolas Sarkozy's active foreign policy. The French military's quick success in ousting Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo was lauded, but other interventions — like the one in Libya — drag on, leaving many to wonder if public support and the country's budget will be able to keep pace.

Analysts say the French military is in crisis, strained by restructuring and budget cuts, and tested by three simultaneous conflicts abroad.

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4:59am

Tue August 2, 2011
Crime In The City

Taking On Crime In A Racially Divided D.C.

George Pelecanos' 17 crime novels take place in and around Washington, D.C. Pelecanos has also written for HBO's The Wire and Treme, which take place in Baltimore and New Orleans, but he says his novels will always be set in D.C.
Mai-Trang Dang via Flickr

All 17 of George Pelecanos' crime novels have been set in his hometown of Washington, D.C. — but he isn't writing about politicians, lawyers or lobbyists. Instead, Pelecanos' stories look at the city's greasers and drug dealers; its working black families and its ethnic neighborhoods.

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4:59am

Tue August 2, 2011
Energy

Worries Over Water As Natural Gas Fracking Expands

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:24 pm

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a natural gas drilling rig near Burlington, Pa. The industry is expected to drill as many as 10,000 new wells in the next few years.
Ralph Wilson AP

Drive through northern Pennsylvania and you'll see barns, cows, silos and drilling rigs perched on big, concrete pads.

Pennsylvania is at the center of a natural gas boom. New technology is pushing gas out of huge shale deposits underground. That's created jobs and wealth, but it may be damaging drinking water. That's because when you "frack," as hydraulic fracturing is called, you pump millions of gallons of fluids underground. That cracks the shale a mile deep and drives natural gas up to the surface — gas that otherwise could never be tapped.

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2:00am

Tue August 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Despite Progressive Image, Berea's Fairness Law Stuck

Ron Smith WEKU News

Berea has a history of being in the forefront of social change, but an effort to protect citizens based on their sexual orientation faces an uncertain future.  WEKU’S Ron Smith has the story. This report contains language that’s objectionable to many people.

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10:09pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Education

New School Lexington's Greenest

 With not one, but two water collection systems, sloped-ceiling classroom designs to incorporate both solar and natural lighting, an outdoor classroom and garden space, Wellington Elementary Principal Meribeth Gaines says the five hundred or so students that will soon call this place home, will be surrounded with daily lessons on sustainability.It's being billed as Fayette County's most energy efficient and sustainable elementary school building, and on Monday, administrators, teachers, and volunteers took time out to show off the new Wellington Elementary School.

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8:56pm

Mon August 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

Most, Not All, KY Congressmen Compromise

A majority of Kentucky lawmakers assisted the US House in passing legislation to keep the government from defaulting on its loans. Lawmakers have gotten an earful from angry voters lately and that extended to the House floor.  Nine protestors were arrested in the Gallery after chanting their opposition to the compromise measure on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

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7:49pm

Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Pays House A Surprise Visit For Debt Vote

The House of Representatives' vote to approve a bill raising the U.S. federal debt ceiling ended weeks of uncertainty and bitter debate. But even as the vote tally came in, the loudest cheers in the chamber were heard when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) made her first appearance on the House floor since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January.

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7:48pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Economy

House Passes Debt Ceiling Bill

The House passes the bill to raise the debt ceiling. The final vote was 269 to 161. During the vote, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an appearance on the House floor for the first time since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January. She voted in favor for the bill. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook for more.

7:25pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Economy

House Votes On Debt Ceiling Plan

Originally published on Mon August 1, 2011 8:30 pm

The House is voting on the debt ceiling plan brokered by the White House and congressional leaders. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook and David Welna for the state of play.

7:10pm

Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

House Approves Bill To Raise Federal Debt Limit

The House voted Monday to extend the federal debt limit and enact spending cuts. Here, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives for a meeting with House Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden at the Capitol.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The House of Representatives has approved legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevent a possible U.S. default, as the nation moves toward ending a bitter standoff.

The bill passed by a vote of 269 to 161; it required only a simple majority to pass.

A loud round of applause broke out on the House floor as the votes came in — apparently prompted by the sudden appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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