12:01am

Tue October 11, 2011
Law

Thomas Confirmation Hearings Had Ripple Effect

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:20 am

Clarence Thomas took his oath of office on Oct. 23, 1991.

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Twenty years ago Tuesday, the nation was spellbound by a political and sexual drama that played out before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Following an NPR report, the committee was forced to hold a second round of confirmation hearings to examine allegations it had previously ignored about Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

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12:01am

Tue October 11, 2011
Author Interviews

Deen Does 'Southern' Fare ... With A Stick Of Butter

Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while her recipes are known for their bacon and butter, she and her family don't indulge in them every day.

Chia Chong

Food Network star Paula Deen loves seasoning, bacon and, of course, a bit of butter.

She also loves Southern cooking, which why her latest cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, explores the regional variations of Southern food.

Deen tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that she first discovered some of those variations in her home state of Georgia.

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12:01am

Tue October 11, 2011
Africa

Peace Prize Winner Seeks Re-Election In Liberia

Liberians go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president and lawmakers in the second key elections since the end of the civil war in 2003. The incumbent leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa's first democratically elected female president — was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but her opponents say she deserves neither the award nor re-election.

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4:53pm

Mon October 10, 2011
Statehouse News

Kentucky Revenues Up

 

 Kentucky's September General Fund tax receipts rose by 10 percent compared to year ago figures. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, General Fund receipts are up nearly 5 percent.  August figures were down sharply but enjoyed a healthy rebound in September, according to state Budget Director Mary Lassiter.

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4:48pm

Mon October 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Accident Prevention at Ford

 

Ford Motor Company is showing off new technology in Louisville that allows cars to communicate with each other. The technology would help prevent some 80 percent of all light-vehicle crashes, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. Ford demonstrated its research project in the parking lot at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The cars monitor a 300 meter circle and communicate with other cars using wi-fi and GPS and warn drivers of potential accidents.

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3:40pm

Mon October 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Government Info at Hand

 Information about Lexington city contracts, ordinance proposals, and other legislative documents will soon be just a few mouse clicks away.  There's a lot of information that goes into preparing a docket or agenda for a Lexington council meeting and it normally takes Deputy Council Clerk Meredith Nelson several days to complete. But a new web-based program called Legistar is making it easier for Nelson and the general public to keep track of council proposals.

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3:37pm

Mon October 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky's Part in a National Emergency Drill

 

Kentucky, along with all other states in the U.S., will participate in a national emergency alert system test a month from now.  The presidentially directed emergency alert system drill is set for the afternoon of November ninth.  Buddy Rogers, with Kentucky Emergency Management, says the call will go out to broadcasters all across the commonwealth.

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3:28pm

Mon October 10, 2011
All Tech Considered

Wis. Business Hopes To Help Break The CD Habit

Murfie is "sort of like eBay or swap.com combined with iTunes or an Amazon music locker," says co-founder Preston Austin.

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Carter Hooper had a problem. The 51-year-old from New Orleans had spent years lugging around his collection of 900 CDs.

"Those things survived Katrina, actually. I was in Katrina; I was in Biloxi, Miss., in a building that almost got blown away, but I had stacked those precious things up in the closet," Hooper says.

Then, Hooper discovered Murfie, a business in Madison, Wis., where he could ship all of his CDs for free, and still retain ownership of them.

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3:00pm

Mon October 10, 2011
National Security

Virus Infects Drone Network

A few weeks ago, at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, computer security experts came upon a virus in their network. The virus was recording every keystroke made by Air Force pilots who remotely operate Predator and Reaper drones that fly over war zones. And so far, they can't seem to wipe the virus from the system. Guy Raz talks to Noah Shachtman, contributing editor at Wired magazine, who first reported the story.

3:00pm

Mon October 10, 2011
Business

What Can We Learn From Business Failures?

Guy Raz talks to Chunka Mui, who co-wrote Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years, about the successes and failures of companies that present to the public a product that changes from what people are used to. Netflix has withdrawn a plan to mail DVDs to people under a new name. Coke tried to market New Coke. What will the public accept? What won't they? And how do you know it's time to reverse course?

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