7:40am

Fri October 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Asian Throat Singers and Brazilian Serenades

Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Cultures from four continents are represented this weekend during performances in central Kentucky.  There are throat singers from Asia,  musicians from Brazil, a drama based in an African brothel,  a couple of Chicago cops in big trouble.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has this list.

7:26am

Fri October 7, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Inbreeding Remarks Sparks Ethics Complaint

A North Carolina law professor has filed an ethics complaint against the Washington, D.C. law firm that insinuated inbreeding was responsible for birth defects in Appalachia. The law firm made the comments while trying to refute a study connecting mountaintop removal to birth defect rates. Law firm Crowell and Moring raised several issues with the study’s methodology, including that the authors failed to account for consanguinity—or inbreeding—which can also cause birth defects.

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7:23am

Fri October 7, 2011
All Politics are Local

Alcohol Sales Votes Follow Statewide Trend

A North Carolina law professor has filed an ethics complaint against the Washington, D.C. law firm that insinuated inbreeding was responsible for birth defects in Appalachia. The law firm made the comments while trying to refute a study connecting mountaintop removal to birth defect rates. Law firm Crowell and Moring raised several issues with the study’s methodology, including that the authors failed to account for consanguinity—or inbreeding—which can also cause birth defects.

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7:20am

Fri October 7, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Judge's Ruling Favors Coal Industry

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the coal industry in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.The National Mining Association sued the agency, questioning its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act to review permits for mountaintop removal mines.

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7:10am

Fri October 7, 2011
Around the Nation

'Life-Like' Polamalu Frightens Wax Museum Fans

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 10:55 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

If you don't already find wax museums a bit creepy, this might convince you. NFL star Troy Polamalu is famous for his long, black curls. And it's quite plausible he would be among the lifelike statues in Hollywood's Madam Tussauds. So when visitors sidled up for a souvenir photo with the wax figure in a Steelers jersey, they got a shock. It was alive. It was Polamalu in the flesh shooting a commercial and playing a prank. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:01am

Fri October 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Rural Western Pennsylvania Bridge Goes Missing

The bridge was stolen sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5. Police suspect thieves dismantled it to sell as scrap metal. It was made of corrugated steel valued at about $100,000.

6:50am

Fri October 7, 2011
Business and the Economy

Breeders Adapt to New Market Realities

ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN REGISTERED FOAL CROP.
The Jockey Club

When the final hammer went down at Keeneland's September yearling sale, almost 3,000 horses had sold, 500 fewer than last year.  However, they sold for over $233-million, which represents an increase of almost 13%.  Plus, the average value of each horse was up 18%. "I've farmed 45 years. We raise tobacco and horse operation. We grow our own hay, our own bedding. We board horses and my brother and I have horses together. We're farmers that love horses,” said horse breeder Frank Penn.

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6:45am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize, September Jobs Report

Good morning.

We've already posted about the top story so far today:

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Women Striving For Peace In Liberia And Yemen

And we're getting ready for what's expected to be the other major news of the morning — the 8:30 a.m. ET announcement from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the September unemployment rate and how many jobs were or were not added to payrolls last month.

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4:45am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Nobel Peace Prize About To Be Announced

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 11:54 am

Left to right: Nobel Peace Prize laureates President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

AP

Three women who have worked for peace and women's rights in Liberia and Yemen have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, it was just announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Yemeni protest leader Tawakkul Karman are being honored.

This year's Nobels come with about $1.5 million. That amount will be divided between the three laureates.

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4:29am

Fri October 7, 2011
National Security

Partisan Divide On National Security Shrinks

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney travels to the Citadel in South Carolina to deliver a speech on national security Friday. The issue has traditionally been a bright line between hawks and doves, Republicans and Democrats. But even on this, the third anniversary of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the politics are no longer clear cut.

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