12:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

LGBTs Gain New Chapter In History Books

Calif. public schools are now required to add accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in social studies curriculums. To learn which parts of LGBT history might be included and how religiously conservative individuals might address this addition, host Michel Martin speaks with Don Romesburg, an assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University.

12:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
World

Somalis Face Famine, Overcrowded Refugee Camps

A massive drought has hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. The U.N. also officially declared today that some parts of Somalia are facing famine. Host Michel Martin discusses the situation with Azad Essa, an Al Jazeera English journalist who just returned from the region; and Reuben Brigety, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.

11:20am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Heat Wave Spreading East; No Relief For Days

The deadly heat wave that has been making things miserable in much of the Midwest for several days has begun to spread east and the National Weather Service warns that things are going to be stifling:

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11:02am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Minnesota's Shutdown Ends

"Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has signed the state budget, ending a 20-day state government shutdown," our friends at Minnesota Public Radio report.

They add that "Dayton signed nine budget bills and three other spending bills about five hours after the Republican-controlled Legislature approved them."

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10:44am

Wed July 20, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Murdoch Cut Down To Size

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Murdoch and his son James Murdoch were questioned by a parliamentary committee of British lawmakers Tuesday over the phone hacking scandal.
Matt Dunham AP

Katrina vanden Heuvel is a columnist for The Washington Post and is featured weekly on The Nation.

"We are sorry" read the full-page ads Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has taken out in Britain, part of a new atonement campaign clearly orchestrated by the public relations firm brought on to help "manage" the company's phone-hacking crisis.

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10:33am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Work Progresses on Ohio River Bridge

Work continues on construction of a new Ohio River bridge connecting Milton - in Trimble County - with Madison, Ind. Later in the summer Walsh Construction will erect temporary support towers on the downriver side of the existing bridge location onto which the new truss system will be lifted and placed. These towers will carry the weight of the bridge when traffic is transferred from the existing structure onto the temporary location. Once traffic is rerouted to the new bridge on the temporary towers the demolition of the old bridge superstructure will begin.

10:25am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Wendi Deng Murdoch: Rupert's Savior In More Than One Way?

Originally published on Wed July 20, 2011 10:28 am

June 11, 2011, file photo: Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

10:24am

Wed July 20, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawsuit Claims Negligence at Jail

An inmate at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center died last year after his diabetes was left untreated, and jail employees watched him lie unresponsive for an hour before calling an ambulance, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges. The estate of James Sours filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Pikeville against the regional jail in Johnson County, which was the target of a grand jury investigation last year; another inmate died in 2009.

10:20am

Wed July 20, 2011
Statehouse News

Nursing Home Faces Feds

What began as county-level allegations against an Erlanger nursing home was elevated all the way to the federal level because authorities wanted a tougher possible punishment. While using the federal False Claims Act is not a common practice in taking action against nursing homes, there is precedent nationally, even if it hasn't been used in Kentucky for such purposes until Friday's civil lawsuit against Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care Center and Rehabilitation.

10:11am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Legislators Prepare for Redistricting

Legislators will prepare this week for the task of redrawing the political district lines. Tim Storey, a senior fellow from the National Conference of State Legislatures, on Thursday will explain the process and history of political redistricting to the legislators who will start the process either in a special session or the next regular session of the General Assembly in 2012. The state redistricts political boundaries once every decade to reflect the population changes shown by the U.S. Census.

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