Fri September 30, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Libya's Newest Concern: Looming Political Battles

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 6:48 pm

Abdel Hakim Belhaj (center left), a prominent militia commander, walks with Transitional National Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil in Tripoli on Sept. 10. The battle to oust Moammar Gadhafi produced a number of leaders who will have to work together to form a new government.
Francois Mori AP

Libya's victorious militias are still fighting the last forces loyal to ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi, but as the military endgame draws closer, some are worrying about the political battles that are just beginning.

The question is an old one for revolutionaries: How to go from a military triumph to a civilian government?

In Libya, the problem is magnified because the fighting is still going on and the military consists of various regional militias that don't answer to a single commander.

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Fri September 30, 2011
NPR Story

Commentator Jo Carson Dies At 64

Michele Norris and Melissa Block remember former All Things Considered commentator Jo Carson who died earlier this month in the place where she was born — John City, Tenn. She was 64. She was a playwright, fiction author, and children's' book author.


Fri September 30, 2011

The Man Behind The Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Alabama and Arizona have some of the toughest immigration laws in the country. Behind both states' laws, and many others, is Kris Kobach, a constitutional lawyer and the Kansas secretary of state.

Kobach has helped several other states shape immigration legislation, and he says there's more to come in 2012.

Many national stories have called the 45-year-old conservative a "movie star," handsome and loaded with charisma. He looked the part greeting some 60 guests during a recent address to the Pachyderm Club in Topeka, Kan.

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Fri September 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Data On Same-Sex Couples Reveal Changing Attitudes

Ryan Witmer (left) and Jhonmar Castillo wait with other couples to exchange vows in a civil union ceremony June 2 in Chicago's Millennium Park. New data from the U.S. census may reveal as much about changing attitudes as about changing numbers.
Scott Olson Getty Images

As bans on gay marriage and civil unions spread across the majority of America in the past decade, new U.S. Census figures reveal a starkly different trend: The number of same-sex partnerships skyrocketed even in the most prohibitive states.

Some 646,464 gay couples said they lived together in last year's census, an increase of 80 percent from 2000, according to revised figures released this week. Same-sex couples make up just 1 percent of all married and unmarried couples in the U.S., but as a group they nonetheless made large gains in every state.

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Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Economists Say Indicators All Point Toward Recession

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the Lower House of German parliament Bundestag in Berlin after a vote on legislation to expand the EU's rescue fund.
Michael Kappeller AFP/Getty Images

Today, we've read nothing but bad economic news. The worst of which came from the Economic Cycle Research Institute, an independent forecasting group.

Lakshman Achuthan, the managing director of ECRI, was on CNBC this morning and he had the hosts cringing. After Achutan said "a vicious circle has started," and that "we're not going to escape" a double-dip recession, one of the anchors said, "A drink?"

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Fri September 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Contempt Case Dropped Against Clark Co. Jailer

Prosecutors abruptly dropped all possibility of charges against Clark County Jailer Bobby Stone Thursday, after an investigation found no evidence to support any charges. The possibility of contempt charges surfaced in February after two prisoners were released from the jail before their sentences were completed. The case was scheduled for a pre-trial conference Thursday morning before a special judge, but prosecutors instead filed a motion to dismiss the case.


Fri September 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Clark Co. Helps Bullitt Co. Fund Smoking Ban Appeal

The Clark County Board of Health will support the Bullitt County Board of Health as it appeals a Bullitt Circuit Court decision ruling a county-wide indoor smoking ban was unconstitutional. The Clark County board voted to provide the Bullitt board with $5,000 - money the Clark board earned for providing consulting services to UK.


Fri September 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fireball Run Participants Focus on Missing Children

Joseph Taverna (left) of Quebec, Canada, and Tim Flanary of Mount Airy, Md., plan their route Thursday from the National Corvette Museum to Clarksville, Tenn., during the Chevrolet Fireball Run.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

There are two main reasons why NASCAR star Geoff Bodine is driving across the country on a scavenger hunt: 4-year-old Trust Everitt and 9-year-old Journey Everitt. The siblings have been missing for nearly a year, and Bodine hopes they are soon found. The mission brought him and teams of other people, including an astronaut and an actor, to Bowling Green on Thursday during the 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally. Teams of people have been driving around the country since Saturday, stopping in different cities where they receive assignments and directions to their next location. By this Saturday, they will have traveled 2,500 miles and stopped in 15 cities, including Bowling Green and Scottsville.


Fri September 30, 2011

Legislators Promote Military Academies

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, noted Thursday night he was once in the same seat as the people like Justin Poe. A junior at Warren Central High School, Poe has been eyeing an opportunity to attend a military academy for some time. Thursday night at Bowling Green's Carroll Knicely Conference Center, as part of an Academy Information Fair hosted by the offices of Guthrie and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaders detailed what it takes to get into a military academy as well as answered students’ and parents’ questions.


Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

On NPR: Al-Awlaki Talked Of Muslims Being Hurt In Post-Sept. 11World

Long before U.S. officials said he was one of the world's most-wanted terrorists, Anwar al-Awlaki was a Muslim cleric who U.S. media outlets would turn to during discussions about the post-Sept. 11 world.

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