5:15pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

In Opening Argument, Prosecution Says Needles Have Clemens' DNA, Steroids

Lawyers delivered their opening arguments in the trial of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. Prosecutors told the jury that the government had needles and cotton swabs that had Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids, while the defense said the evidence was faked.

NPR's Nina Totenberg summed up the first day of the case for our Newscast unit like this:

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5:11pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Statehouse News

Mountain Towns Added to Disaster Request

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has asked for a major disaster declaration from President Obama for those parts of Eastern Kentucky damaged by flooding, high winds and tornadoes on June 19. Beshear requested Individual Assistance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

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5:09pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Statehouse News

State's E-Warrant System Expands

Frankfort - Five more Kentucky counties - Garrard, Jessamine, Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle - have been added to eWarrants, the state's electronic warrant management system. This brings to 84 the number of Kentucky counties utilizing eWarrants.  The Office of the Attorney General, along with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Open Portal Solutions, Inc., provided training and support for eWarrants.

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5:08pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Health

Army Tests Confidential Alcohol Abuse Program

About 20 percent of Army personnel report problem drinking. The number is statistically similar to the civilian population, but a recent study by the Department of Defense finds that binge drinking is increasing among the ranks.

In response, the Army has been testing a new program to reach out to soldiers in need of help by offering a confidential treatment option.

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4:47pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Will Play Japan In Women's World Cup Final

Hours after the U.S. team beat France to return to the Women's World Cup final for the first time since 1999, Japan beat Sweden, 3-1, in their semifinal match. The victory sets up the first game between the American women and the Japanese women in the 2011 tournament.

Sunday's title game is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m., ET.

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4:41pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Remembrances

Arctic Exhibit In Texas Highlights A Lifetime Of Work

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:40 am

Edmund "Ted" Carpenter on a ship from a Greenland expedition in the 1990s.
Adelaide de Menil

While the weather is sultry in Houston, the Menil Collection has a cool exhibit about ancient Arctic cultures.

"Upside Down" is a rare display of artifacts from a place where there is still much to be discovered.

Show Re-Creates Arctic Environment

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4:33pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Many First Responders Still Struggle To Communicate

Firefighters in the nation's capital (shown near the White House in 2004), have some fairly sophisticated communications devices. But those devices use the same commercial networks as D.C.-area residents. In an emergency, those networks can get crowded.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

After Sept. 11, there were widespread reports that public safety agencies responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center had trouble talking to one another. The problem: incompatible radios.

It was a common challenge among public service agencies nationwide. Different first responders had different radios operating on different frequencies. Billions of dollars later, federal, state and local governments have largely solved that challenge.

But many first responders still lack access to the kind of technology that many Americans carry on their waistbands or bags.

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4:33pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Twitter Provides A Trove Of Health Trends

Computer scientists say Twitter can tell us a lot about public health trends.
iStockphoto.com

Humans are innately social creatures, and one need look no further than the Twitter to see how potent the urge to share information is. According to the social networking site, as of the end of June Twitter users from all corners of the earth were sending 200 million tweets per day.

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4:22pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Austrian Man Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In License Photo

Niko Alm's original pictures.
Niko Alm

In Austria one of the strangest fights for religious freedom has come to an end: Niko Alm, a self-described "Pastafarian," fought for three years for the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's license photo.

His argument? Alm claimed he belonged to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and wearing the strainer was part of his religion.

The BBC reports:

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4:09pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Science And Medicine

Group Prenatal Care: Finding Strength In Numbers

Midwife Ana Luisa Ralston talks with Rosa Lainez (right), and Andrea Lopez about issues related to their upcoming deliveries during the Group Prenatal Care class at the Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington. Here, Ralston demonstrates a position to get in during labor.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

The Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C., is in transition. Shiny new condos have sprouted up in recent years, attracting a rush of new restaurants and national retail chains — Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond.

The building boom almost swallows up the pockets of poverty. An austere cement medical building — which predates all the recent gentrification — is one of those pockets.

It's a health center run by Unity Health Care. The majority of patients here are uninsured or receive Medicare, and more than 90 percent live below the poverty line.

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