12:54pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Authorities Will Not File Charges Against Football Player In Saggy Pants Saga

Deshon Marman, the 20-year-old college football player who was kicked off a plane and arrested in San Francisco for his sagging pants, will face no charges related to the incident.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

... In a statement today, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said no charges would be filed against Marman.

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12:50pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Coal Mine Safety up to Miners, Supervisors

Once again Kentucky mine safety officials are asking what could have been done to prevent a death on the job. 26 year old Ryan Thatcher of Salyersville died Monday while working at a Martin County mine.  His was the third coal-related death this year. Kentucky Mine Safety and Licensing executive director Johnny Green says tools, technology and regulations are in place to prevent deaths and accidents in the mines.  Green traces some problems to miners themselves and those people who supervise them.

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12:22pm

Wed July 13, 2011
All Tech Considered

Netflix Raises Ire Of Some Subscribers After Price Hike

Carleen Ho picks up a movie from her mailbox in Palo Alto, Calif.
(Paul Sakuma/AP

Judging from the comments left on the Netflix blog post announcing the company's move toward unbundling its mailed DVD and online streaming services, a lot of customers are not happy.

"Way to go again Netflix — Divide and Conquer — EPIC FAIL!!" was the response from one mildly disgruntled customer. Several others directed Netflix to dispose of their accounts in ways that we wouldn't want to detail on a family website like NPR.org.

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12:16pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Group Presses for End to Bridge Suit

The newly-formed group "Kentuckians For Progress" continues its public relations push to persuade the River Fields conservancy to drop is lawsuit that seeks to delay construction of an east end bridge. River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed the federal suit two years ago, claiming the Federal Highway Administration did not follow federal law when it approved the Ohio River Bridges Project in 2003.

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12:13pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Scores First Against France In World Cup Semifinal

American Heather O'Reilly fed a perfect pass to Lauren Cheney, and the result was a score from close range in the ninth minute, as the U.S. women's national team got an early edge over France in the semifinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

In the game's early minutes, play was fast and spirited, each team hoping to get that all-important first goal.

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12:00pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Health

Moms, Kids Hit Hard As Medicaid Faces Scalpel

As government officials work on reducing the federal deficit, over 12 states are lowering pay for doctors, health care providers and hospitals treating the poor. To learn how the cuts started and what consequences they bear for the public, host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner and Dr. David Ellington, who practices in one of the states imposing cuts.

11:14am

Wed July 13, 2011
All Politics are Local

GOP Divided Over McConnell Debt Plan

Speaking to WHAS-AM radio personality Mandy Connell on Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., defended his proposal to give President Barack Obama unilateral authority to raise the debt ceiling even if party leaders can’t agree on ways to reduce the debt moving forward. McConnell’s proposal gives the president the power to request increases of up to $2.5 trillion in three separate installments over the next year if they are coupled with larger spending cuts.

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11:01am

Wed July 13, 2011
Business

In Ill., Higher Corporate Taxes Threaten Big Business

Some of the biggest corporate headquarters in the country are located along the Chicago River.
David Schaper

Illinois lawmakers are re-examining the state's business tax climate, just six months after raising the corporate income tax rate. The move comes as some corporate giants threaten to move out of Illinois. Some wonder how far the state should go to keep them.

Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says his members aren't happy with the state's approach towards businesses.

"Big-name, household-name companies that are long-standing Illinois businesses have begun to rattle the cage and say, you know, this isn't the best environment," he says.

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10:38am

Wed July 13, 2011
Business

Murdoch's News Corp. Withdraws BSkyB Bid

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn its bid for BSkyB, a major U.K. broadcaster. Murdoch is embroiled in a phone hacking scandal involving the tabloid News of the World, which News Corp. shut down last week. Steve Inskeep talks about the announcement with NPR's David Folkenflik in London.

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