Fri July 8, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Tries To Put Good Face On Bad Job Numbers

The White House tried to put as good a face as possible on bad jobs numbers: The private sector added 57,000 jobs in June. Republicans jumped right in and said no "job killing" tax hikes. Did threading the needle get even more complicated?


Fri July 8, 2011

In Minn. Government Shutdown, State Parks Suffer

Afton State Park is one of the victims of Minnesota's government shutdown.
David Schaper

In Minnesota, the state government shutdown is in its second week, with no end in sight.

The state's Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, and Republican legislative leaders remain divided over how to balance the budget. The two sides did not meet today and no new budget negotiations are scheduled.

Among the many state facilities that are closed are state parks, in the midst of peak season for camping, fishing and swimming. Outdoor enthusiasts in Minnesota aren't happy about it.

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Fri July 8, 2011
It's All Politics

N.Y. Democrats Choose State Assemblyman As Candidate For Weiner's Seat

New York State Assemblyman David Weprin has been chosen by local Democratic leaders to be their candidate to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), whose career imploded in a sexting scandal that forced him to resign from office.

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Fri July 8, 2011

T-Minus One Last Time For America's Spaceship

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

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Friday — the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Friday morning was absolutely your last chance to watch a 20-story-tall space shuttle rise, pivot and speed away over the Atlantic Ocean with a crew of NASA astronauts aboard.

Hundreds of thousands of onlookers claimed their spots on the Florida coast to watch the liftoff of Atlantis. And of the shuttle program's 135 launches, Friday's was a suspenseful one.

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Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Iceland: Land Of Stark Beauty And, Lately, A Run Of Bad Luck

A bird's eye view on the flight from Iceland to Greenland.
Philip Reeves NPR

NPR correspondents are gathering material for a summer series about the Arctic. The race has begun to exploit the far north's potentially vast deposits of oil and gas. They're reporting on the impact of the work being done there.

Philip Reeves this week set off for Greenland and filed these notes about his journey, which included a stop-over in Iceland.

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Fri July 8, 2011
The Record

Manuel Galban, Cuban Guitarist, Has Died

Manuel Galban.
Alejandro Perez Courtesy of Big Hassle

Manuel Galban, a man who helped shape the sound of modern Cuban music, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana. He was 80 years old.

Galban played guitar on the 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, a collaboration between traditional Cuban musicians and American guitarist and composer Ry Cooder. But Galban's popularity in his home country long preceded that album and resulting documentary.

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Fri July 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

Alltech Sponsoring Another WEG

A central Kentucky company is again sponsoring the largest equestrian event in the world. Alltech President Dr. Pearse Lyons announced Friday that his animal nutrition and brewery business will again be the title sponsor for the World Equestrian Games.

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Fri July 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

Statewide Economic Plan Developing

Under the direction of the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board, the Cabinet for Economic Development Friday announced it has engaged Boyette Strategic Advisors, an economic development consulting firm, to develop a statewide economic development strategic plan. Called "Kentucky’s Unbridled Future," the plan will provide direction to enhance job creation and investment in the state over the next several years.


Fri July 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

Factory to Lay Off 100 Employees

Nicholasville's Trim Masters plant, located at 401 Enterprise Drive.
Mike Moore Jessamine Journal

The Nicholasville Trim Masters plant anticipates laying off more than 100 employees, Jessamine County Economic Development director Wayne Foster said. The said the factory will remain open. The company makes door trim, including injection molding and assembly, seat assembly and vacuum forming and assembly for the automotive industry.


Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Pontiac Show in Bowling Green

Bill Sammons (left) of Lexington and Clarence Stanley of Sylvania, Ohio, talk about the similarities between Pontiac and Chrevrolet car tops Thursday during the 2011 Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention at the Sloan Convention Center.
Pete Rodman Frankfort State Journal

For many years, tales of the existence of a 1959 Pontiac El Catalina were the stuff of legend. Rumor had it that Pontiac had built two of these prototype sedan pickups, and one was in the hands of a collector. The vehicle hadn’t been seen in public in years, but that changed this week when it was on display at the Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center.