9:59am

Sun July 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

'Texting' Ban Lacks Enforcement

In early January, 22-year-old Elizabeth Burrous was driving to the hospital to see a family friend. She didn't make it out of her Erlanger neighborhood before a police officer pulled her over. Her offense: failing to yield because she was texting. The law went into effect one year ago, but for the first six months officers only issued verbal warnings. Citations and fines began Jan. 1. In the first six months, nine people in Northern Kentucky were cited for texting behind the wheel. Statewide there were 144 citations issued under the law, which also includes a ban on anyone under 18 talking on a cell phone while driving.

9:55am

Sun July 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Man Allegedly Assaults Deputy

A Henderson man allegedly assaulted a Henderson County deputy early Saturday morning. He is also accused of resisting arrest and leading city and county law enforcement officials on foot and vehicle chases. According to police reports, Deputy Bob Wathen confronted 47-year-old Paul S. Gregory in an attempt to arrest him on a failure to appear warrant and domestic violence order violation. Gregory reportedly assaulted Wathen and fled the scene on foot.

9:52am

Sun July 3, 2011
Sports

NASCAR Comes to Kentucky

To prepare for its first NASCAR Sprint Cup event Saturday, Kentucky Speedway added two grandstand towers that stand over Turn 4, pictured, and Turn 1. The additions helped push the speedway's seating capacity to 107,000.
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After more than a decade of struggle and dashed hopes, Kentucky Speedway will at long last play host to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The green flag drops on Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Co. in the Quaker State 400 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It remains to be seen whether the average Joe and Jane sports fans in the commonwealth who are not weekly NASCAR followers will embrace the race simply because Sprint Cup has now come to Kentucky.

9:26am

Sun July 3, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: Best Beaches And Lessons Old Age Teaches

Doheny Beach in Orange County, Calif., photographed in 2005. A report on pollution at the nation's beaches found that Doheny failed at least one water quality standard 42 percent of the time it was tested in 2010.
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In an unprecedented public hearing, a panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration considered whether the pricey drug Avastin should keep its approval for the treatment of breast cancer. The agency is moving to pull the approval for that use, and we talk about the outcome of the hearing in this week's podcast.

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8:14am

Sun July 3, 2011
Space

Whither The Astronauts Without A Shuttle?

Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang waves on a spacewalk during a 2009 shuttle visit to the International Space Station.
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On July 8, the final space shuttle will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. With it comes the end of a 40-year program that's put more humans in space than any other.

NASA is retiring its fleet of shuttle spacecraft to build something that can take humans past the moon and into deep space. That's expected to take years, leaving astronauts with some hard choices about what to do in the meantime.

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8:00am

Sun July 3, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Protesters Square Off, Settle In

Syria's Arab Spring continues into the summer, but after 16 weeks, the government and the demonstrators appear to have reached a stalemate. The uprising presents the greatest challenge to the 40-year rule of one family and one party, in a complex country that is pivotal to stability in the region. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, one of a small group of western journalists being allowed to report from Syria, under government supervision.

8:00am

Sun July 3, 2011
Sports

Tour Winner May Not Be First Over Finish Line

On Saturday, the world's greatest cyclists finished the first stage of this year's Tour de France. Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is favored to win the Tour this year, but he's caught up in a doping scandal. If he does win, he may have his title stripped. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with Bicycling Magazine's Joe Lindsey, who's covering this year's race.

8:00am

Sun July 3, 2011
Around the Nation

King's Memorial Takes Shape Near His 'Dream' Spot

On the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being sculpted. When finished, it will have a view of the Lincoln Memorial, where the civil rights leader gave his I Have A Dream speech. Guest host Susan Stamberg visits the construction site and speaks with third-generation stone carver Nick Benson and Executive Architect Ed Jackson.

8:00am

Sun July 3, 2011
Food

Will And Kate Sample Canada's Native Fare

This week, Britain's Prince William and the former Kate Middleton are making their first official state visit as a couple. Canada is the nation with the honors, and on Sunday, the couple heads to a quieter corner of the country, Prince Edward Island. At a resort there, they'll sample some traditional islander fare. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with Joerg Soltermann, head chef at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, about what's on the menu.

8:00am

Sun July 3, 2011
Strange News

It's No Movie, It's A $#@%& Scorpion On A Plane

Just when you thought the friendly skies had gotten friendlier, a predatory arthropod gets past security. Guest host Susan Stamberg has more.

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