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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.