8:39am

Thu September 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Weight-Loss Program Beats Doctor's Advice To Shed Pounds

This might be a good time for the doctor to talk about the benefits of shedding a few pounds.
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Doctors are supposed to help overweight patients lose weight, since those extra pounds boost the risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other illnesses. But those patients might be better off going to Weight Watchers, according to new research. And, a second study finds, paying for weight-loss programs now may reduce health care costs over the long haul.

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8:11am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

The Day After: Who Came Out On Top In The GOP Debate

Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney (L) looks at Texas Gov. Rick Perry as he speaks at the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Debate.
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The reviews are in of last night's Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library. The short of it is that the debate was all about Texas Gov. Rick Perry — the newest in the field and presumed "front runner" — and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Our friend Frank James at It's All Politics has analysis. But here's what others are saying this morning:

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7:02am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Costume Foils Gumby's Robbery Attempt

A clerk was standing in a San Diego 7-Eleven when Gumby walked in. Or rather a person dressed as Gumby. The clerk thought it was a joke so the robber tried to reach for his gun. But the costume's bulky green gloves got in the way. Gumby and an accomplice fled.

7:01am

Thu September 8, 2011
Science/Health

Dental Health Initiative in Appalachia

The Appalachian Regional Commission is joining with Kentucky’s higher education community, in hopes of improving dental health in eastern Kentucky.  In addition to the A-R-C, the partnership involves the University of Kentucky, the University of Pikeville, and Morehead State University.  The main goal is to increase the number of practicing dentists in Appalachia through better training, recruitment and educational assistance.

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6:56am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Shoplifter Has Expensive Taste In Groceries

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Here's a story about lobsters in shorts. Not wearing shorts. The lobsters were inside a guy's pockets. Police in Mississippi say the man was caught shoplifting at a supermarket. In his shorts: two bags of jumbo shrimp and two live lobsters. Police Chief Wayne Payne put it best: Good thing the rubber bands didn't break. The perpetrator prefers his seafood. Police say he also took a pork loin, but he threw that at employees.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Restauranteurs Urged To Take Part In Menu Labeling Program

Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Newscast Shows 9-11's Impact on Kentucky

The 9-11 did not simply target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nationwide, the threat was real. In Kentucky, southern governors who were here for a meeting sought safety. “We’re getting ourselves to try to take care of the governors that are here in the state and try to make sure government facilities are as secure as possible,” said then-Governor Paul Patton.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Faith and Values

Richmond Man has Mixed 9-11 Emotions

The 10th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks is burned in our memories.  WEKU reporter Ron Smith  says the occasion is  meaningful on several levels to a Richmond man. Many Americans shared Mustapha Jourdini’s initial reaction to the events of 9-11. “Aaaaahhh…it’s, it’s very depressing actually, since I heard the news, I’m psychologically depressed,” recalled Jourdini.  At the time of that September 12th, 2001 interview, Jourdini was a 24 year-old Eastern Kentucky University student. Today he’s academic advisor in EKU’s Honors program. Jourdini, who’s a native of Morocco, was not only saddened by the loss of life that day.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Revisiting Kentucky's 9-11

Kentuckians mostly witnessed the 9-11 terror attacks on television, but, follow-up attacks seemed probable, maybe even in Kentucky.  So, like the rest of the nation, airspace over the Commonwealth was shut down.  Runways in Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Lexington stood still and remained still for days.  On 9-11, Bluegrass Airport spokesman Tom Tyra saw few stranded passengers.  Not knowing what to expect, the airport and its airlines were working to quickly resume operations.

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4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Politics

Perry, Romney Capture Spotlight At GOP Debate

Transcript

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, Im David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And Im Steve Inskeep.

Just a few months ago, many Republicans seemed to assume that their candidate for president would be a long shot in 2012.

GREENE: But now President Obama is looking more vulnerable, so Republican candidates attended a debate last night, knowing that one of them could have a real chance to win.

INSKEEP: First, of course, they battle each other. Former front-runner Mitt Romney faced with the current front runner, Rick Perry.

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