Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Troopers Join Labor Day Crackdown

Kentucky state police will be out in force Labor Day weekend as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign is part of a national push to keep drunk drivers off the road during one of the busier travel weekends of the year. Last year in Kentucky, a total of 4,762 collisions were caused by drivers under the influence - 167 were fatal. It's a grim number, but Lt. David Jude with the Kentucky State Police says there are some positive trends to report as well. 

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Wed August 31, 2011

Opponents say Instant Racing a Felony

As a western Kentucky horse track prepares to implement instant racing Thursday, a conservative policy group is announcing its latest attempt to stop the effort. The Family Foundation says Kentucky Downs is violating the state's gambling law by moving forward with instant racing, which allows players to bet on previously run horse races using a video terminal that looks like a slot machine. 

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Wed August 31, 2011
Around the Nation

Phila. Police Enlist Private Cameras To Capture Crime

A camera is mounted on a building near Temple University in Philadelphia. Humberto Fernandini, with the company that owns the building, says the owners plan to register their cameras for the police department's new program.
Elizabeth Fiedler for NPR

The Philadelphia Police Department is building a new crime-fighting weapon: a map of privately owned security cameras across the city. Police are encouraging residents and businesses to register their own cameras through a program called SafeCam. It could be the early stages of Big Brother, but it's also a cost-effective way for police to have more eyes on the streets.

A large white camera stands out against the brick front of a row house near Temple University in Philadelphia. Humberto Fernandini works for the company that owns the building with the camera.

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Wed August 31, 2011

Panel Finds Widespread Waste In Wartime Contracts

Waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $60 billion and the tally could grow, according to a government study released Wednesday.

In its final report to Congress, the nonpartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting said lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption resulted in losses of "at least $31 billion, and possibly as much as $60 billion" out of some $206 billion in total payments to contractors by the end of the current fiscal year.

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Wed August 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Odds Of Drinking A Soda Are A Coin-Flip For Americans

How much soda is in your cart?
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Did you have a sugary soda today? How about a full-calorie sports drink?

Chance are pretty good that you consumed something sugary (or high fructose corn syrupy) in the last 24 hours, according to findings just out from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On any particular day, half the people in the U.S. drink a soda, fruit or sports drink, or similar calorie-rich beverage.

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Wed August 31, 2011
The Record

Why Gibson Guitar Was Raided By The Justice Department

Federal Investigators look through the workshop at the Gibson Guitar factory during a raid on the facility in Memphis on August 24th.
Jim Weber The Commercial Appeal/ZUMAPRESS.com

Last week federal marshals raided the Gibson Guitar Corporation in Tennessee. It wasn't the first time. The government appears to be preparing to charge the famous builder of instruments with trafficking in illegally obtained wood. It's a rare collision of music and environmental regulation.

In the hottest part of an August Tennessee day last Thursday, Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz stood out in the full sun for 30 minutes and vented to the press about the events of the day before.

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Wed August 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Ron Paul: 'Philosophy Of Liberty And The Constitution' Has Been Vindicated

Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul at Iowa State University in Ames on Aug. 13, 2011.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Republican presidential candidate who's been ignored by many in the news media spent 20 minutes on the air with Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin this afternoon.

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Wed August 31, 2011

Some U.S. Farms Trade Tobacco For A Taste Of Africa

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:28 am

A Liberian immigrant picks African peppers on the Bowling family farm in Charles County, Md. It's one of a handful of farms experimenting with growing African produce to cater to the D.C. region's large African immigrant community.
Marina Dominguez NPR

For the past 10 years, farmers in tobacco-growing states have been slowly saying goodbye to that old leaf in favor of other crops.

Of course, there's lots of corn and soy replacing tobacco, but some farms are testing out specialty crops that appeal to recent immigrants.

George Bowling's farm in southern Maryland is one such place. He started growing African vegetables about a year ago, but he has worked on farms growing corn and tobacco for much of his 70-something years.

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Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Would An AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Hurt Consumers?

This June 2, 2010 file photo shows the AT&T logo in Washington DC. The US Justice Deparment will seek to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile.
Etienne Franchi AFP/Getty Images

When two big companies announce plans to merge, there's always grumbling about what it will do to the market and especially the consumer.

The Justice Department said today that it would try to block the merger of AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. because it would "substantially lessen competition" in the wireless market.

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Wed August 31, 2011
NPR Story

Paraphrase At MLK Memorial Draws Criticism

Melissa Block talks to Ed Jackson, Jr., the executive architect of the Martin Luther King memorial. They discuss the Martin Luther King "Drum Major" line that is etched on the north face of the monument. The line, taken from a February 1968 speech by King, was paraphrased. And one of the monument's high-profile consultants, poet Maya Angelou, told the Washington Post the inscription is misleading and makes the civil rights leader seem arrogant.