2:06pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Music

Songs For The Delivery Room: One Woman's Playlist

Alison MacAdam with her son, Abe, about eight months after she put this mix to use.
Courtesy of the MacAdam family

Pregnant? Making a mixtape to accompany your labor is not likely your first consideration. It certainly wasn't mine back in the snowy winter of 2010. But many hospitals and birth centers promise you CD players or even iPod docks in the delivery room. Medical professionals encourage you to bring music to help you bear the experience.

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2:01pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Decals Designed to Dissuade Burglars

Police and health officials hope a new window decal will curb the number of home break-ins in Frankfort by burglars looking for prescription painkillers. The decals cling to a front door or window and tell would-be burglars that the home is free of unused medications

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1:57pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Restaurant at Cumberland Falls Rectified

After the first string of countywide health inspections for the 2011 calendar year were completed in the early weeks of July, the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park's restaurant once again scored a low number. Back in 2009, the Riverview Restaurant scored a 79, the lowest health inspection score in Whitley County at the time. And though the most recent score, an 84, was not as low, cleanliness issues remain the same for one of Kentucky's state-funded restaurants.

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1:55pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Former Mayor Faces Grand Jury

A former Blaine mayor will now face the Lawrence County Grand Jury on several charges after Lawrence County District Judge Susan M. Johnson waived the case against Crystal Meade, 46, of Blaine, to the grand jury Wednesday morning. Current mayor Geneva Wheeler has charged in a warrant she swore out two months ago that Meade tampered with public records, misappropriated entrusted property and is guilty of second-degree official misconduct.

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1:43pm

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

In Perspective: Right Now, Apple Has More Cash On Hand Than Treasury

An Apple logo displayed in the southern German city of Munich.
Christof Stache AFP/Getty Images

As of Wednesday, the Treasury reported it had $73.768 billion cash on hand. What the Obama administration has been saying is that that number will dwindle to a point where the U.S. will not be able to pay its financial obligations, unless it's allowed to borrow more money.

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Susan Jane Gilman, whose reviews and commentaries can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, is a journalist, fiction writer and bestselling author of three nonfiction books: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess and, most recently, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a memoir about a naive and disastrous trek Gilman made through Communist China in 1986.

Gilman has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Ms., Us, The Village Voice, The New York Observer and Real Simple, among others.

1:37pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

How Debt Ceiling Talks Play Out On Wall Street

Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel talks about where we are in terms of the U.S. credit rating and whether it may be downgraded.

1:30pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

Where The GOP Candidates Stand On The Debt Plan

Romney
John Moore Getty Images

With Republicans so divided on the debt-ceiling plan, the issue could be a major fault line in the 2012 presidential race. Only two contenders currently serve in Congress, but NPR took a look at how they all might vote on House Speaker John Boehner's bill:


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1:22pm

Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

Debate Continues As Debt-Ceiling Deadline Looms

For the latest developments in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

1:11pm

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Apple Overtakes Nokia As Top Maker Of Smartphones

According to numbers released today, Apple has become the world's No. 1 smartphone manufacturer. Apple overtook Nokia and Smamsung in the second quarter of this year.

The BBC reports:

The figures from Strategy Analytics also showed that 361 million handsets were shipped, up 13% on the previous year.

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