Fri May 27, 2011
NPR Story

The Moon May Be Wetter Than We Thought

A team of scientists says a new analysis of magma trapped in lunar crystals collected during the Apollo 17 mission shows that the Moon's interior may have 100 times more water than earlier measurements indicated. Geochemist Erik Hauri explains the team's latest findings.


Fri May 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Strong Warnings On Cigarettes Prompt Smokers To Consider Quitting

A Brazilian cigarette pack shows a pregnant smoker with the caption "The Ministry of Health warns: smoking during pregnancy is detrimental to child's health," while a woman lights a cigarette in the background.
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Do smokers around the world really notice health warnings on cigarette packs?

Yes, especially if the warnings are graphic and rotated regularly to keep the messages fresh.

A survey of smokers conducted in 14 countries — ranging from Bangladesh to Uruguay — between 2008 and 2010 found that the warnings registered with most smokers. And among those smokers who noticed them, more than 25 percent said the messages led them to think about quitting.

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Fri May 27, 2011
Song Of The Day

Timber Timbre: Black Comedy, Spooky Blues

Magpies and zombies aren't the only things waiting to be unearthed in Timber Timbre's playfully creepy "Lonesome Hunter."
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Few contemporary indie-rock bands are more in touch with their creepy side than Timber Timbre. Armed with old tape machines for the making of its latest album, the group carefully tweaked the vocals and instrumentation to give the record a distinctively spooky blues sound, going so far as to schedule a night in its recording schedule to lay down a few good screams.

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Fri May 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Land Owners Could Pay for Overgrown Trees

Property owners in Clark County living along county roads might want to take heed if they have trees with limbs hanging out into the roadways. After receiving several complaints about tree limbs obstructing drivers’ views along some county roadways, Clark Fiscal Court is considering clearing the limbs and then billing property owners.


Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

NPR, 'Charleston Gazette' Ask Court To Unseal Massey Merger Files

The Charleston Gazette and NPR have together filed a legal motion with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to open up records related to the merger of Alpha Natural Resources and Massey Energy, the company that operated the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, where 29 mine workers died in a massive explosion in April 2010.

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Fri May 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

WWII Airman Returns to Kentucky

This Memorial Day weekend, Sally Shipley of Shelby County at last will lay to rest her uncle – a pilot in World War II whose remains were thought lost. Now, 67, years later, Army officials not only have identified his remains but also those of his 11-member crew from their crash site in Papau, New Guinea, near northeast Australia.


Fri May 27, 2011

One Armed Player Makes State Tourney

As a high school sophomore, Jacob Raleigh made a vow to himself. After Raleigh was part of a Letcher County Central doubles team that lost in the first round of the 2009 Kentucky state tennis championships, he promised he'd get back to the state tournament before his high school days were over. Back then, Jacob would never have dreamed what a challenge that would be. Nor the magnitude of the accomplishment once he pulled it off. The Jacob Raleigh who played in the '09 state tennis tourney was a hard-serving left-hander whose game was built on power. Back then, it would have seemed unnecessary to note he had two arms.


Fri May 27, 2011
Business and the Economy

State Grants Could Create 300 Jobs

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved three $500,000 economic development bond grants to Harrodsburg to aid a trio of companies expanding there. The companies — Corning, Hitachi Automotive Systems America and Wausau Paper — will be required to hire nearly 300 new workers overall as part of their expansions to receive the grants. All three have also been granted other tax incentives in recent months.


Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says He Will Consider White House Bid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) last November.
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The Republican field for the 2012 presidential race may soon include the governor of Texas.

"I'm going to think about it," Gov. Rick Perry said today, according to the Austin American-Statesman's Postcards blog.

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Fri May 27, 2011

Listeners Weigh In On Midwives Vs. Doctors

Guest host Allison Keyes and NPR's Eyder Peralta comb through Tell Me More's listeners feedback and provide some important news updates. This week, they discuss listeners' responses to a conversation on using midwives or doctors to deliver children. Plus, NBA's first Asian American general manager, Rich Cho of the Portland Trail Blazers, is fired after less than a year on the job.