7:22pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Pentagon Will Certify An End To A Ban On Gays In Military

Several news organizations are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce the Pentagon is ready to allow gay men and women to serve openly in the military.

President Obama would then be allowed to formally end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, that's been in place for almost 18 years.

The Washington Post reports:

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6:47pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Off South African Coast, Great White Shark Panics, Jumps Into Research Boat

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 7:01 pm

The researchers poured water on the shark's gills to keep it alive and they also placed a pair of jeans on its eyes to keep it calm.
Ocean's Research

Imagine this: A group of researchers off the coast of South Africa were trying to lure great white sharks to their boat when suddenly one them flies out of the water and, plop!, lands in the back part of the boat.

The shark was 9 feet long and the the boat about 26 feet. NPR's Michele Norris spoke to Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who said at first the shark was stressed and rolling around.

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5:57pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Economy

The Evolution Of Debt: From Mesopotamia To America

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The political drama for raising the US debt ceiling continues in Washington D.C.

The White House says the limit must be raised by August 2nd to prevent a US government default.

Economists warn that if it happens...Americans will see an instant spike in interest rates on everything from mortgages to credit cards, and it could send the dollar plummeting.

While economists agree on the dangers of a government default, their views differ over the threat of rising debt levels.

Debt's deep roots

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5:26pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama, Boehner Working On A 'Major' Budget Deal

As Mark mentioned earlier, The New York Times is reporting that President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are "starting to close in on a major budget deal."

After that report emerged, other news organizations started sketching some of the terms of that negotiation.

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5:25pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Statehouse News

$26-Million State Settlement with Passport

Attorney General Jack Conway Thursday announced a $26.4 million civil settlement with the physician and hospital partners of the Passport Health Plan. The partners must begin repayment within 10 days of this announcement. The final payments will take place on or before Jan. 1, 2016.

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5:23pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Submerged Vehicle Closes Ferry

Jessamine Journal

Rescue crews are one scene after receiving a report of a vehicle submerged in water at the Valley View Ferry in eastern Jessamine County at 1:30 p.m. The Jessamine County coroner is also on scene. According to Jessamine County Fire Chief Mike Rupard, the vehicle was not on the ferry at the time of the accident and it drove into the water from the Jessamine County side of the river.

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5:23pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Iraq

Flow Of Fighters Shifting On Iraq-Syria Border

The crackdown on protesters in Syria is spreading to the far corners of the country — recently, to a remote town on the border with Iraq in Syria's eastern desert.

This tribal region has long been known as a transit point for fighters and weapons coming into Iraq during the war, and for refugees leaving Iraq for Syria. Now, those routes might be reversing.

Trouble began in the Syrian town of Al-Bukamal this past weekend. Like in so many Syrian cities and towns, people took to the streets in protest against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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5:16pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Coping With Lexington's Excessive Heat

With an excessive heat warning in effect for Lexington and all of central Kentucky, residents are taking every opportunity to cool off. Normally, at this time of the year, the Lafayette High School Marching Band practice field would be filled with the sound of snare drums, rustling flags, and metronomes... but not today. Shannon Clark, color guard instructor, says it's hard work staying outdoors.

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5:05pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

'Against Clouds And City Lights:' A Photo Of The Shuttle's Fiery Reentry

NASA

NASA released a stunning picture of the space shuttle Atlantis making its reentry back to Earth. The picture was taken aboard the International Space Station and shows, as NASA describes it, "Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home:"

In the background, you're looking at airglow over Earth.

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4:58pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Movies

On Location: The Central Florida Of 'The Yearling'

Claude Jarman, Jr., at age 11, holding a fawn on the set of The Yearling in 1946.
Martha Holmes Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

When Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings published her novel The Yearling in 1938, it was an almost instant success, winning her a legion of readers as well as the Pulitzer Prize. MGM bought the film rights to the movie, and its executives agreed with Rawlings that the movie had to be filmed on location — in a densely wooded and sparsely populated part of Florida known as the "Big Scrub."

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