1:41pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

As Cholera Surges In Haiti, Aid Withers Away

Mourners attend a memorial service for recent cholera victims in Haiti that took place Wednesday in Savanette, an isolated community in the mountains outside Mirebalais, Haiti.
Cate Osborn Partners in Health

Cholera is back in Haiti.

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1:38pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Harrodsburg's Hitachi Plant Creates 145 jobs

More than 700 Hitachi employees, including upper management from Japan and across the country, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday in honor of the company's expansion, which will create 145 new jobs over the next three years. Harrodsburg's Hitachi plant already employs 2,000 workers. Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand in September when the company broke ground for the $48 million project.

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1:35pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Die-Hard Potter Fans Crowd Midnight Showings

A theater at Great Escape 12 is packed early this morning for a 3-D showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."
Pete Rodman The Daily News

Tickets in one hand, wands in the other - both at the ready. Roughly 1,500 fans attended the midnight screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2,” the last in the movie series, at the Great Escape Theaters’ Bowling Green 12 today. The theater showed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” at 9 p.m., followed by the sold-out midnight showing of “Part 2” on every screen in the theater.

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1:32pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky's Obesity Rates Rising

Kentuckians are getting fatter. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact, according to the latest study of obesity rates in the United States by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kentucky ranked sixth in the nation in the 2010 study with 31.5 percent of all adults being obese, up from 29 percent from a similar study conducted in 2009. The obesity rate for Kentucky high school students also rose, going up 2 percent, to 17.6 percent from 15.6 in 2009.

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12:35pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Are Sorry' Rupert Murdoch Tells Readers In U.K.

The scandal began at News of the World, which folded last Sunday (July 10, 2011).
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

We began the day noting that one of Rupert Murdoch's own publications was describing him as "defiant" in the face of the snooping scandal that has engulfed some of his News Corp. newspapers in the U.K.

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12:29pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Politics

Obama Calls For At Least A 'Down Payment' On Deficit

President Obama and House Republicans have clashed in negotiations over how — or whether — to raise the federal borrowing limit, known as the debt ceiling. Obama had a news conference Friday, his second this week to discuss the spending cuts and revenue increases he thinks are needed to fix the problem. Mary Louise Kelly talks with NPR's Brian Naylor about the news conference and the partisan battle.

12:16pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Tour De France: Hushovd Wins Big Today, Voeckler Maintains Overall Lead

Norway's Thor Hushovd celebrates his stage win at the finish line.
Pascal Pavani AFP/Getty Images

After cycling 152.5 kilometers (or 94.7 miles) from Pau to Lourdes, Norway's Thor Hushovd crossed the finish line in triumph on the 13th stage of the Tour de France. Hushovd picked off Frenchman Jeremy Roy near the end and beat the peloton by nearly nine minutes.

The overall leader remains Thomas Voeckler, with eight of the Tour's 21 stages to go. The 98th edition of the race ends on July 24th in Paris.

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12:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Barbershop

'Shop Talk': News Corps Scandal Spills Over To US

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the News Corps phone hacking scandal, the Roger Clemens case, and the relevance of "Boyz N the Hood" as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Host Michel Martin speaks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik.

11:14am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Impact Of War Project

Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service

Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier and his colleague, Chaak, in Afghanistan. "Pretty much trust him with my life," Cornier says.
Courtesy of Daniel Cornier

The military's four-legged warriors now have a more hopeful future in store.

Military working dogs were once euthanized when their service days were over.

But, their fate is changing as military and civilian families pressure the Defense Department to make it easier for handlers to adopt their canine colleagues.

Looking out over Camp Pendleton's K-9 training field in California, Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier shares stories about Chaak, the dog he deployed with to Afghanistan.

His words are halting and emotional.

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11:13am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Major Marijuana Operation Uncovered In Mexico

A marijuana plantation of nearly 300 acres has been found by Mexican forces in the Baja California desert more than 150 miles south of Tijuana. Army Gen. Alfonso Duarte told reporters Thursday that the giant plot was staffed by about 60 people and could produce around 120 tons of marijuana when harvested. Duarte said the the plants would be burned.

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