3:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
NPR Story

How Do Changing Demographics Impact Ads?

Life in advertising is multicultural — how does it compare to real life, and how is advertising selling the "All-American" dream? Michele Norris talks to Jimmy Smith, creative director at TBWA/Chiat/Day, and Roberto Orci , president of Acento ad agency, for more.

2:55pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

New York City Anticipates Gay Wedding Boom

Seamstresses sew wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal, one of the world's largest bridal emporiums. Brides that call because of the new law probably won't have an appointment for another month.
Margot Adler NPR

Same-sex marriage is coming to New York on July 24, and New York City is gearing up to be the premier gay marriage destination.

Still, no one really knows what the economic impact of same-sex marriage in New York will be. One report by the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate estimates about 66,000 gay couples will marry in the next three years, bringing in $391 million in revenue.

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2:11pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Law

Court Blocks Enforcement Of Military's Ban On Gays

A court order for the Pentagon to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" is likely the last gasp of the 17-year policy that was repealed by Congress in December but remained temporarily in effect, experts and activists said Thursday.

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2:02pm

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Album Sales Up For The First Time Since 2004

Adele, who has the year's top selling album so far, performs at NPR.
Adele Hampton NPR

Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks music sales across the country, reported an anemic ray of sunshine for a music industry that has been battered by the Internet: For the first time since 2004, sales of albums posted an uptick.

Now, our friend Frannie Kelley from NPR's The Record says it is the slightest of gains — 1 percent — and "sales are still way down from where they were before the decline started."

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1:50pm

Thu July 7, 2011
All Politics are Local

131st Fancy Farm Picnic Approaches

The 131st annual Fancy Farm Picnic is coming up Saturday, Aug. 6 with a full slate of candidates running for office in Kentucky scheduled to speak. Mark Wilson, political chairman for the event at St. Jerome Catholic Church, says he expects close to 100 percent participation among the Commonwealth’s Washington delegation as well as among candidates running for state offices in the November General election set for Nov. 1.

1:41pm

Thu July 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

Switch in 911 Duties Will Save Taxpayers

Tears streamed down Wendy Henson’s face Wednesday when Franklin and Simpson County leaders voted to outsource her job to Bowling Green. Henson is the interim supervisor for the Simpson County 911 Dispatch Services center. County leaders in a joint special called meeting Wednesday with the Franklin City Commission voted to terminate their agreement with the city of Franklin for dispatch services. Then, within minutes, both the city commission and county fiscal court voted unanimously to examine an agreement with the state to provide emergency dispatch services through Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green. The switch is expected to save thousands in taxpayer dollars.

1:38pm

Thu July 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green Revisits Fireworks Law

The booms, bangs and bright flashes of fireworks over the weekend have given way to an acknowledgment by the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners that it must revisit the recently passed fireworks ordinance. Similar concerns about safety and noise have been expressed in Louisville and Lexington.

1:34pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Novel Plays Out in KY Courtroom

In his novel, "Far From Good," Stephen Van Zant, an Elizabethtown laywer, uses descriptions of the Franklin County Court House to set scenes.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

The stately marble staircase at the Franklin County Court House is now lined with ragged pieces of cardboard. Dark, wooden gallery seating from the circuit courtroom on the second floor has been removed, and dust blankets the judge’s bench as the empty building awaits renovation. Yet the picturesque courtroom is still alive and well in the pages of attorney Stephen Van Zant’s first novel, “Far From Good.” Van Zant, an Elizabethtown lawyer, has practiced in courtrooms across the state, and Franklin County’s stood out.

1:34pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Space

End Of Shuttle Program Leaves Thousands Jobless

Kim Cannaday shows off a citation he recently received for outstanding work on the shuttle. Cannaday, along with thousands of other who worked on the shuttle, were laid off.
Greg Allen NPR

For thousands of people in Florida, the last launch of the space shuttle is not just the end of an era, it's also the end of a career. Nearly 8,000 men and women who worked on the space shuttle have been laid off — a blow to an area where unemployment is well above the national average.

But even as the shuttle ends, many on the Space Coast are optimistic about the region's future.

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1:14pm

Thu July 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama: 'Constructive' Budget Talks To Continue; Leaders To Meet Sunday

From The Two-Way:

Saying that today's White House meeting with Congressional leaders was "very constructive," President Obama just announced that budget negotiations will continue through the weekend and that he'll be meeting with Congressional leaders again on Sunday.

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