3:00pm

Fri June 3, 2011
NPR Story

Is The Auto Industry Out Of The Woods?

On a day when a new jobs report showed hiring across the U.S. has slowed significantly, the White House went on the offensive. President Obama was in Ohio Friday defending his economic policies and asserting that his administration's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors saved thousands of jobs that otherwise would have disappeared. The president visited a Chrysler Plant in Toledo, where he announced the government sale of its final 6-percent stake in Chrysler to the Italian auto company, Fiat.

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2:27pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Immigrants Shocked by Terror Arrests

When Sajad Alzuhairi, owner of the International Market in Bowling Green, heard about the arrests of two local Iraqi refugees on terrorism charges, he was shocked. One of the men, Waad Ramadan Alwan, had often worked for Alzuhairi at the store. “I could not believe it,” said Alzuhairi, who is from Iraq and lives in Nashville. “He didn’t look like the kind of person who would do anything like that.” Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both of whom have lived in Bowling Green since 2009, are charged with plotting to send explosives, guns and missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed Tuesday.

2:23pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

In Final Report, Coal Mine Company Calls Deadly Blast 'A Natural Disaster'

Two days after being absorbed in a merger, Massey Energy released its final report on the explosion that killed 29 mine workers at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia last year.

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2:18pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Kevorkian Flashback: The Day He Sent A Chill Up Don Gonyea's Spine

Today's news about the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian — "Dr. Death," the champion of the right to assisted suicide for the terminally ill — brings back a memory for NPR's Don Gonyea.

As Don reported for Weekend Edition Sunday in June 2007, he interviewed Kevorkian on June 5, 1990. That was one day after 54-year-old Janet Adkins became the first person to use one of Kevorkian's homemade suicide machines.

Here's how Don remembers the encounter:

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2:06pm

Fri June 3, 2011
World of Opera

Love Triangles And Pyramids: Verdi's 'Aida'

Aida at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence.
Gianluca Moggi Courtesy of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The exotic aura of ancient Egypt has been the magic ingredient in all kinds of entertainment, and in just about every genre the choices seem to run the gamut.

At the movies, Egypt has been the setting of everything from costume dramas such as Cleopatra to the Biblical epic The Ten Commandments to the adventures of Indiana Jones to various incarnations of The Mummy.

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1:59pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

House Demands Obama Explain Libya Mission's Rationale

By a 268-145 vote, the House just approved a resolution that, as The Associated Press puts it, chastises President Obama for failing to provide Congress with a "compelling rationale" for the military action underway in Libya.

The measure was put forward by the GOP, and passed with 223 votes from Republicans and 45 from Obama's fellow Democrats.

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1:57pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Sports

Ohio State Scandal Nothing New In College Sports

It's been an agonizing week for Ohio State football fans.

"Buckeye Nation" was rocked by Monday's forced resignation of popular head coach Jim Tressel after he failed to report NCAA violations. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several other key players are suspended for several games next season for selling memorabilia — and the NCAA is investigating how Pryor got the multiple cars he's been driving at the university.

The scandal is also prompting new questions about one of college sports' oldest problems: breaking the rules.

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1:53pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Paul Wants Hearings into Terror Arrests

US Senator Rand Paul wants congressional hearing into immigration of terror suspects into Kentucky.
Photo by Joe Imel Daily News, Bowling Green

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to ask for Senate hearings to find out how two Iraqi refugees living in Bowling Green and recently charged with terrorism were able to gain entry into the country. In a news conference today, Paul complimented the FBI for its “good work” in apprehending the two men. Alwan is accused of conspiring to kill U.S. nationals living abroad. Alwan and Hammadi are accused of attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaida in Iraq.

1:50pm

Fri June 3, 2011
NPR Story

Probing The Sun's Spots

Reporting in the journal Science, Göran Scharmer, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and colleagues looked closely at the stringy penumbra region of a sunspot using the Swedish Solar Telescope. Sunspots form by magnetic fields interacting with boiling hot plasma — but exactly how the plasma flows in the penumbra region wasn't well understood.

1:50pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

For Yard Sale Patrons, US 68 Offers Variety

Bargain hunters across the state took to the road Thursday for the 400 Mile Sale. The annual event, which continues through Sunday, features yard sales in dozens of communities across the state, following U.S. 68 as it stretches west from Maysville to Paducah. The four-day event has grown in popularity since it was first held in 2004, bringing attention to U.S. 68 itself, which has been designated as a State Scenic Byway, and the antique shops and other destinations along the road.

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