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NPR Story
5:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ex-Credit Suisse Banker Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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NPR's Business News starts with more banking fines. The former Credit Suisse banker David Higgs has been handed $950,000 in fines and penalties by New York court. Higgs pled guilty to conspiracy for his part in hiding subprime mortgage bond losses, back in 2012, worth $100 million. Last year, his former boss was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in the same case. This is one of the few criminal prosecutions to come out of the 2008 financial crisis. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Issues of the Environment
4:56 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Coal Ash And Our Water Supply

Coal Ash Sludge

  A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.

The coal ash and byproducts will be repurposed to pave roadways and enrich farmland, but environmental watchdog organizations warn that the mercury that is trapped in the ash could eventually leach into groundwater and soil.

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Business
9:47 am
Tue June 24, 2014

1 Editor Cleared, 1 Found Guilty In U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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A British jury has reached verdicts in a trial stemming from a scandal involving hacking by tabloids. Several former editors and executives of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers face charges. Former News of the World editor, Andrew Coulson, was found guilty. Other editors were not. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has been covering this story. Hi, David.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Hey, Steve.

INSKEEP: OK, so what are the verdicts here?

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Around the Nation
6:57 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Report: Jerry Sandusky Case Was Unnecessarily Delayed

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:42 pm

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A new report is calling into question how the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation was handled. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys. Now, Pennsylvania's attorney general says Sandusky could have been brought to justice sooner. NPR's Jeff Brady has this story.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Reports that Jerry Sandusky was abusing children at circulated for years. So when he was arrested in 2011, Kathleen Kane had this question.

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Around the Nation
6:52 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: When California lawmakers began debate today, expect the case of Elliott Rodger to come back into focus.

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Iraq
6:41 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is back in Iraq on a week-long mission to try to hold that country together. This morning, he's in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north. And his job won't be easy. Just yesterday, Kurdistan's president said it might be the time for the region to go its own way. Jackie Northam is with Kerry and joined us from Erbil. Good morning.

JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: Good morning Renee.

MONTAGNE: Now, what exactly did the Kurdish president say?

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Around the Nation
6:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Security Camera Footage Could Track Suspects

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Somebody may have been using a drone to spy into a Seattle apartment complex. A woman said the little aircraft was hovering outside her window. Two men piloting that craft packed up their gear and fled before police arrived. But that is not the good part, this is - police believe they have a chance to track down the man suspected of this disturbing covert video surveillance because they were being covertly recorded by a security camera. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Animals
6:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New York Bill Would Ban Selfies With Tigers

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Lawmakers in New York State have passed a bill banning selfies with tigers. Apparently dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid are filled with pictures of single men showing off their adventurous, yet tender, sides by cuddling with the big cats. Now, anyone caught posing next to a tiger could be fined up to $500. But single New York men looking for mates worry not. Selfies with bears and lions are still fair game. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he hopes a new study can influence the business community by applying the science of risk management.
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Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:38 pm

The U.S. economy faces great risks from climate change, according to a new study that focuses on the current and future effects of climate change on everything from jobs, to crop yields, to energy production.

Though the study presents no new climate science, it paints a dire picture of the business and economic effects if action isn't taken, including crop yields that fall by more than 70 percent in the Midwest and billions of dollars' worth of property literally underwater on the East Coast.

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

How Much Does Iran Dominate Iraq's Government?

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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Next, let's try to make sense of the warring sides in Iraq. Sunni Muslim extremists have captured much of that country. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was in Baghdad yesterday seeking ways to help the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.

On this program yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, suggested neither side is much worth helping.

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

No Joy For Stephen King Fans Who Confuse Book Titles

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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And our last word in Business today is a thriller.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Or is it a coming-of-age novel?

INSKEEP: Well actually, it's a case of mistaken identity. "Joyland" is the title of bestseller Stephen King's new book.

MONTAGNE: "Joyland" is also the title of the debut coming-of-age novel by Emily Schultz published back in 2006.

INSKEEP: Aw. Some readers thought they were ordering the newest Stephen King book from Amazon and instead they got confused.

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Michigan News
4:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Governor Snyder Set To Sign Spending Plans

  Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign Michigan's $53 billion spending plan for the budget year starting in about three months.

     The Republican governor has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon ceremony to sign the $15.8 billion education budget bill on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing. He also may sign the $37.5 billion budget bill that covers all other state spending if it's proofed in time.

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Michigan News
4:33 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Stiffer Penalties For Michigan Drive By Shooters Signed Into Law

   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws stiffening criminal penalties for drive-by shooters and people who shoot into buildings.

     People who intentionally shoot from a vehicle get up to four years in prison if they endanger another's safety. The laws signed yesterday increase the prison time to 10 years and put in place longer sentences if there are injuries or death.

     The new law also clarifies that shooting into a potentially occupied structure is a crime without prosecutors needing to prove the structure was actually occupied at the time of the shooting.

Michigan News
4:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Ann Arbor VA Under Investigation For Unsafe Practices

  A federal investigator says a health care center for veterans in Ann Arbor has not dealt adequately with complaints about unsafe practices.

     The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System was among facilities mentioned in a letter to President Barack Obama from Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

     The letter released yesterday says a whistleblower reported that employees were "practicing unsafe and unsanitary work practices" and untrained workers were improperly handling instruments.

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Michigan News
4:29 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Set To Purchase Part Of Willow Run Bomber Plant

 A group working to save part of Rosie the Riveter's old factory says it has signed a purchase agreement for the property.

     The Yankee Air Museum announced yesterday it is moving forward with a deal to buy 144,000 square feet of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant.

     The museum says in a statement that, assuming an upcoming inspection goes well, it will close on the purchase "in a few weeks."

     The Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign has raised millions of dollars in an effort to save part of the factory for use as the museum's new home.

Michigan News
4:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Faygo Founder's Grandson Claiming Age Discrimination

 The grandson of a founder of an iconic Michigan soft drink company says he was fired because of his age.

     Hugh Rosenthal was marketing director at Detroit-based Faygo when he lost his job at age 68 in 2012. He tells the Detroit Free Press there was no legitimate business reason to let him go.

     Rosenthal's lawsuit is in Flint federal court. The Free Press says Faygo vice president Al Chittaro declined to comment.

Michigan News
4:24 am
Tue June 24, 2014

NRC To Discuss Safety Issues At Palisades Nuclear Plant

   The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to hold a public meeting this week to discuss the federal agency's safety assessment of the Palisades power plant in southwestern Michigan.

     The NRC announced yesterday the meeting will take place Thursday at the Beach Haven Event Center in South Haven. Agency staffers will discuss the results of safety inspection findings at Palisades, which is located 5 miles away on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Van Buren County's Covert Township.

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Michigan News
4:23 am
Tue June 24, 2014

NOAA Awards Federal Funds To Protect Michigan Shorelines

 Michigan will receive $2.5 million from the federal government for efforts to protect shore lands and coastal ecosystems, along with public access and recreation.

     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the funding this week to the state's coastal management program. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will administer the grant, which will generate an additional $2 million in state and local spending.

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Michigan News
4:20 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest This Weekend

 Hot air balloons will take to the skies over Howell this weekend for the 30th annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest.

     The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports  that the event takes place Friday through Sunday at Howell High School. Forty-three balloons with Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee pilots are scheduled to compete.

     Balloon launch and fly-in times are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

Michigan News
4:18 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Feel Good With Jane Seymour On Detroit Public TV

Jane Seymour is known for her role "Somewhere In Time" which was filmed in Michigan with Christopher Reeves

 

  Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour's new show is filming in the Detroit area.

     The actress isn't working on a new movie or a scripted series, however.

     She's the host of a national 13-part series called "Feel Grand with Jane Seymour" that's being produced by Detroit Public Television.

     Seymour will be joined on the show by medical experts such as author Deepak Chopra and Susan Blumenthal, former U.S. assistant surgeon general.

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Middle East
7:29 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Netanyahu Blames Hamas For Kidnapping Of Teens

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu joins us next. Israel's military has been rounding up politicians or operatives linked with Hamas. That military operation on the West Bank came after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. Prime Minister Netanyahu, welcome back to the program.

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Thank you. Good to be with you, Steve.

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Animals
6:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Summer Has Arrived And So Have The Great Whites

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Summer has arrived and so have the great whites. A new report finds a big jump in the numbers of great white sharks off the East Coast - up to 5,000 of them. Scientists say the surge in sharks on both coasts is because they've been protected since the late '90s. But swimmers need not fear. Only 13 people have been killed by sharks in U.S. waters in the last 100 years. Still, seals - a favorite shark snack - should be afraid, very afraid. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Space
6:34 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

The Cassini spacecraft has been taking radar images of Titan for years now. This modified image of the Ligeia Mare, a sea on Titan's north pole, is a composite of some of those.
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Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:15 pm

With its large sand dunes, rivers, big lakes and seas, Saturn's biggest moon is one of the most Earth-like planetary bodies in the solar system. But Titan is no place to call home.

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Politics
6:23 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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Europe
5:43 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Concert Hall Encourages Less Stuffy Classical Music

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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