Drought
7:16 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Rains help local entities escape drought conditions

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

The latest edition of the United States Drought Monitor for the State of Texas shows a few area counties no longer under a drought.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

U.S., Other 'Friends Of Syria,' To Call On Syria's Assad To Step Aside

As Syrian security forces continue to pound the city of Homs and surrounding areas, "the United States, Europe and Arab countries were set Friday to back a proposal for Syria's president to step aside and allow in humanitarian assistance to end a brutal crackdown against opponents," The Associated Press writes.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Obama's Tax Plan Is 'Step Forward,' But Not Enough, Key Republican Says

  • NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.

President Obama's proposal to cut the top corporate tax rate from its current 35 percent to 28 percent (and in some cases, to 25 percent) is "a good step forward and I welcome looking at the details," the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said today on Morning Edition.

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Awards
6:23 am
Fri February 24, 2012

In the heart of a volunteer: Hope House Helpers honored

First United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Cook introduces and shows appreciation for Tina Overman of the Hope House.
Photo by Cindy Roller

COOPER - Volunteering produces a feeling of self-worth intended to promote good or improve human quality of life.

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The Two-Way
6:05 am
Fri February 24, 2012

From Palin's Emails: 'Are You Flipping Kidding???'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a Tea Party event in Iowa last September.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Once again, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is in the news and the story is one of this morning's "talkers."

Another big batch of emails she wrote while in office has been released, and as The Associated Press writes:

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Around the Nation
5:54 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Man Arrested For Cooking His Own Meal At Denny's

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Around the Nation
5:42 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Cop Spied Emptying Police Fridge

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 5:43 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a story of a man caught in a sting operation. Somebody stole from an office fridge - drinks, lunches, 60 pounds of deer sausage disappeared. What made the fridge of special interest to police was its location in a police station in Deer Park, Texas. Police placed a hidden video camera in the ceiling and caught an officer - Kevin Yang. TV station KTRK says that when caught, Mr. Yang said he was just cleaning the fridge. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 6:20 am

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NPR's business news starts with a sale at Sears.

Sears says it is spinning off outlet, hometown and hardware stores. The deal is expected to help the company raise up to $500 million. It's also selling some of its other properties in a separate deal.

This comes after Sears said in December it would close about 100 stores after an abysmal holiday shopping season. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Rep. Camp On Corporate Tax Plan

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 6:06 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

President Obama put tax reform back on the table this week. He called for changes to the corporate tax system. Tax rates would go down for companies, deductions would go away - many of them, and companies with overseas operations would find it a little harder not to pay.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Observers Fear Violence-Marred Election In Senegal

With just two days left before Senegal's presidential election, mediation efforts are underway to try to calm a political standoff in the West African nation that has led to violent protests.

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