Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Families Mark Five Years Since Flight 5191 Crash

This weekend is the five-year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Forty-nine people died when the plane took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass airport. Brenna Angel of member station WUKY spoke with three victims' relatives about how they continue to cope and what a new memorial means to them.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Atlantic City Tavern Offers Shelter In The Storm

New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie on Friday announced mandatory evacuations for his state's coastal residents as Hurricane Irene approached. He said this weekend was not the time to get dinner in Atlantic City, but the Ducktown Tavern in Atlantic City is intent on staying open.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

North Carolina Picks Up After Hurricane Irene

Irene hit North Carolina Saturday as a category 1 hurricane. That's far less powerful than orecasters had expected, yet even so, Irene hit the area as a massive storm. NPR's Greg Allen reports that in North Carolina, Irene left hundreds of thousands of people without power and many communities flooded.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

New York Takes Cover As Irene Hits

Originally published on Sun August 28, 2011 12:42 pm

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Education
5:19 am
Sun August 28, 2011

States Search For Answers To Cheating Scandals

Students leave Atlanta's Emma Hutchinson School in July. Hutchinson is a year-round school that has been identified as one of 44 schools involved in a test cheating scandal.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Sun August 28, 2011 6:28 pm

Cheating scandals have rocked a number of school districts across the country this year. The publicity is pushing states to look for better ways to detect and prevent tampering with the test results, and some say constant vigilance is required to guard against cheating.

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The Two-Way
5:02 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Irene Makes Second Landfall; Pounds New York City

Water sits on the streets of Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:29 am

(This live-blog is being updated throughout the day. Scroll down for our latest posts.)

Hurricane Irene made its second landfall near Little Egg Inlet, N.J. and then as it weakened into a tropical storm, the eye hit Coney Island in Brooklyn. That means New Yorkers woke up to howling winds and pounding rain.

At one point, the East River overflowed its banks and some parts of lower Manhattan saw knee-deep water. In New Jersey, two deaths were blamed on Irene. One of them happened after a woman was washed away by a flash flood.

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Economy
4:38 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Slow-Growth Economy Spikes Food Stamp Reliance

About 46 million people get government help in the form of food stamps when buying food. That's roughly 15 percent of the population.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to release its latest update on the food stamp program. It's an important indicator of the nation's economic health — and the prognosis is not good.

Food stamp use is up 70 percent over the past four years and that trend is expected to continue.

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World
4:37 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Key Al-Qaida Operative Killed, U.S. Officials Say

U.S. officials say that a CIA drone strike Aug. 22 killed al-Qaida's freshly minted second-in-command. Atiyah al-Rahman was a Libyan who was a key Osama bin Laden associate for decades.

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Media
2:10 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Hiring Of Sharpton By MSNBC Follows Larger Trend

Rev. Al Sharpton will be the new host for MSNBC's 6 p.m. timeslot beginning Monday.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

This past week, the cable news network MSNBC chose civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton as their new host. Sharpton will begin hosting the network's 6 p.m. hour, starting Monday. The hiring came after weeks of speculation, while Sharpton had been guest hosting in that time slot. The decision has been about as controversial as Sharpton himself.

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