Parallels
7:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

In 1995, then-South African President Nelson Mandela pays tribute at a funeral service for Joe Slovo, a leading white figure in South Africa's struggle for racial equality.
Philip Littleton AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 2:11 pm

As President Obama travels to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday, it might seem as though Mandela was an eternal object of admiration for U.S. presidents and the American public. But that wasn't the case by a long shot.

During Mandela's 27 years behind bars, successive U.S. administrations worked with, or at least tolerated, South Africa's white leaders. Only in his final years of incarceration did he and the anti-apartheid movement become a cause that gained traction in the United States.

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State News
7:47 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Discussion on State Officials and Employees Ethics Act

It has been ten years since what's known as the "State Officials and Employees Ethics Act" became law in Illinois, a major initiative for the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. As the bill was being signed, ICPR's leaders learned that their founder, former U.S. Senator Paul Simon, had died.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:38 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Peoria prepared for major snow storms

The City of Peoria was prepared to respond to  the area's first major snowfall that occurred Sunday. That’s the message from City Public Works Director Mike Rogers. He says the city has 30 plows ready to respond when needed:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon December 9, 2013

How information is disseminated following Nov. tornadoes

News agencies are still working to keep people informed about disaster recovery efforts after the November 17th tornadoes. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports getting people information has been made easier with the aid of the group called Central Illinois Emergency Information.  

It’s a group of media relations people who’ve been communicating with news agencies about press briefings and other details people need to know. Brian Williamsen is the media contact for the Peoria based IDOT office. He is part of the group. Williamsen says the group exists to help any community in Central Illinois disseminate information in the aftermath of a disaster. He says that has served particularly well for a smaller community like Washington that doesn’t have a dedicated public relations staff person:  

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Technology
7:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Tech Giants Call On Obama, Congress For Surveillance Changes

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a call for surveillance reform.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Africa
7:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

French Troops Arrive In Central African Republic

David Greene talks with Sylvain Groulx, head of mission for Doctors without Borders in the Central African Republic, about the state of the violence there and the hopes for peace now that French troops have arrived.

Sports
7:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Broncos' Prater Kicks Record 64-Yard Field Goal

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Anybody who grew up watching football has seen video of Tom Dempsey's historic field goal. In 1970, the New Orleans Saint kicked a field goal from a record 63 yards to win a game. He did it though he was born with no toes on his right foot. The record stood for decades, sometimes equaled never exceeded, until Sunday. Denver's Matt Prater kicked one from 64 yards, though it was not decisive since his team won by 23 points.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
7:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Napping United Passenger Wakes Up To A Dark, Empty Plane

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Good morning. Good morning, sir. That's what should have been said to a passenger on one United flight but no one woke up Tom Wagner. The passenger was on his way from Louisiana to California to visit his sister. He was napping when his plane landed for a layover in Houston and he awoke locked inside a dark and empty plane.

Peoria Public Radio News
7:07 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Congressman Schock to attend Mandela memorial service

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is leading the congressional delegation traveling to South Africa to attend memorial services for Nelson Mandela. The delegation will join other elected officials and the South African people as they honor the life of President Mandela. Schock says he’s humbled to be leading his colleagues in tribute to the former South African President. He says he’s always had great respect for Mandela and the sacrifices he made for the people for South Africa.

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Winter Storm Plows Through Mid-Atlantic To Hit New England

A winter storm is hitting an area from Virginia to New England, snarling traffic and closing schools. On Sunday, heavy snowfall changed the look of an NFL game in Baltimore, Md., where Ravens players stood for the national anthem at 1 p.m.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:24 pm

Winter won't officially begin for nearly two more weeks, but a winter storm continued to plow across much of the eastern part of the U.S. on Monday, bringing a dangerous mix of snow, ice and freezing rain. The storm knocked out power in some areas, fouled morning commutes and caused more than a thousand flights to be cancelled.

"Heavy snow fell Sunday in the Mid-Atlantic, with more than 8 inches reported in Philadelphia and a foot in nearby Newark, Del.," The Associated Press reports.

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