The Two-Way
10:29 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hawaii Starts Feeling Effects Of Tropical Storm Flossie

Tropical Storm Flossie approaches Hawaii.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:19 pm

Almost all the Hawaiian islands are under a tropical storm warning.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser says the city of Hilo is already seeing rain and wind, as a weakened Tropical Storm Flossie moves closer. The storm is expected to hit the Big Island later this morning.

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State News
9:50 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Discussion on decline of butterflies this year

Researchers from the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission say there is lingering evidence of the effect of last year’s drought. Volunteers conducted an informal butterfly count in early July. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with The Nature Preserves Commission’s Angella Moorehouse about the butterfly census:

It’s still possible for some butterfly species to recover this summer. Some varieties breed several times each the summer months, but others only produce one generation a year.

  

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Parallels
9:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Putin's Latest Feat Of Derring-Do? Bagging A Really Big Fish

Putin rides a horse in the mountains of the Siberian Tyva region on Aug. 3, 2009.
Alexei Druzhinin AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:01 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't been shy about showing off his macho — and often shirtless — side.

There was that picture with the gun ...

the one with the tiger cub ...

the one in which he discovered an archaeological treasure ...

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Pope Francis Discusses Gay Catholics: 'Who Am I To Judge?'

Pope Francis returned to Rome on Monday after his trip to Brazil. The flight included a news conference in which the pope struck a conciliatory tone about gay Catholics. He also explained what he keeps in his black bag.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:26 am

Gay people should be integrated into society instead of ostracized, Pope Francis told journalists after his weeklong trip to Brazil. Answering a question about reports of homosexuals in the clergy, the pope answered, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

In what's being called an unusually broad and candid news conference, Francis took questions from reporters for more than an hour as he flew from Brazil to the Vatican; his plane landed Monday.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Mon July 29, 2013

BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

BMW's electric i3 Concept is presented before the Paris Motor Show last September. The car was officially unveiled Monday; purchasers can reportedly opt for using a gas-powered SUV several weeks each year.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:37 am

As it unveils its all-electric i3 compact sedan Monday, BMW also plans to offer buyers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks every year, according to reports. The move is part of BMW's efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round, particularly for long family trips.

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State News
8:01 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Credit union offering assistance to lawmakers

Illinois legislators will not be getting their monthly paycheck, starting next week. But at least one financial institution is offering to help tide them over until the General Assembly's dispute with the Governor is resolved.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Lawmakers' base salary of $68,000 has been set to zero. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their pay out of the budget as a sort of punishment for the General Assembly not passing a pension overhaul. Enter Credit Union 1.

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State News
7:45 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Chris Mooney to take over the U of I's IGPA

Chris Mooney
Credit www.uis.edu

University of Illinois Springfield political scientist Chris Mooney will take over next month as the head of U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Public radio listeners know Mooney as frequent panelist on the "State Week in Review" program. 

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State News
7:26 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Private investigator asks for pardon in 1986 Paris murders

A private investigator wants Governor Pat Quinn to pardon two men imprisoned for years for a double-murder in Paris, Illinois.

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Parallels
7:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Group Faults Apple For Labor Violations At China Supplier

Apple is under fire again for labor violations at its supplier's factories in China.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:53 am

There's been concern about working conditions at factories run by Apple's foreign suppliers since the story last year about Foxconn. At the time, the tech giant moved to address those concerns to show that it took them seriously. But more allegations surfaced Monday centering on Apple's effort to build a cheaper iPhone.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Italian Investigators Search For Cause Of Deadly Tour Bus Crash

Rescuers prepare coffins for victims of a bus crash in southern Italy. At least 38 people died after a bus plunged off a highway and into a ravine.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:10 am

Investigators in southern Italy are examining the scene a day after a bus carrying nearly 50 people plummeted off a highway and into a ravine east of Naples. Italian news agencies say at least 38 people died Sunday night after the bus crashed through a guardrail and fell nearly 100 feet to the rough terrain below.

The crash injured at least 10 people, including people who were in cars the bus hit before it left the roadway. Several children are believed to be among the wounded.

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