State News
7:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

100th anniversary of Mississippi River dam

Credit: Mississippi River Power 100 Facebook page

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk and Hamilton will be celebrated this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend in the four-day event… which begins Thursday. Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott will prepare us for it with his series: Damming the Mighty Mississippi. He starts off by looking at how the idea of building the dam first came together.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Where In The World Is Edward Snowden? Still Russia, It Seems

Journalists on board a Moscow-to-Havana flight Monday thought that NSA leaker Edward Snowden would be in that window seat. Instead, the plane left with that spot empty.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 8:48 am

After hours of breathless reporting about how "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden would be getting on a Moscow-to-Havana flight Monday, it seems he did not in fact board the jet for what what was thought to be a step toward asylum in Ecuador.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

3 year old shot

A three year child was the victim of an early Sunday morning shooting. Peoria Police say the shooting took place in the 23-hundred block of West Proctor Street. They say it was likely the result of shots being fired during a party next door to the boy’s home. The child suffered two gunshot wounds as he slept on the couch. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. Police say no arrests have been made. 

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State News
7:17 am
Mon June 24, 2013

More than two weeks left for state to enact concealed carry legislation

Two weeks and one day remain until a federal court deadline for Illinois to enact a law allowing people to carry guns in public. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Lawmakers approved concealed-carry legislation on the last day of their regular session in May, but Gov. Pat Quinn has refused to say what he plans to do with it. Asked about it last week, after his special session on pensions, Quinn was typically non-committal.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Business
5:55 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Chinese Stocks Suffer Big Losses

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another bad day for Chinese stocks.

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GREENE: The major indexes in China closed down more than five percent - making it the worst day of losses since 2009. And the plunge reverberated, weighing down markets across Asia. The losses we apparently caused by the Chinese government's ongoing attempt to reform its banking system. It's using high interest rates to cut down on risky loans, making access to cash very tight. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

World
5:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Artist's Fake Diploma To Be Sold At Auction

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. You can spend tens of thousands on a liberal arts degree, or just buy a fake diploma. The artist David Hockney's fake diploma is expected to sell at auction this week for up to $27,000. He created it in 1962 when he was denied a real degree by the Royal College of Art because he refused to write a final essay. And who know? The work of a famous artist might end up worth more in the long run than a real diploma.

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

The Two-Way
5:44 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Everything Possible' Being Done For Ailing Nelson Mandela

Prayers for Nelson Mandela: At Regina Mundi church in Soweto township, South Africa, on Sunday, congregants prayed for the former South African leader.
Dai Kurokawa EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 7:19 am

South Africans, and millions more people around the world, are waiting anxiously for further word about Nelson Mandela and praying for the former president and anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela, 94, remains in critical condition at a hospital in Pretoria where he's being treated for a recurring respiratory infection.

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Politics
5:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Political Conservatives Stage App-Building Competition

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:54 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's no great secret that Republicans are behind in applying digital technology to politics. They admitted as much after the last presidential election. And in an effort to catch up, over the weekend, political conservatives staged an event called the Liberty Hackathon in San Francisco. The sponsor of the app building competition was the Charles Koch Institute, named for its benefactor the billionaire backer of the Tea Party Movement.

NPR's Nathan Rott went to the event and sent us this report.

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