State News
7:07 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Special session unlikely to produce agreement on pension reform

Get ready for Illinois lawmakers to leave Springfield later this week with no agreement on pension reform … again. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called pension reform his top priority the past two years. The state has about 100 billion dollars in debt related to retirement benefits, and that’s growing. But the top Democrats in the Senate and the House haven’t agreed on the best way to cut retirement benefits, creating a rift between allies.

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State News
7:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Group fights transparency issues within concealed carry legislation

Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing the compromise legislators reached on concealed carry.  No matter what action the governor takes, the measure's sponsor says it needs a minor fix, following concerns about transparency. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains. 

Illinois residents would be able to carry guns in public under the measure before Governor Quinn. First, they would have to get a concealed carry permit.  The measure creates a state board to review applications.

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State News
6:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Arguments against recommended prison sentence for ex-Congressman begins today

Credit: NPR

Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Junior Monday are expected to argue against prosecutors’ recommended prison sentences for the ex-Congressman and his wife. IPR’S Alex Keefe reports.

The government wants to send former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson to prison first for 18 months while the former Congressman stays with their two kids. Prosecutors then want Jackson Junior to serve four years once his wife gets out.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Mon June 17, 2013

'Guardian': Documents Show Britain, U.S. Spied At World Summits

A young girl holds up a cutout image of Edward Snowden's face at the start of a rally in support of the NSA leaker over the weekend in Hong Kong.
Jessica Hromas Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:36 am

The Edward Snowden saga continues: Last night, citing classified documents leaked by the former Booz Allen Hamilton employee, The Guardian newspaper reported that the United States and the United Kingdom spied on their allies during the 2009 G-20 global summit meetings in England.

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Animals
6:37 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Mayoral Races Across Mexico Are Turning Into A Zoo

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 12:13 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Mayoral races across Mexico are turning into a zoo. In Xalapa, a cat named Morris is running with the campaign slogan: Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat. Candidates in other cities include Chon the Donkey and Tina the Chicken. Now, Morris the cat is in the lead - at least on social media.

He has 115,000 likes on Facebook, more than any of the five human candidates. And to think if he loses, that cat has eight more chances. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
6:31 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Book News: 'Tweet,' 'Geekery' Make The Oxford English Dictionary

An Oxford English Dictionary.
Caleb Jones AP

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:48 am

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

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Middle East
6:24 am
Mon June 17, 2013

U.S. War Planes Participate In Exercises In Jordan

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 12:13 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Syria's Arab neighbors are increasingly being drawn into that country's conflict. Over the weekend, the Egyptian president cut all diplomatic ties with Syria and called for a no-fly zone to protect rebels there.

In Jordan - right next door to Syria - King Abdullah told graduates at the country's military academy that he would defend against any spillover from the fighting. That followed a Pentagon decision to base Patriot missiles and a squadron of F-16 fighter planes in the country.

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Around the Nation
6:17 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Putin Denies Stealing Kraft's Super Bowl Ring

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 12:13 pm

When New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft met with then-Russian President Vladmir Putin in 2005, he showed off his Super Bowl ring. Kraft told a crowd last week Putin put the ring on, and said, "I can kill someone with this ring." He then put it in his pocket, and walked away. The Kremlin says the ring was a gift.

The Two-Way
5:52 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Blind Activist Chen Says NYU Pressured By China To Force Him Out

Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng during a ceremony in January where he was presented the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 9:41 am

Chen Guangcheng says New York University is ending his fellowship after it received "unrelenting pressure" from "Chinese communists."

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Sports
4:26 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Rose Wins U.S. Open, Mickelson Loses Again

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 12:13 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The U.S. Open concluded yesterday at the Merion Golf Club, just outside Philadelphia. And for American Phil Mickelson, this was another case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Mickelson finished as runner-up at the Open for a record sixth time, despite leading for most of the tournament. In the end, it was England's Justin Rose who took the prize, winning his first major tournament.

And for a recap of all the drama, we reached USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, who covered all the action. Hey, Christine.

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