Around the Nation
8:20 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Investigators Want Answers To Critical Questions

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead, and authorities want to capture the other one alive. Steve Inskeep and David Greene talk to NPR's Carrie Johnson and Tom Gjelten and Curt Nickisch of member station WBUR about the latest developments.

Weather
7:47 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Governor to survey flood damage in Edwards

About a dozen homes in the small community of London Mills were evacuated last night due to flooding of the Spoon River. That’s according to multiple media outlets. The town of 500 received more than six inches of rain from Wednesday to Thursday. That caused the river to rise to over the flood stage of 15 feet. The river is expected to crest at near 30 feet today. Volunteers spent all day Thursday sandbagging to protect the community, but the levee was breached last night.

Homes in the town of Roanoke were also evacuated Wednesday night.

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State News
7:27 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Concealed carry plan fails in the House

The Illinois House Thursday night voted down a concealed carry plan backed by gun-rights activists. Legislators are under a court order to pass a law by early June that will allow people to carry guns in public.

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State News
7:24 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Il lawmakers could revive home care program for the elderly

Illinois legislators are moving to revive a home care program for the elderly. The program ran out of funding last month. Democratic Representative Greg Harris of Chicago calls the situation "desperate."

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State News
7:16 am
Fri April 19, 2013

House votes down another measure dealing with firearms

The Illinois House Thursday rejected yet another piece of legislation dealing with firearms. This one would have forced the state's pension systems to get rid of investments in companies that make guns or ammunition. Representative Chad Hays, Republican from Danville, wondered where the hunt to stop investing in troubling products would end.

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Around the Nation
6:24 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Investigators Search For Clues In Texas Plant Explosion

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's turn now, briefly, to West, Texas, the scene of this week's fertilizer plant explosion. Many questions remain unanswered there. In fact, it's still hard to estimate how many people were killed. We do know that regulators had a few concerns with this plant in the past, though it's not clear if anybody questioned the plant's location near homes and a school.

And amid all these questions, the people of West are picking up and taking stock. Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

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Around the Nation
6:20 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Police Search For Marathon Bomber, The Other Is Dead

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Friday morning it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. And, David, I guess we cannot say enough this morning that everything we're telling you about unfolding events in Boston is provisional. Anything could change. The information we're getting is changing all the time.

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Around the Nation
6:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Police Believe They've Killed 1 Marathon Bomber

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Parts of the Boston metropolitan area were full of police activity Thursday night amid a hunt for persons wanted in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon. David Greene and Steve Inskeep talk to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston and Fred Bever of member station WBUR, who are in Boston, for an update on what's known regarding the investigation.

The Two-Way
6:13 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Hilary Mantel attends the Costa Book of the Year awards in London, England.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Shots - Health News
4:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
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Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:27 pm

An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

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