Interviews
11:11 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

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Steve Young learned about industrial musicals when he started coming across compilations, like this one, in used record stores. (You definitely want to click to enlarge this.)
Courtesy of Blast Books

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:39 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 05, 2013.

Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about tractors: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical.

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Interviews
11:11 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Abbot Genser HBO

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:39 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 06, 2013.

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Mon December 30, 2013

VIDEO: Volcano Erupts In El Salvador, Ash And Gas Soar

The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador erupted on Sunday.
Hector Garay/Telenoticias 21 AFP/Getty Images

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

Harold Simmons stands by the Dallas courthouse entrance in October 1997. Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, died Saturday in Dallas. He was 82.
Flor Cordero Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 1:49 pm

Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, has died. He was 82.

The Dallas Morning News says Simmons died late Saturday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. His wife, Annette, told the newspaper that Simmons was "very sick for the last two weeks" and was in Baylor's intensive care unit. The family spent Christmas at the hospital, she said.

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Storms
9:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

FEMA officials in Pekin to answer questions, offer registration

FEMA officials are at the Pekin Walmart Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about federal disaster assistance.  The federal disaster survivor assistance team will also offer registration services to those impacted by last month’s devastating tornadoes.  Residents can also get information on wind mitigation tips when rebuilding damaged structures.  

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It's All Politics
9:31 am
Mon December 30, 2013

GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on stage with their wives Ann Romney and Janna Ryan at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:28 am

A year after losing the popular vote for the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has crafted a series of rules tweaks designed to regain control of — and dramatically shorten — its presidential nominating process.

The subcommittee charged with looking for fixes has approved five proposed changes for review by the Republican National Committee's rules committee at its January meeting. The full RNC would then need to pass the changes by a three-quarters supermajority.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Mon December 30, 2013

NFL Firings Begin: Browns, Redskins, Others Ax Coaches

He's out: Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday during the team's loss to the New York Giants. He was fired on Monday.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:20 am

Coaches' heads are beginning to roll in the National Football League, now that the 2013 regular season is over.

NFL.com reports that:

-- Cleveland Browns coach Rod Chudzinski has lost his job after just one season with the club. The Browns finished with a 4-12 record.

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Government
8:05 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Peoria County administrator reflects on 2013

Peoria County’s top administrator says 2013 was a year of accomplishment.  Lori Curtis Luther says the County officially opened its new $45 million Heddington Oaks facility in West Peoria.  She says the nursing home is a modern change from the former Bel-Wood building that lacked modern fire and safety protections:

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Government
8:01 am
Mon December 30, 2013

PHA to vote on new firearms policy

The Peoria Housing Authority board will vote on a new firearms policy next month. The goal is to make sure its complying with Illinois’ concealed carry law which takes effect in January. The law forbids anyone from carrying a concealed weapon on government property. P.H.A. Chief Executive Officer Brenda Coates says the housing authority’s policy will reflect that by prohibiting concealed carry in any of its buildings, including the common areas.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Third Icebreaker Fails To Reach Stranded Ship In Antarctic

Nowhere to go: A view from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is trapped in thick Antarctic ice 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.
Andrew Peacock/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography AP

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 1:17 pm

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