The Two-Way
7:34 am
Mon January 27, 2014

UPDATED: Ukrainian President Offers To 'Scrap' Anti-Protest Law

A protester guards a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday.
Darko Vojinovic AP

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:29 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Kiev

Update at 5:23 p.m. ET. President Offers To Scrap Anti-Protest Law:

As the protests continued, Ukraine's president made another concession on Monday: He said he would scrap a law that made protesting illegal. The law fueled already violent protests and helped them spread into areas of the country that were loyal to President Viktor Yanukovych.

The AP reports:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

PRM begins collecting tornado-related stories

The Peoria Riverfront Museum kicks off a project Monday to capture the stories of people who survived the November tornados. 

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Mon January 27, 2014

VIDEO: Grammy Highlights, Including A Bit Of Paul And Ringo

Our friends at Monkey See and The Record covered Sunday night's Grammy awards from start to finish, so we won't repeat their good work.

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State News
6:53 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Il lawmakers return to Springfield this week

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield this week ... finally.  It'll be their first meeting this year. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more on the light calendar.

When the General Assembly convenes Wednesday, it's not for a typical day. The governor will give his State of the State speech. All legislators have to do is sit, listen, and react. 

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State News
6:24 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Senate Republican leader outlines her agenda

The Illinois general assembly returns to Springfield this week. One top Republican leader has an agenda, but says politics are likely to get in the way. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says lawmakers have a lot of urgent matters to tackle this session. 

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State News
6:14 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Illinois' U.S. Senators against reducing use of biofuels

Illinois’ U.S. Senators are urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency not to change rules mandating the use of ethanol and other biofuels. In a letter to the agency, Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk said the EPA does not have authority to make its proposed changes. 

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Nature
6:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Trumpeter Swans Flock In Record Numbers To Bird Sanctuary

It's about an hour after dawn on a cold January morning. A couple hundred trumpeter swans have spent the night on Pintail Pond at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Alton, Illinois.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio & The Beacon

Every winter, hundreds of trumpeter swans migrate from their breeding grounds in Wisconsin to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, just across the Mississippi River from Alton, Illinois.  This year there are about 900 of them ― a record for our area.  On a recent cold, blustery morning, IPR’s Véronique LaCapra drove up to see ― and hear ― the swans…and produced this audio postcard:

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The Two-Way
5:49 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

A man walks across a bridge in Trenton, N.J., on Saturday. More cold weather is headed his way.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 7:38 am

The National Weather Service is warning, once again, that brutally cold weather is going to be spreading across much of the nation, from the upper Midwest down to the deep South and up through the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.

The Weather Service even throws an exclamation point into its forecast for this week:

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Middle East
3:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Deaths, Arrests Mark 3rd Anniversary Of Egypt's Uprising

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:25 am

The third anniversary of Egypt's revolution was marked with violent clashes across the country between pro and anti-government demonstrators. By Sunday morning at least 49 people had been killed and more than 1,000 arrested.

Middle East
3:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Where Does The Dream Of Democracy Stand In Egypt?

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:25 am

Three years ago, the popular uprising in Egypt was considered a democracy movement. But now the military is in control of the government and the freely-elected president is in jail. To discuss the state of Egypt, Steve Inskeep talks to Issandr El Amrani of the International Crisis Group.

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