1:29pm

Fri April 5, 2013
The Salt

Craft Beer-Crazy Oregon Poised To Name Official State Microbe

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:36 pm

Oh, Portland: the Hopworks Urban Brewery's "pub bike."
Elly Blue/via Flickr

A humble creature that has long toiled in obscurity for the benefit of humankind is poised to win a small measure of the distinction it deserves: designation as Oregon's official state microbe.

It looks to be the first microbe to gain official state recognition.

The microbe in question, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, plays a key role in the state's economy. Without it, sugar would not become alcohol, and Oregon would not have a craft beer industry worth $2.4 billion.

That's a lot of yeast.

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1:01pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Palliative Care Need Grows, Specialists Are Scarce

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:59 pm

Dr. Martha Twaddle talks to a patient and strokes her hair during a visit at the Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter in Skokie, Ill., in 2012.
Antonia Perez MCT /Landov

Baby boomers have never needed more care to ease their pain and suffering. But there simply aren't enough specialists to get the job done.

There's a shortfall of as many as 18,000 physicians focused on palliative care and hospice care. Right now, there are 5,150 hospice programs and 1,635 hospital palliative care teams in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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As music director Steve Brown curates and selects the classics you hear during our daytime music programing. 

As a musician, Steve serves as a conductor of the Blacksburg Community Band and is Choir Director for his church. He has also written the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations for musicals ("The Prisoner Of Zenda" and "Road To Paradise"). The Roanoke Symphony will premiere his âââââââ

12:56pm

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

FAA Will Delay Closure Of 149 Air Traffic Control Towers Until June

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided to delay the closing of 149 airport control towers until mid-June.

The Obama administration said it needed to cut funding for the towers — mostly in small communities — because of $637 million in budget cuts mandated by law.

"This additional time will allow the agency to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions," the FAA said in a statement. "Extending the transition deadline will give the FAA and airports more time to execute the changes to the National Airspace System."

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12:54pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Law

Experts: Prison Gang Reach Increasingly Extends Into Streets

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:47 pm

Prison violence is getting out of prison.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that white supremacist prison gangs may have been involved in a series of shootings of public officials in Colorado and Texas. If so, criminologists say, this would be part of a larger pattern of prison gangs extending their reach.

"Increasingly, these prison gangs are spilling out onto the streets," says Mark Potok, an editor with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

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12:43pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Economy

Honda's Growth Helps Tow Ohio Out Of Recession

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:04 pm

Al Kinzer, who was Honda of America's first employee, drives the company's one millionth U.S.-produced car off the assembly line at Honda's assembly plant in Marysville, Ohio, April 8, 1988.
Greg Sailor AP

Honda is moving its North American headquarters from California to Ohio. That's just the latest bit of good news for the Buckeye State and Honda, whose fortunes have been closely tied for decades now.

Honda has been an economic heavyweight here since it was lured to central Ohio in the 1970s. The company's footprint is big, and it continues to increase.

Honda's sprawling Marysville Auto Plant opened outside Columbus in 1982. Since then, it has grown to nearly 4 million square feet and now sits on a campus of 8,000 acres.

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12:30pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Music Interviews

Bonobo: Challenging Music's 'Borders,' Finding A New Frontier

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:04 pm

Bonobo's new album is titled The North Borders.
Andrew De Francesco Courtesy of the artist

12:15pm

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Calls For 'Decisive Action' On Clerical Sex Abuse

Pope Francis greets the faithful on March 31, 2013 in Vatican City.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Pope Francis told his staff to take "decisive action" when it comes to cases of clerical sex abuse of minors.

In a statement, the Vatican said the pontiff ordered the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to "act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse are concerned, promoting, above all, measures to protect minors, help for those who have suffered such violence in the past (and) the necessary procedures against those who are guilty."

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12:10pm

Fri April 5, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Coughing And The Meaning Of Art

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 12:29 pm

Musical instruments wait for the arrival of the orchestra during the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 12.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

A few years back, I attended a Keith Jarrett solo piano recital at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The hall, which seats nearly 3,000 people, was sold out.

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11:41am

Fri April 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Lead In Soil May Be An Overlooked Threat To Kids' Health

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:43 pm

Industrial cities like Detroit have high levels of lead in the aging housing stock and in soils. Researchers found that the amount of soil lead in Detroit that gets suspended in the air correlated with the levels of lead in kids' blood.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Lead poisoning in kids is hardly the problem it used to be, now that we've stopped using lead in house paints and gasoline. But the lead that lingers outside and in old homes is still dangerous if kids are exposed to it.

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