12:51pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Author Interviews

'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 3:42 pm

A part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is seen inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the ancient manuscripts dating back to the time of Jesus that were found between 1947 and 1956 in caves by the Dead Sea. Since they were first discovered, they have been a source of fascination and debate over what they can teach — and have taught — about Judeo-Christian history. In his new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, Yale professor John J. Collins tells the story of the scrolls, their discovery and the controversies surrounding the scholarship of them.

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12:41pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Center for Public Integrity: EPA Unaware Of Industry Ties On Cancer Review Panel

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 4:44 pm

Our investigative reporting colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) continue their look at the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of toxic pollution with a new report scrutinizing the agency's delay in announcing that "even a small amount of a chemical compound commonly found in tap water may cause cancer."

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12:34pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Carnival Apologizes For Triumph Conditions, Cancels 14 Upcoming Cruises

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:49 pm

The Triumph cruise ship, set adrift in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire Sunday, is being towed to Mobile, Alabama. The Carnival cruise ship line has cancelled the ship's next 14 voyages.
U.S. Coast Guard

With the Carnival cruise ship Triumph and its 3,143 passengers now being towed to Mobile, Ala., more reports are emerging from passengers aboard the ship that lost engine power Sunday. They describe a tent city on the upper deck and continuing problems with the sewage system.

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12:21pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

From Desmond Tutu, A Scathing Rebuke Of U.S. Drone Program

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:28 pm

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Hidden in the "letters to the editor" section of The New York Times, this morning is a scathing rebuke of the United States' targeted killing program.

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11:59am

Wed February 13, 2013
Monkey See

Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving

In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
AP

11:55am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Behind The Mic: Here's Why The 11 A.M. Newscast Was All 'Live'

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 11:00 am

How many NPR staffers can you fit in one booth? From left to right: Craig Windham, Dave Mattingly, Mark Memmott and Korva Coleman.
Dave Pignanelli
  • The all-live Newscast

We don't usually write about what happens in the NPR newsroom. That old line about not wanting to know how the sausage is made certainly applies in most cases.

But if you were tuned in at 11 a.m. ET and the newscast sounded a little different, it's because some technical gremlins got hold of the pre-recorded reports from NPR's correspondents and wouldn't let go. So, it was "live radio" time.

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11:45am

Wed February 13, 2013
Local

Shreveport auction firm featured on Travel Channel show

Credit Travel Channel "Baggage Battles"

A Shreveport auction firm will be featured on the Feb. 13 episode of the cable TV show “Baggage Battles” on the Travel Channel. Lawler Auction Company president Danny Lawler said the show shot two episodes at auctions he conducted in December. The show's auction experts bid on items, and then seek appraisals to reveal the true worth of the items they buy. Lawler said the Travel Channel crew filmed an auction in which hundreds of items were up for bid, mostly surplus from various government agencies in northwest Louisiana.

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11:40am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Feinstein Says Intelligence Committee Reviews Drone Attacks

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:24 pm

When President Obama used his State of the Union address to affirm "we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts" to target terrorism suspects overseas, national security experts wondered exactly who on Capitol Hill got the scoop about secretive U.S. drone strikes.

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11:33am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Marine Stewardship Council Responds To NPR Series On Sustainable Seafood

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:32 pm

Swordfish from Canada feature a label from the Marine Stewardship Council at a Whole Foods in Washington, D.C.
Margot Williams NPR

Earlier this week, NPR aired a three-part investigation of the Marine Stewardship Council on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams reported, the MSC certifies seafood that is supposed to be good for the environment. But some environmental groups argue that the label is misleading, and that as more retailers promise to sell only sustainable-labeled seafood, the program is certifying fisheries that don't deserve it.

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11:25am

Wed February 13, 2013
Local

City of Nacogdoches reaps return on centralized surplus program

The city of Nacogdoches' purchasing manager Gary Baisden is in charge of ridding departments of surplus equipment. That effort has generated more than $1 million for the city since the centralized surplus program began in 2009.
Credit City of Nacogdoches

The city of Nacogdoches has pocketed more than $1 million since it centralized its effort to get rid of surplus equipment and vehicles. Gary Baisden, the city's purchasing and risk manager, took over the surplus effort in June 2009. Since then, he said, he’s sent more than 175 items to auction, including a parcel of land. Baisden said he posts the items to the website GovDeals. Buyers have come from all over, even as far away as Canada.

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