5:20pm

Tue February 26, 2013
WVAS Local

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Governor Robert Bentley announced legislation meant to pave the way for more aviation jobs in Alabama.  The Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act of 2013 would set a ten-year limit that an aviation manufacturer would be liable for causes of action after delivery of the aircraft.  If the cause of action occurs at the ten-year deadline, a plaintiff still has two years to file a lawsuit.  Bentley says the provision is needed to compete for suppliers of Airbus that will be locating a plant in Mobile.  The Airbus plant is expected to employ around 1,000 people. 

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5:19pm

Tue February 26, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Governor Robert Bentley announced legislation meant to pave the way for more aviation jobs in Alabama.  The Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act of 2013 would set a ten-year limit that an aviation manufacturer would be liable for causes of action after delivery of the aircraft.  If the cause of action occurs at the ten-year deadline, a plaintiff still has two years to file a lawsuit.  Bentley says the provision is needed to compete for suppliers of Airbus that will be locating a plant in Mobile.  The Airbus plant is expected to employ around 1,000 people. 

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5:05pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Salt

Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal?

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 3:06 pm

From left: 8-year-old Celedonia, 3-year-old Gavin, Amy Spencer and Doug Brown gather around the kitchen as Doug prepares a fruit salad for dinner.
Maggie Starbard NPR

When we asked you (via our Facebook page) to tell us about the weekday challenges your families face, given the competing demands of work, commutes, schoolwork and activities, you didn't hold back. Especially on the subject of squeezing in a family dinner.

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4:55pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Middle East

Sanctions Bite, But Iran Shows No Signs Of Budging

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 12:31 pm

An Iranian woman shops at a supermarket in the capital, Tehran, on Feb. 22. International sanctions have hurt Iran's economy, but prospects for a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear program are dim as negotiators meet in Kazakhstan.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

A new round of international talks on Iran's nuclear program is under way in Kazakhstan, where the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany are asking Iran to give up any thought of building a nuclear weapon in exchange for relief from sanctions.

Western leaders do not predict a breakthrough, but they say small steps could be taken that would increase confidence on both sides.

Still, it's hard to imagine how such negotiations could proceed with lower expectations for progress.

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4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Politics

Obama Tries To Build Public Pressure On Congress Over Looming Budget Cuts

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

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And I'm Audie Cornish. Tick-tock goes the sequester clock. Three more days until automatic across-the-board spending cuts kick in. And today, President Obama was once again on the road trying to build public pressure on Congress to delay or replace the cuts. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson begins our coverage.

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4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Politics

House Makes Little Movement Toward Avoiding Automatic Budget Cuts

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

With automatic spending cuts totaling $85 billion scheduled to start Friday, Congressional leaders and President Obama continued maneuvering to avoid the political fallout. Melissa Block talks to Tamara Keith about the state of play and has details from a poll that suggests that Americans want to cut the deficit, but only in the abstract.

4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Politics

Most Republicans Who Signed Support For Same-Sex Marriage Aren't In Office

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

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And I'm Melissa Block.

Next month, the Supreme Court will take up a highly anticipated challenge to California's Prop 8, the ban on gay marriage. Today, a group of prominent Republicans weighed in with a legal brief opposing the ban. That puts them at odds with their party's position. But as NPR's Don Gonyea reports, it puts them in line with public opinion.

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4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Energy

Investigator: BP Wasn't Prepared For Disasters At Deepwater Oil Wells

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

Tuesday marked the second day of a civil trial connected to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in New Orleans. With opening statements over, plaintiffs began calling witnesses. Melissa Block talks to Jeff Brady.

4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Environment

Scientists Discover 'Ghost Continent' Under Layers Of Rock In Indian Ocean

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

Melissa Block speaks with Sid Perkins, a freelance writer specializing in earth sciences, about the recent discovery of a "lost microcontinent" submerged beneath the Indian Ocean.

4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Sports

After Lockout, Chicago Team Has Best Season Start In NHL History

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

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It's been an interesting year for National Hockey League fans. First of all, of course, the season was cut short after a long lockout, but now, in Chicago the Blackhawks are making up for lost time. They hold the record for the best start in NHL history. Last night, the Blackhawks faced off against the Edmonton Oilers and reporter Lauren Chooljian was there to see if Chicago's team could extend its streak.

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