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11:58 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Book Nook: Feast Day of Fools, by James Lee Burke

The first time I interviewed James Lee Burke the year was 1997 and he came out to the station to talk about his novel "Cimarron Rose." That book went on to win the Edgar Award for that year.

That interview was the beginning of a wonderful connection with one of America's greatest writers. Burke just published his 30th novel, "Feast Day of Fools."  The author is now 75 years old and while he has slowed down a little bit; he no longer goes out on book tours, his writing gets more powerful with each successive book.

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Nature
10:33 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: September 27 - October 3, 2011

Yellow Jacket on Wood
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Early Fall.

Wind comes in ahead of the first October cold, pulling off foliage from box elders and sycamores, red Virginia creepers, and elms, blowing hickory leaves into the rivers. Early in the morning, Orion lies in the middle of the southern sky. The locust trees and cottonwoods, the grape vines and the milkweed leaves are gold. Black walnut trees are bare.

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Environment
8:47 am
Tue September 27, 2011

C8 panel to release health findings by July 2012

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A science panel studying the possible health effects of a chemical known as C8 plans to release its findings by July 2012.

Media outlets report that the three-member C8 Science Panel discussed its studies of the chemical, also called perfluorooctanoic acid, during a public meeting Monday evening in Parkersburg.

Panel member David Savitz told the crowd of about 50 that the scientists recognize the financial and emotional stakes and public health consequences.

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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Brunner named to Cultural Facilities Commission

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich on Monday appointed Ohio's former elections chief to a spot on the board that oversees repairs and improvements to the state's museums, historical buildings and sports stadiums.

The Republican governor named former Democratic secretary of state and one-time U.S. Senate hopeful Jennifer Brunner to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission.

Brunner preceded current Secretary of State Jon Husted and was defeated in the 2010 Democratic primary where she ran for former-U.S. Sen. George Voinovich's vacant seat after his retirement.

Politics
7:17 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Poll numbers on SB5 shift slightly

     TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A new poll suggests that about half of all Ohioans want the new collective bargaining law repealed while a little over a third want to keep it.

Ohio voters will decide in November whether to keep the law that bans public employees from striking and restricts collective bargaining abilities for public workers.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows that 51 percent of Ohio voters say the law should be repealed while 38 percent favor keeping it in place. 

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