WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne http://wkar.org en Americans Detained In Egypt Now Allowed To Leave http://wkar.org/post/americans-detained-egypt-now-allowed-leave Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. American democracy activists held in Egypt are headed home today. The nongovernmental organizations whose employees were being held confirmed that the travel ban had been lifted. The workers were being held in Egypt on charges of fomenting unrest. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:34:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 13390 at http://wkar.org Massey Officials Charged In 2010 Coal Mine Blast http://wkar.org/post/massey-officials-charged-2010-coal-mine-blast Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We have an update now on a story NPR's been investigating for almost two years. This morning, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in a 2010 coal mine explosion in West Virginia. Twenty-nine mine workers died in the blast at the Upper Big Branch mine. The charges reach into the management ranks of Massey Energy, the company that operated the mine. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:48:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 12915 at http://wkar.org Wade's Re-Election Bid Rocks Senegal's Stability http://wkar.org/post/senegalese-capital-rife-violence-ahead-election Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Senegal, on the coast of West Africa, has been something of a model of stability for a region known for its volatility. But this past week has brought protests and violence to Senegal after demonstrations over a presidential election this coming weekend led to clashes with riot police. We've got NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton on the line from the capital Dakar to tell us what is going on there.<p>Good morning, Ofeibea.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Greetings, Renee. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 12785 at http://wkar.org Building Better Houses For Wounded Soldiers http://wkar.org/post/building-better-houses-wounded-soldiers All wars bring innovations — in weapons, and also in ways to repair the damage done. Penicillin is one of the more famous examples: It came into use as a treatment for troops in World War II.<p>The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought their own breakthroughs, none more dramatic than the prosthetics that come close to giving back what has been lost. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 12461 at http://wkar.org Building Better Houses For Wounded Soldiers U.S. Strategy For Afghan War Reaches Critical Stage http://wkar.org/post/us-strategy-afghan-war-reaches-critical-stage Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We're going to look now at American military strategy for the war in Afghanistan. There's been some confusion lately about whether American forces would end their combat mission sooner than planned and also about how long the U.S. will remain in Afghanistan. So to try to make sense of it all, we're joined by NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman.<p>Good morning.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Let's start with the basics. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently talked about hopefully - that was his word - ending the U.S. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 12218 at http://wkar.org Egypt To Try 19 Americans In NGO Dispute http://wkar.org/post/egypt-try-19-americans-ngo-dispute Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The military-led government in Egypt, in a defiant gesture, says it will put on trial 19 Americans and some two dozen others, over work they've been doing to help Egypt in its transition to democracy. Those facing charges include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, along with others working for nonprofits promoting civil society and good governance.<p>The accused have been forbidden to leave the country although apparently, several have left already and some are reported to have taken shelter in the U.S. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 11998 at http://wkar.org GOP Contests Move To Colorado, Minnesota http://wkar.org/post/gop-contests-move-colorado-minnesota Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The Republican presidential primary season heads into another phase this week, as Colorado and Minnesota voters choose their candidates tomorrow. Over the weekend, Mitt Romney scored a huge victory in the Nevada caucuses, besting his closest rival, Newt Gingrich, by double digits.<p>As the Republicans battle it out, President Obama got some positive news on the economy last week and is seeing his polling numbers improve. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 12003 at http://wkar.org House Leaders Do An About-Face On Tax Extension http://wkar.org/post/house-leaders-do-about-face-tax-extension Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>It appears as if the bitter fighting in Congress is about to come to an end just in time for Christmas. Today, the House and the Senate are expected to approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday and benefits for the long-term unemployed. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 3278 at http://wkar.org Baghdad Ceremony Formally Ends Iraq War http://wkar.org/post/baghdad-ceremony-formally-ends-iraq-war Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. On what was once one of America's busiest bases in Iraq, the flag of U.S. forces was rolled up this morning, ready to be sent home to America. It's a ceremony known as the casing of the colors. And Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was there, marking the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq. We reached NPR's Kelly McEvers at that ceremony. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 2842 at http://wkar.org Defense Secretary Panetta In Afghan Capital Kabul http://wkar.org/post/defense-secretary-panetta-afghan-capital-kabul Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Let's get a look, now, at two war-torn countries. One that Americans are leaving, and another that they would like to leave. One is Iraq whereas, we'll hear in a moment, departing U.S. troops leave behind some unresolved conflicts.<p>INSKEEP: The other is Afghanistan, which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is visiting today. He's called this year a turning point for the U.S. mission, though it will be more years before U.S. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 2777 at http://wkar.org Egyptians Cast Ballots In 1st Stage Of Parliamentary Elections http://wkar.org/post/egyptians-cast-ballots-1st-stage-parliamentary-elections Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Let's turn to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, where hundreds of women lined up at one polling center this morning.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD CHATTER)<p>MONTAGNE: For many in this women's line, this is the first election in which they feel their choice will count. We reached NPR's Soraya Sorhadi Nelson in Alexandria. Good morning.<p>SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: And generally speaking, what are you seeing at polling stations there in Alexandria?<p>NELSON: Throngs of voters. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 1891 at http://wkar.org Politics In The News http://wkar.org/post/politics-news-1 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Many Americans could receive less in their paychecks in January, unless Congress extends a reduction of the Social Security payroll tax. This week, Senate Democrats will try to continue that tax holiday and pay for it by charging a new tax on the very wealthy. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 1894 at http://wkar.org Obama Sends Signals To Debt Committee To Act http://wkar.org/post/politics-news Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And as Ari said just a moment ago, President Obama will be back in Washington just before that supercommittee's deadline. Before the president left for Hawaii, he picked up the phone and made calls to both the Democratic and Republican chairs of the group.<p>To talk about that and more, let's turn now to NPR's Cokie Roberts. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne 1088 at http://wkar.org