12:49pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

T. Rex Has A Cousin In China, Researchers Say

A predatory dinosaur has been named a relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, based on the discovery of a skull and jaw bones that paleontologists say are very similar to those of the famous carnivore. The jaw contains teeth that are some 4 inches in length.

As reported by the BBC, the prehistoric animal, named Zhuchengtyrannus magnus, was found in Zhucheng, a city in eastern China's Shandong Province. The name is translated as "Tyrant from Zhucheng."

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12:16pm

Thu March 31, 2011
Agriculture

Farmers May Boost Corn Crop to Help Ease Global Shortage

Scott Bauer U.S. Dept of Agriculture

U.S. farmers are expected to boost the size of this year’s corn crop - a move that could potentially help to ease global food shortages by the fall.  But even with record-high prices, Colorado farmers may not follow suit.

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12:05pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

'Bronx Zoo Cobra' To Host 'Saturday Night Live'?

The snake's still on the lam.

And still on Twitter:

"Got a bagel at H & H Bagels on upper west side. When I ordered I said, 'I'll have the snakes on a PLAIN.' He did not laugh. Tough crowd."

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11:54am

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Fighter Jet's Engine Explodes On Carrier Off California's Coast

A fighter jet's engine exploded on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Stennis, injuring 10 sailors and causing five of them to be airlifted to hospitals in Southern California.

The carrier was conducting training exercises 100 miles off the coast of San Diego when the incident occurred.

According to a Pentagon news video on the KPBS blog The Home Front, the incident happened Wednesday.

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11:46am

Thu March 31, 2011
The Picture Show

Utter Destruction: Japan's Nuclear Plant, Seen From The Air

Our reporters and photographers on the ground in Japan have helped us hear and see the destruction wrought by the massive quake and tsunami that struck the island nation March 11. In contrast, the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex remains largely opaque.

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I first became a fan of public radio as a journalism student at Boston University, where I spent 2 years as a work-study student at WBUR.  I moved to Colorado in 1990, and KUNC was the first Colorado station I found while scanning the dial as I drove across the state line.  I've been a listener ever since.

I'm excited to join KUNC's staff after nearly 10 years experience in commercial radio and other media in Northern Colorado, and after years of being a KUNC member. While working for competing media, I'd always marveled at KUNC's ability to attract such a large listening audience-- not to mention great listener support--by providing 1st class programming.  And I look forward to being part of KUNC's continued growth in the future!

9:09am

Thu March 31, 2011
World

Arab Revolutions Inspire Afghan Youth

After watching the protests that led to the downfall of regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, Afghan youth are expressing revolutionary sentiments.

"I am counting seconds for the day when 20 of my friends call me and ask me to go out on the streets to protest against the notoriously corrupt government of [Afghan President Hamid Karzai] and the violence of the Taliban," says 19-year-old university student Ahmad Seyar.

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9:00am

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip Again

There were 6,000 fewer first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

"In the week ending March 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 394,000," ETA reports.

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8:53am

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

In Arizona, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Having 'Major Effect' On Senate Race

As she continues to recover from the injuries she received in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage that left six people dead and another 13 with gunshot wounds, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "having a major effect on Arizona politics," The New York Times writes today.

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8:25am

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart CEO Sees Inflation Ahead; Do You?

"Serious" inflation is going to start hitting consumers in their wallets this summer, Wal-Mart's U.S. CEO tells USA Today.

"We're seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate," Bill Simon says, and retailers are going to have to pass some of them along. Among the pressure points, obviously: Higher fuel prices, which then push up transportation costs.

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