5:57 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Mountain Song at Sea Contest

Mountain Song at Sea is a three day cruise from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.  Sail away on the Norwegian Sky and enjoy music similar to what you enjoy at Mountain Song Festival.

The prize package includes one stateroom for two.  Airfare not included.

Everyone who contributes to WNCW during our Spring Pledge Drive from March 3 until March 9 at 6pm will be entered into both the Mountain Song at Sea and Bonnaroo drawings.  No contribution is necessary to enter.

Laura Ziegler began her career at KCUR as a reporter more than 20 years ago. She became the news director in the mid 1980's and  in 1988,  went to National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. as a producer for Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon.

In 1993, she came back to Kansas City as the Midwest correspondent for National Public Radio. Among the stories she covered - the floods of 1993, the ongoing farm crisis and rural affairs, and presidential campaigns.

Around the Nation
4:25 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

After Scandal, New Rules For Juveniles In Pa. Courts

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton, Pa., in 2009. Ciavarella was convicted last year of racketeering and conspiracy for taking nearly a million dollars from the developer of two for-profit prisons.
David Kidwell AP

More than 2,000 young people in Pennsylvania are trying to put one of the nation's worst juvenile justice scandals behind them. It's been a year since a former judge was convicted in the so-called "kids for cash" scandal.

New rules intended to protect the rights of children took effect this week, but questions about Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system remain.

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Around the Nation
4:24 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes

A cross with the words "Promises Made"-- referring to statements from BP and government officials — stands in front of a pile of crosses symbolizing things that were impacted by the spill, in a front yard in Grand Isle, La.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 5:09 pm

Oil giant BP has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal was announced late Friday and prompted a federal judge in New Orleans to postpone a Monday trial, but the proposed settlement solves only one piece of BP's legal exposure from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

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Around the Nation
3:00 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Animal Disease Center's New Home Proves Difficult

The animal disease center that the Homeland Security department has maintained since Sept. 11 has fallen into disrepair. A proposed new location in Kansas has been riddled with neighborhood concerns, safety threats and escalating costs. Laura Ziegler of Harvest Public Media reports.

The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Mormon Leaders Warn Followers To Stop Controversial Baptisms

The sun sets behind the Mormon Temple, the centerpiece of Temple Square, in Salt Lake City.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 1:00 pm

Mormons around the world are getting this warning Sunday: Stop posthumous baptisms of "unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims."

"Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors," says a letter to be read in every Mormon congregation. "Those whose names are submitted for proxy [baptisms] should be related to the submitter."

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9:35 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Help Us Reach Our Goal

8:10 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Featured CDs This Week: Americana & Rock

Ani DiFranco "Which Side Are You On?"

Galactic "Carnivale Electricos"

Justin Townes Earle "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now"

Lyle Lovett "Release Me"

Various "New Multitudes Songs of Woody Guthrie"

Various "Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan" (Call In Only)

Various "This One's For Him: Tribute to Guy Clark" (Call In Only)

8:03 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Featured CDs This Week: Bluegrass, Celtic, & Roots

Carolina Chocolate Drops "Leaving Eden"

Chieftains "Voice of Ages"

Comas "self-titled"

Del McCoury "Old Memories: Songs of Bill Monroe"

Mountain Faith "Save Me"

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out "Prime Tyme"

Pledge Now for a CD.

Middle East
8:01 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Red Cross Restricted As Killing Continues In Syria

The Syrian government continued shelling the city Homs overnight. The latest United Nations report estimates 7,500 people have been killed since unrest began nearly a year ago. The government has also continued to refuse entry to the International Committee of the Red Cross. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.