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NPR 2011-02-23

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Wisconsin's Republican governor warns state workers could start being laid off as early as next week if the GOP-led legislature doesn't soon do away with collective bargaining rights for most state workers. Governor Scott Walker says he's taking a necessary approach to plugging a projected 3.6-billion-dollar budget deficit1. Unionized workers remain entrenched2 in massive protests at the state Capitol, and supporters in other states are staging similar demonstrations3 in solidarity4. Kirk Siegler with member station KUNC is in Denver, where he says demonstrators are fired up about more than a GOP attack on union rights in Wisconsin.

The union leaders here in Colorado are standing5 in what they say is solidarity with the Wisconsin union workers who've been protesting. They say Wisconsin is not an isolated6 incident, and so they're out here. They say they just show support for union workers as what they fear is that a national anti-union movement that's starting to sweep the country.

KUNC's Kirk Siegler that is reporting.

President Obama, meanwhile, is coming under more scrutiny7 over how he balances support for organized labor8 with renewed promises to back business owners. He was in Cleveland today, where NPR's Scott Horsley reports Mr. Obama wanted to learn more about how the government can help companies grow.

President Obama calls this meeting a working session, not a photo op. He and several cabinet secretaries are hearing from more than 100 business owners in hopes their success will put more Americans back to work.

"What would make it easier for you to grow, what would make it easier for you to create new jobs. How can America help you succeed so that you can help America succeed."

The White House says Cleveland is building a strong record of fostering entrepreneurship. The administration hopes to copy that in other parts of the country. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Cleveland.

Aftershocks continue to rattle9 the New Zealand city of Christchurch after a powerful earthquake struck, devastating10 parts of downtown. At least 65 people are confirmed dead, and rescue efforts continue for possibly hundreds more buried in collapsed11 buildings.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is refusing to quit. On state television today, Gaddafi denounced the uprising to get him ousted12 and said he would keep fighting for his country or die a martyr13. With the upheaval14 apparently15 growing in Libya, that's worrying investors16 about the effect's troubles with Africa's largest oil producers could have on the global economy. Fadel Gheit with Oppenheimer Holdings says the fears are spreading over higher oil prices.

"If we have supply disruption out of OPEC, I think oil prices would go much higher than the current level."

And we're seeing a play out in US stocks. At last check, the Dow was down nearly 170 points or 1.3% at 12,222, and NASDAQ was down 68 at 2,766.

This is NPR.

Two Iranian naval17 ships have crossed the Suez Canal, first time in 30 years that Iran has sent military ships through the Suez. Sheera Frenkel has more from Jerusalem.

Israeli officials responded angrily to news that the Iranian vessels18 had crossed the Suez Canal, calling that act a "provocation19". Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, said that Iran was trying to provoke a response from Israel by capitalizing on growing instability in the region. He said that Iran was purposefully dispatching ships in a public manner in order to assert Iran's interests. Lieberman's spokesman Yigal Palmor added that the international community should respond firmly to the presence of the Iranian ships in the Mediterranean20. Meanwhile, Israel's prime minister and defense21 minister denounced the ships as a power play by Iran. Israeli officials said they were in contact with American and Egyptian officials in the region and were monitoring the ships as they made their way to Syria for training exercises. For NPR News, I'm Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem.

Home Depot22 says net income rose more than 70% in the fourth quarter. Edgar Treiguts of Georgia Public Broadcasting has more.

The Atlanta-based company's per share earnings23 of 36 cents topped analysts24' expectations, and the retailer25 posted its first yearly increase in revenue since 2006 before the recession hammered the home improving industry. Home Depot's net income for the year rose 25% to more than 3.3 billion dollars. On the strength of those numbers, the company is forecasting rosier26 earnings for this year. Home improving retailers27 are seeing signs of life as the recession wanes28 and shoppers spend more. For NPR News, I'm Edgar Treiguts in Atlanta.


1 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
2 entrenched MtGzk8     
  • Television seems to be firmly entrenched as the number one medium for national advertising.电视看来要在全国广告媒介中牢固地占据头等位置。
  • If the enemy dares to attack us in these entrenched positions,we will make short work of them.如果敌人胆敢进攻我们固守的阵地,我们就消灭他们。
3 demonstrations 0922be6a2a3be4bdbebd28c620ab8f2d     
证明( demonstration的名词复数 ); 表明; 表达; 游行示威
  • Lectures will be interspersed with practical demonstrations. 讲课中将不时插入实际示范。
  • The new military government has banned strikes and demonstrations. 新的军人政府禁止罢工和示威活动。
4 solidarity ww9wa     
  • They must preserve their solidarity.他们必须维护他们的团结。
  • The solidarity among China's various nationalities is as firm as a rock.中国各族人民之间的团结坚如磐石。
5 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
6 isolated bqmzTd     
  • His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. 他的不良行为只是个别事件。
  • Patients with the disease should be isolated. 这种病的患者应予以隔离。
7 scrutiny ZDgz6     
  • His work looks all right,but it will not bear scrutiny.他的工作似乎很好,但是经不起仔细检查。
  • Few wives in their forties can weather such a scrutiny.很少年过四十的妻子经得起这么仔细的观察。
8 labor P9Tzs     
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
9 rattle 5Alzb     
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是摇着拨浪鼓,笑着叫着。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她听见茶具叮当响。
10 devastating muOzlG     
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
11 collapsed cwWzSG     
  • Jack collapsed in agony on the floor. 杰克十分痛苦地瘫倒在地板上。
  • The roof collapsed under the weight of snow. 房顶在雪的重压下突然坍塌下来。
12 ousted 1c8f4f95f3bcc86657d7ec7543491ed6     
驱逐( oust的过去式和过去分词 ); 革职; 罢黜; 剥夺
  • He was ousted as chairman. 他的主席职务被革除了。
  • He may be ousted by a military takeover. 他可能在一场军事接管中被赶下台。
13 martyr o7jzm     
  • The martyr laid down his life for the cause of national independence.这位烈士是为了民族独立的事业而献身的。
  • The newspaper carried the martyr's photo framed in black.报上登载了框有黑边的烈士遗像。
14 upheaval Tp6y1     
  • It was faced with the greatest social upheaval since World War Ⅱ.它面临第二次世界大战以来最大的社会动乱。
  • The country has been thrown into an upheaval.这个国家已经陷入动乱之中。
15 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
16 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
17 naval h1lyU     
  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
  • The harbour is an important naval base.该港是一个重要的海军基地。
18 vessels fc9307c2593b522954eadb3ee6c57480     
n.血管( vessel的名词复数 );船;容器;(具有特殊品质或接受特殊品质的)人
  • The river is navigable by vessels of up to 90 tons. 90 吨以下的船只可以从这条河通过。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • All modern vessels of any size are fitted with radar installations. 所有现代化船只都有雷达装置。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
19 provocation QB9yV     
  • He's got a fiery temper and flares up at the slightest provocation.他是火爆性子,一点就着。
  • They did not react to this provocation.他们对这一挑衅未作反应。
20 Mediterranean ezuzT     
  • The houses are Mediterranean in character.这些房子都属地中海风格。
  • Gibraltar is the key to the Mediterranean.直布罗陀是地中海的要冲。
21 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
22 depot Rwax2     
  • The depot is only a few blocks from here.公共汽车站离这儿只有几个街区。
  • They leased the building as a depot.他们租用这栋大楼作仓库。
23 earnings rrWxJ     
  • That old man lives on the earnings of his daughter.那个老人靠他女儿的收入维持生活。
  • Last year there was a 20% decrease in his earnings.去年他的收入减少了20%。
24 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
25 retailer QjjzzO     
  • What are the retailer requirements?零售商会有哪些要求呢?
  • The retailer has assembled a team in Shanghai to examine the question.这家零售商在上海组建了一支团队研究这个问题。
26 rosier c5f556af64144e368d0d66bd10521a50     
  • Rosier for an instant forgot the delicacy of his position. 罗齐尔一时间忘记了他的微妙处境。
  • A meeting had immediately taken place between the Countess and Mr. Rosier. 伯爵夫人和罗齐尔先生已经搭讪上了。
27 retailers 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95     
零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
  • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
  • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
28 wanes 2dede4a31d9b2bb3281301f6e37d3968     
v.衰落( wane的第三人称单数 );(月)亏;变小;变暗淡
  • The moon waxes till it becomes full, and then wanes. 月亮渐盈,直到正圆,然后消亏。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The moon waxes and wanes every month. 月亮每个月都有圆缺。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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