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Today at 2:00, the Emergency Alert System’s First Test

At 2:00 this afternoon, all radio and television stations in the United States will air the first ever test of the Emergency Alert System.

The test will last about a minute. The new EAS replaces antiquated systems and allows the president to address the nation in case of an emergency. The president decides when to activate the system nationally, and the test will determine how reliable and effective the new system is. The FCC website has more information on their website. You can also visit ready.gov for emergency preparedness tips.

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Updates and Live Coverage From Libya

The situation in Libya remains fluid with rebels holding strong in Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi‘s regime appears to be on the brink of collapse. WFPL will broadcast the BBC’s coverage of events all night until Morning Edition Monday.

For more coverage, you can watch live video online from Al Jazeera.

As he has since the Arab Spring began, NPR’s Andy Carvin is retweeting posts from people on the ground with analysis, clarifications and corrections when necessary. We’re also posting curated coverage on Twitter.

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Special Coverage: London Riots at 1:00

BBC World Have Your Say will broadcast live from Waterloo at 1:00 today and WFPL News will carry the coverage. BBC reporters will speak with Londoners about the riots, which have now spread outside the city. Prime Minister David Cameron is putting thousands more police officers on the streets to quell the disruptions, which erupted over the weekend.

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Live Coverage of the President’s Press Conference Today at 11:00

President Barack Obama will hold a press conference today at 11:00. Mr. Obama is expected to talk about the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. WFPL will carry live coverage of the event.

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My Morning Jacket to Visit On Point

Three members of Louisville’s My Morning Jacket (Jim James, Tom Blankenship and Patrick Hallahan) will talk with Tom Ashbrook today on On Point.

WFPL will air the interview at 3:00 pm and it looks like it will be a Kentucky-centric show.

They’re a fixture on the indie rock circuit. Hippie shamans, more Radiohead than Doors, says Rolling Stone.

Now they’ve taken their act back home to Kentucky.

This hour On Point: we ask My Morning Jacket, can you really go home again?

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Special Edition of On Point Live at 10 AM

At 10:00 am this morning, WFPL News will broadcast On Point live. The topic of the hour is prescription drug abuse, which is a major problem in Kentucky. The White House drug czar has called Kentucky “ground zero” for the problem.

The Courier-Journal‘s Laura Ungar–who wrote the Prescription for Tragedy series–will appear on the show, along with Charleston Gazette reporter Alison Knezevich, Saint Petersburg Times and Miami Herald reporter Janet Zink and Regina Labelle, who is with the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The reporters represent major legs of the so-called pill pipeline, which begins in Florida and heads north toward Kentucky.

We’re airing this hour live because we’re committed to covering local and regional news, and providing a forum for you to take part in important discussions like this.

You can call 1-800-423-8255 during the show to discus the topic.

The Diane Rehm Show will air at 11am this morning.

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Programming Note: On Point to Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse Thursday at 10

At 10:00 am Thursday, WFPL will broadcast On Point live. The topic of the hour is prescription drug abuse, which is a major problem in Kentucky. The early broadcast will give Louisville-area listeners a chance to discuss the topic on air.

The Courier-Journal‘s Laura Ungar–who wrote the Prescription for Tragedy series–will appear on the show, along with Charleston Gazette reporter Alison Knezevich, Saint Petersburg Times and Miami Herald reporter Janet Zink and Regina Labelle, who is with the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The reporters represent major legs of the so-called pill pipeline, which begins in Florida and heads north toward Kentucky.

On Point will be broadcast live from Boston at 10, and you can call 1-800-423-8255 during the show to discus the topic.

The Diane Rehm show airs one hour later at 11am.