In Florida, members of Congress and the state legislature are scrambling to decide what districts they'll run for in this year's election. The legislature recently released maps that redraw the districts. It's a once-in-a-decade process every state goes through to reflect population changes since the last census. Because of its growth, Florida is gaining two seats, but there is bipartisan unhappiness with the maps. And NPR's Greg Allen reports that the battle over how they were drawn may ultimately be decided by the courts.
The eurozone crisis has focused attention on debt-burdened Greece spiraling into decline. Meanwhile, Portugal is seen as the international creditors' poster-child for obediently slashing spending and welfare benefits.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese national debt continues to grow, and the country is mired in recession and soaring unemployment.
The Portuguese national character has long been identified with Fado music. Raquel Freire, an activist with the local Occupy movement, says the melancholy style helps explain decades of resignation.
Despite some initial doubt, organizers of the nation’s oldest contemporary Christian music festival are preparing for another show this summer. Work continues on plans for this summer and for the future. Officials have looked into selling the 111 acre farm property, but it hasn't panned out. Finances still have Ichthus officials worried,so they're giving thought to the construction of additional facilities. Then, C-E-O Mark Vermillion says they could open up the property so other events could be staged there.
An image captured on Feb. 20, 1962, by NASA shows astronaut John Glenn during his space flight in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, weightless and traveling at 17,500 mph. The image was made by an automatic sequence motion picture camera.
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The Two-Way is formally off-duty for the Presidents' Day holiday. But not only does the news not take a holiday — often, holidays are the news. Here's a quick roundup of some of today's important and most-discussed stories:
Syria is reinforcing its military in what seems to be a bid to control Homs. (AP)
Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the pre-eminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. He is probably best known for his controversial 2008 cover of Michelle and Barack Obama, dressed as a Muslim and a militant with an AK-47, fist-bumping in the Oval Office.
A first term lawmaker from Louisville would like to see term limits set for each house of the legislature. The measure, offered by Representative Mike Nemes , calls for a constitutional amendment. If approved, it would require lawmakers to leave their chamber after 12 years. “It will somewhat rotate leadership so you won’t have leaders that possibly could be in charge for 20- 30 years and kind of run everything and the rank and file is kind of non-existent if that happens,” said Nemes.
Catcher Buster Posey, seen here during a spring training workout Sunday, has been told by the San Francisco Giants that he should avoid blocking home plate. Posey broke his leg on a scoring play at the plate last season.
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Major League Baseball's spring training has begun, as catchers and pitchers have made their way to Florida and Arizona to prepare for the 2012 season. Games in the Grapefruit League and Cactus League won't begin until early March, when all players will report to camp.
Central Kentucky missed out on a winter storm that slammed parts of southern and Eastern Kentucky, knocking out power for more than 20,000 customers. Meteorologist Chris Bailey said there were reports of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and totals probably would reach 8 inches in many areas. State police warned motorists in parts of southern Kentucky to limit travel because roads were covered with snow and ice.
State Rep. Brad Montell says he doesn't know where his charter-school bill is headed in this session after a hearing in the House Education Committee last week, but he said he isn't giving up. The education committee heard two hours of testimony from charter-school proponents and opponents Tuesday but did not vote to send House Bill 77 to the House floor. Montell, a Shelbyville Republican, has been pushing charter legislation for at least three years, but Tuesday was the first time his proposal had gotten an actual committee hearing.