1:11pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Planet Money

This 14-Year-Old Girl Just Bought A House In Florida

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 10:46 am

Willow Tufano, landlord.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

Meet Willow Tufano, age 14: Lady Gaga fan, animal lover, landlord.

In 2005, when Willow was 7, the housing market was booming. Home prices in some Florida neighborhoods nearly doubled from one month to the next. Her family moved into a big house; her mom became a real estate agent.

But as Willow moved from childhood to adolescence, the market turned, and the neighborhood emptied out. "Everyone is getting foreclosed on here," she says.

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12:00pm

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Photo: Northern Lights Over Iceland

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:28 pm

The Northern Lights in the sky Thursday above Faskusfjordur on the east coast of Iceland Thursday.
Jonina Oskardottir AP

The solar storm that swept over Earth Thursday didn't seem to cause any major problems, as some had feared.

But the prediction that it would create some beautiful Northern Lights has proved to be quite true. The Associated Press has moved a quite striking photo taken Thursday on the east coast of Iceland.

If you see others, and good videos as well, share any links in the comments thread.

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12:00pm

Fri March 9, 2012
It's All Politics

The Fight Over Voter ID Laws Goes To The United Nations

NAACP president Ben Jealous hopes that international pressure might be another weapon against strict new voter ID laws. Here Jealous speaks on Jan. 16 at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C. for Martin Luther King Day.
Rainier Ehrhardt Reuters /Landov

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced it will appear before the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva next week to seek support for its fight against voter identification laws enacted in U.S. states.

The civil rights organization says the laws are among several measures adopted by some states that violate the human and civil rights of minority voters by suppressing their participation in elections.

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12:00pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Education

Questions Grow Over Race Discipline Report

The Department of Education's top civil rights official, Russlynn Ali, speaks with host Michel Martin about a new report. It finds students of color have less access to high-level classes, their teachers are often paid less than those of white students in same district, and suspension rates for black students are disproportionately high.

11:21am

Fri March 9, 2012
State Capitol

Ex-Cons Rally for their Voting Rights

Supporters of legislation to restore voting rights to felons say the offenders have paid their debt to society and should have full suffrage granted automatically. House Bill 70 is a constitutional amendment that would allow for that restoration, which is currently banned. The House has already advanced the measure, but like in years past, the bill seems dead on arrival in the state Senate.

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11:19am

Fri March 9, 2012
State Capitol

Legislators Ante Up for Tornado Survivors

Kentucky lawmakers and their staffs have raised more than twenty thousand dollars for disaster relief this week. Members of the Kentucky General Assembly had set a goal of ten thousand dollars to donate to the Red Cross in the wake of tornadoes that struck eastern and northern Kentucky last week.

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11:00am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Check Out This 7-Year-Old's Monster Trap

Audri, up close.
YouTube.com

10:20am

Fri March 9, 2012
State Capitol

Proposals to Regulate Pain Clinics Advance

Differing proposals to regulate pain clinics in Kentucky wound their way through the House and a Senate committee on Thursday, but leaders of both chambers predicted they will strike a compromise to tackle the scourge of prescription drug abuse. An average of 82 people a month die from prescription drug abuse in Kentucky.

10:17am

Fri March 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

House Republicans Protest Committee Meeting

Six House Republicans boycotted a committee meeting Thursday because the chairman refused to take a vote on a measure that would require random drug testing of people who receive welfare and other public benefits. But House Health and Welfare chairman Tom Burch said House Bill 26 would have been defeated if the committee had taken a vote. "I didn't want to embarrass him," Burch, D-Louisville, said of Rep. Lonnie Napier, the primary sponsor of HB 26. Napier, one of the long est-serving members of the House, announced earlier this year that he was not seeking re-election.

10:12am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Commonwealth

Law Enforcement Warns of New Scams

Scammers posing as government officials may be the newest threat, but plots to trick people out of their money come in all shapes and sizes. One woman reported receiving several calls from different individuals claiming to be federal attorneys or officials, and insisting she had an unpaid bill. The scam bears a resemblance to a phone scheme that has grown in scope in more than a dozen U.S. states in recent months, according to an FBI press release. Persons claiming to be officers of the court call to inform you that you have missed jury duty and must pay a fine or risk being arrested. Such calls may sound official, but don’t be duped.

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