4:00am

Mon March 5, 2012
Asia

China's National People's Opens Annual Session

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:51 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now just as the U.S. economy seems to be picking up, China's is not. The Chinese government has downgraded its economic growth target to the slowest rate in eight years. China's premier says the country needs to boost consumer demand, and address what he calls unsustainable development.

NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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3:44am

Mon March 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:51 am

Ryan Shank-Rowe, 9, takes part in a therapeutic riding program at Little Full Cry Farm in Clifton, Va., last month.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.

That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish and even horses — in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

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3:41am

Mon March 5, 2012
Business

Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing?

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:51 am

A welder at Specialty Fab in North Lima, Ohio, works March 1 on a piece of a compressor skid frame that is bound for the Ohio Shale project. Manufacturing companies such as Specialty Fab could receive tax breaks if a proposal from the Obama administration goes through.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

The White House says restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential part of getting the economy back on track.

GOP candidate Rick Santorum wants to see tax breaks for manufacturing companies, and the Obama administration proposed something similar last week. But economists say tax breaks may not be the best way to help manufacturers right now.

Over the years, the steady loss of good factory jobs is a big reason why wages have stagnated for people who never went to college, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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3:40am

Mon March 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Inconsistency: The Real Hobgoblin

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 4:03 am

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney clashed often during Wednesday's GOP debate.
Jae C. Hong AP

This campaign season, inconsistency seems to be, well, almost everywhere. Each flip-flopping politician revels in pointing out the flip-flopping ways of his opponents.

Why are politicians and those of us who vote for them so obsessed with inconsistency? We take that question on from three angles: how our brains are wired; the psychology of judging what's consistent; and how consistency plays out in leadership styles.

Jon Hamilton: Why Our Brains Hate A Flip-Flopper

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12:10am

Mon March 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Pension Records for Confederates Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. - James E.  Carlton of Lawrenceburg was 24 years old when he enlisted in the 5th Kentucky Cavalry of the Confederate States Army.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee in 1863 at the Battle of Lebanon, but served until the end of the war.

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12:01am

Mon March 5, 2012
Around the Nation

Districts Still Unsettled As New York Primary Nears

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:51 am

Pedestrians walk along a section of Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. The neighborhood is part of an area targeted for congressional redistricting, but the process is still dragging on as the state's primary draws near.
Bebeto Matthews AP

By now, most states around the country have redrawn their political boundaries based on the 2010 census — and then there's New York.

For voters in the Forest Hills section of Queens, it has been rough. A year ago, they were represented by Democrat Anthony Weiner, who tweeted his way to infamy. Now, they're represented by Republican Bob Turner, who won a special election after Weiner resigned.

Right now, nobody even knows what district they're in.

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11:58pm

Sun March 4, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Scenes of Destruction in Henryville

In southern Indiana, emergency workers are turning their attention toward clean-up after tornadoes slammed parts of three counties on Friday. In the Clark County town of Henryville the job is unimaginably huge. On the road to Henryville, you pass semi trucks and school buses turned over. A gas station is totally obliterated. And downtown, things aren’t any better. Houses and businesses were destroyed by last week’s tornado, and the Henryville combined elementary, junior and senior high school is in ruins.

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11:50pm

Sun March 4, 2012
The Commonwealth

Beshear Seeks Disaster Declaration

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the federal government for an expedited disaster declarion in the wake of the deadly storms that tore across the commonwealth Friday. Beshear’s office announced the disaster declaration request this afternoon:

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9:19pm

Sun March 4, 2012
Music News

Jazzercizing To 'It's Raining Men'? Hallelujah!

Jazzercizers in action.
Jazzercize, Inc.

5:03pm

Sun March 4, 2012
Presidential Race

1 Of Tuesday's 10: GOP Candidates Vie For Ohio Bump

Republican presidential candidate, former US Senator Rick Santorum speaks to the Lake County Republican Party during their Lincoln Day dinner in Willoughby, Ohio on Friday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Ohio is one of 10 states holding contests to pick their party's presidential nominee on Super Tuesday, but it has been the main focus of attention for GOP candidates because it will be a major battleground state in the general election this November.

The conventional wisdom has been that whoever takes Ohio in the general election goes on to win the White House, which gives Tuesday's contest a lot of potential momentum for the eventual winner.

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