Fri March 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Ohio Poll: Santorum, Romney Tied Days Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 1:14 pm

Mitt Romney at a town-hall style meeting in Bexley, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
Gerald Herbert AP

If Rick Santorum has a lead on Mitt Romney in Ohio, it looks like it's not much of one. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Santorum leading Romney by four percentage points, 35 percent to 31 percent.

With the margin of error at +/-4.3 points, the two top rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are essentially tied just days before Super Tuesday when voters in Ohio and nine other states take part in the presidential primary process.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

To Protect Children From Lead, Fix Pregnant Women's Homes

Old windows are a big source of lead contamination.

Children are diagnosed with lead exposure only when their health is already endangered. Wouldn't it be better to prevent that danger instead? That's the goal of a project in the city of St. Louis that tests the homes of pregnant women and removes dangerous lead before babies were born.

That SWAT-team approach can reduce children's exposure to toxic lead, according to a new study.

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Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Yelp Surprises Investors, As It Soars In Wall Street Debut

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 4:21 pm

Jeremy Stoppelman, second from right, Yelp co-founder and CEO, gets a high-five during opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.
Richard Drew AP

Yelp surprised analysts today during its first hours of trading as a public company.

As the Seattle PI puts it, the user-review company's shares soared by as much as 60 percent in early trading. The stock opened at $22.01 a share and has hit a high of $25.10.

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Fri March 2, 2012

Invisible Crisis In World's Newest Country?

South Sudan gained independence in 2011, but it has been locked in a bitter conflict with its northern neighbor. Rep. Frank Wolf (R.-Va.) just returned from the area. He talks with host Michel Martin about what some observers are calling a humanitarian crisis, and what the U.S. can do to help.


Fri March 2, 2012
State Capitol

Meth Crack Down Bill Okayed by Senate

A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug. Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two grams per month—or the equivalent of two boxes of medicine. Previously the bill had been prescription only, then limited over-the-counter purchase to three point six grams a month.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Lorax': A Campy And Whimsical Seussical

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 1:02 pm

The Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) and the Lorax (Danny DeVito) are surrounded by bar-ba-loots in Truffula Valley in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Universal Pictures

At the far end of town
Where the Grickle-grass grows
And the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows
And no birds ever sing excepting old crows ...
Is the Street of the Lifted Lorax.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Author Interviews

Frank Calabrese Jr. On Opening His 'Family Secrets'

This interview was originally broadcast on March 14, 2011. Operation Family Secrets is now available in paperback.

When Frank Calabrese Jr. was a teenager, his father came home one night and took him into the bathroom for a chat.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Kentuckians at War

US Defense Secretary says Sacrifices Necessary

Devin Katayama Kentucky Public Radio

The U.S. Secretary of Defense says the country has made a turning point in its military history, including a new defense strategy with $487 billion of spending cuts; but he says it’ll take more sacrifice to maintain the U.S. position as a global leader. Panetta addressed an audience over 1,000 at the University of Louisville’s Papa John Stadium Thursday night. This was the first visit from a sitting Defense Secretary to U of L’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership lecture series.

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Fri March 2, 2012

Public Inspects CentrePointe Design

LEXINGTON, Ky.  Local residents weighed in on the latest CentrePointe design Thursday at a public meeting for the downtown development. EOP Architects and developers from The Webb Companies showed off renderings for a high-rise hotel with smaller adjacent buildings for retail space and apartments. "It's interesting," said Joesph Hernandez, one of the 200 people at the meeting. "My concerns are still with traffic downtown and the parking situation."

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Fri March 2, 2012
State Capitol

Child Abuse Panel Would Meet in Secret

An independent panel of experts would examine the deaths of abused and neglected children in Kentucky under a proposal approved unanimously Thursday by a House committee. The independent child-fatality review panel would make recommendations to the state about how to improve its child-protection system, but the group's meetings would be closed to the public, and its documents would remain secret. Jon Fleischaker, a lawyer for the Kentucky Press Association, objected to the secrecy of the panel, saying there was no accountability to the public.

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