8:45am

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 12,000 Last Week

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 12,000 last week, to 367,000 from 379,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

The agency also said that "the 4-week moving average was 375,750, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 377,750."

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8:20am

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Easily Clears Key Hurdle In Washington State

Sen. Ed Murray, D,, left, and his partner Michael Shiosaka wave at spectators in the upper gallery after the Washington state Senate voted for a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.
Elaine Thompson AP

"In the end, it wasn't even close," The Seattle Times writes this morning.

By a 28-21 vote early Wednesday evening, the Washington State Senate approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state.

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7:50am

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Anger, Blame And Protests In Egypt After Deadly Soccer Riot

Fans rushed on to the field Wednesday after the soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.
AFP/Getty Images

The tragic riot following a soccer game Wednesday in Port Said, Egypt, which left more than 70 people dead and at least 1,000 wounded, "highlights the problems with security in this country," NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson said earlier today in a conversation with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

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7:22am

Thu February 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Expansion of Drug Treatment in Medicaid Proposed

Kentucky’s epidemic of substance abuse has officials seeking new methods for breaking the cycle of addiction.  One such approach is built into a spending plan for Medicaid.  The  governor's proposal could provide drug treatment for the first time for adults in the Medicaid program.  The item is included in Governor Beshear's budget plan.

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7:10am

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Six More Weeks Of Winter

Punxsutawney Phil and his buddies earlier today.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Breaking "news" at 7:27 a.m. ET: Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter. He saw "many shadows."

Our original post:

It's that time again.

Time for Americans to pause and watch as a Pennsylvania groundhog supposedly tells us whether we will or won't have six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil is due to emerge from his "burrow" at 7:20 a.m ET.

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7:00am

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Ferry Sinks Off Papua New Guinea: 200+ Rescued, But 100+ Missing

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 7:17 am

Two life rafts from the MV Rabaul Queen, seen from a helicopter, float in the open waters off Papua New Guinea's east coast, earlier today (Feb. 2, 2012).
AP

"Rescuers have plucked 238 survivors from waters off Papua New Guinea after a ferry carrying up to 350 people sank," officials tell The Australian. The newspaper adds that officials say it's too early to declare whether the vessel was overloaded and what caused the disaster.

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6:28am

Thu February 2, 2012
Education

Charter Schools Raise Questions

Bill Goodman, KET
Kentucky Educational Television

On Kentucky Tonight, we sometimes address complicated subjects, raising questions rather than providing answers. On some Monday nights, I leave my desk wondering whether we have dealt with the issue well enough so that Kentuckians can make intelligent decisions. New education issues cropped up this year—whether or not the University of Pikeville, a private institution, should be supported by state higher education dollars, thus becoming a public university; and the controversial subject of charter schools.

5:01am

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Blames ATF Agents For Botched Gun-Trafficking Operation

A report by congressional Republicans places new blame for the botched gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious at the feet of federal agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who failed to share information and coordinate with sister law enforcement agencies.

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12:01am

Thu February 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 9:04 pm

Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Recruiting doctors to live and work in rural America is a chronic problem. Most health centers try to attract workers with big salaries and expensive homes.

Shots previously reported that one center in Maine was trying to lure medical students to the countryside for their final two years with the hope that they stick around.

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12:01am

Thu February 2, 2012
Digital Life

Zynga CEO Wants To Bring Playtime To The Masses

Mark Pincus is the CEO of Zynga, the largest maker of games on Facebook. Right now 1 billion people play games online. Pincus wants to see that number double in five years, and wants his company to grab a larger market share.
AP

Ever harvested crops on FarmVille or laid down a triple-point Q on the Scrabble knockoff Words With Friends? Then you've spent time with Zynga, the largest maker of Facebook games.

Armed with cash and a massive database of user habits, Zynga's CEO Mark Pincus wants to expand the universe of digital game players from sci-fi geeks to soccer moms and their kids.

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