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Fri January 20, 2012

8:46am

Fri January 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Disuption in Pill Pipeline

There is still a lot of work to do, but the Florida Attorney General says the "pill pipeline" between her state and Kentucky has been significantly reduced thanks to tougher regulations and the launch of a prescription monitoring program. Pam Bondi spoke in Lexington Thursday at a conference on prescription drug abuse.
"We've been going around the state training law enforcement in what to look for in these drug cases, and you wouldn't believe the number of doctors and nurses who are showing up to our training sessions. So there are so many responsible doctors and dentists who want to know what to look for and want to do the right thing.

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8:43am

Fri January 20, 2012
State Capitol

Former State Ag Commissioner Returns Some Equipment

Some of the Department of Agriculture’s unaccounted for state property has turned up, including equipment issued to former commissioner Richie Farmer.  It was previously reported that nearly $500,000 worth of state property was either missing or unaccounted for. This was partly blamed on poor record keeping by the department, but certain records showed Farmer still had several pieces of equipment, including laptop computers and GPS units.

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8:41am

Fri January 20, 2012
State Capitol

State Ag Commissioner on Industrial Hemp

New Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has made industrial hemp his first legislative priority.
Comer, a Republican, has enlisted the help of two Democratic representatives and one Democratic senator to file a bill to legalize the crop in each chamber. A former state representative himself, Comer says many myths about industrial hemp are starting to fade, and farmers are looking to it as a replacement for tobacco, which is waning.

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8:35am

Fri January 20, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Obama Sings In Harlem; Channels A Little Al Green

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 8:38 am

President Obama at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem on Thursday (Jan. 19, 2012).
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images
  • President Obama sings a little bit

7:55am

Fri January 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Killings Of U.S., Allied Troops By Afghan Soldiers Is On The Rise

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 8:22 am

U.S. troops and Afghan National Army soldiers on a joint security patrol in Kandahar province last August.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

"Four International Security Assistance Force service members were killed today in eastern Afghanistan by a member of the Afghan National Army," the NATO-led military command in Kabul reports.

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7:20am

Fri January 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Four Headlines From Thursday's GOP Debate

Newt Gingrich (right) responds to a question a question about things one of his ex-wives said about their marriage during last night's debate in South Carolina. Mitt Romney, looks on.
John Moore Getty Images

While others analyze what Thursday's GOP presidential debate does or doesn't tell us about what may or may not happen Saturday when South Carolina Republicans hold their primary, here's the top news from that four-man clash in Charleston:

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7:09am

Fri January 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Law Enforcement 'Tests' Accuracy Of Breathalyzer

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement faced accusations that a breathalyzer was giving inaccurate readings. So it commissioned a study. Fifteen employees consumed more than $300 worth of whiskey, mixers and Doritos, and then used the breathalyzer. Judges are considering whether the study was legitimate.

6:59am

Fri January 20, 2012
Europe

British Judge Recruits Pedestrians For Jury Duty

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 5:03 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

(POST-BROADCAST CLARIFICATION: This story takes place in London, Ontario.] Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Londoners hoping to avoid jury duty ought not to walk too close to the courthouse. A frustrated judge there recently exercised a little-known power: sending police into the street to rustle up jurors.

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4:00am

Fri January 20, 2012
Politics

As 'Citizens United' Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 1:28 pm

Dozens of televisions display a political advertisement with the image of GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich at a store in Urbandale, Iowa, on Dec. 27. Republican candidates and their superPACs have spent millions on television and radio ads.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Saturday is South Carolina's Republican presidential primary. It's also the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's famous Citizens United decision.

That's the case that allows corporations to explicitly support or attack specific candidates. The day will be marked with attack ads — and protests.

The Republican presidential race has covered just three states so far. And superPACs linked to candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have spent a total of $20 million. They're feeding voters a heavy diet of negativity.

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