2:04pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Autism Rates Jump Again, As Diagnosis Improves

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 9:28 pm

Some children with autism have trouble speaking, and use images to help communicate.
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The number of children diagnosed with autism jumped 23 percent between 2006 and 2008, according to the latest federal estimate.

Now, 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with autism, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rapid rise prompted calls to declare the developmental disorder an epidemic. "This is a national emergency in need of a national plan," Mark Roithmayr, president of the advocacy group Autism Speaks, said at a CDC media briefing Thursday.

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2:02pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

After Controversy, Toulouse Gunman Buried In France

Originally published on Sun April 1, 2012 9:33 am

A sign on the ground marks the place for municipal workers to dig in Cornebarrieu cemetery, a Toulouse suburb in southwestern France.
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At first, his family wanted the body of Mohamed Merah sent back to Algeria. Then after the country refused Merah's body, French authorities settled on burying him in Toulouse, where he was suspected of killing seven before he was shot and killed after a two-day siege of his apartment.

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2:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Key Moments As Trayvon Martin's Story Went Viral

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 2:10 pm

Part of the awareness raising effort: the Justice for Trayvon Martin page on Facebook.
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What moved Trayvon Martin's Feb. 26 death from a local story to a national tale that has sparked a discussion about racial profiling and race relations?

Social media played a critical role. And there were key moments along the way.

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1:49pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Education

Coal County Kids Get College Scholarships

A scholarship program intended to serve college students in far eastern Kentucky has been expanded. What was originally called the Appalachian Scholarship Fund has been expanded to all coal-producing counties in Kentucky, including those in the western portion of the state. The program applies to students in the last two years of their education who attend a university, public or private, in a coal-producing county.

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1:47pm

Thu March 29, 2012
State Capitol

No Expansion of Preschools Budgeted

An effort by Governor Steve Beshear to expand preschool services in the Commonwealth did not make it into the final state budget. Beshear put a $15 million appropriation for preschool in his budget proposal. The House cut that figure in half and funded other education programs with what was left. The Senate struck all the money, saying it wouldn't be right to expand some programs while slashing others.

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1:06pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Earl Scruggs: The 2003 Fresh Air Interview

Earl Scruggs onstage in 2007.
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Banjo player Earl Scruggs, who helped shape the sound of American bluegrass music, died Wednesday. He was 88 years old.

Scruggs' name is almost synonymous with the banjo — and for good reason. He helped pioneer bluegrass music with his three-finger style of banjo picking, a technique now known as "Scruggs style."

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1:02pm

Thu March 29, 2012
All Tech Considered

Using An App To Report Injured Wildlife

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 1:04 pm

A rescued bobcat waits to be fed at a wild animal sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo.
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If you find an injured bird in your back yard, do you know who to call? The Boulder, Colo., group Animal Watch has developed a free iPhone and iPad application and a website called AnimalHelpNow designed to assist with such an emergency. The app and site only work for locations in Colorado, but its developers hope to expand the program nationally.

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12:55pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Gingrich Is 'At The End Of His Line' Says His Biggest Financial Supporter

Sheldon Adelson.
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  • NPR's Peter Overby, during the noon ET Newscast

Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas billionaire who along with his wife has used a superPAC to pour about $15 million worth of support behind Newt Gingrich's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, told reporters earlier this week that the former House speaker's campaign appears to be "at the end of his line."

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12:55pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Like The U.S., Europe Wrestles With Health Care

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 3:57 pm

A patient is treated at the Nord Hospital in Marseille, France, in February. European countries have also been engaged in intense debates on the future of their health care systems, where universal coverage is the norm.
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The U.S. has been absorbed by the Supreme Court case this week on the future of health care. But Americans are not alone.

Several European nations, where universal health care has been the norm for decades, have been waging their own intense debates as they also deal with aging populations and rising costs.

Britain passed a new health care measure earlier this month, after more than a year of rancorous debate. Can the European experience cast some light on the American debate over health care?

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12:44pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Study: Conservatives' Trust In Science At Record Low

Elizabeth Burrows of LaGrange, Kentucky, walks with her children, as they tour the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The privately funded museum exhibits the Earth's history according to the Bible.
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While trust in science has remained flat for most Americans, a new study finds that for those who identify as conservatives trust in science has plummeted to its lowest level since 1974.

Gordon Gauchat, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studied data from the General Social Survey and found that changes in confidence in science are not uniform across all groups.

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