Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talk to NPR correspondents covering the New Hampshire primary. NPR's Don Gonyea is covering the campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. NPR's Robert Smith is covering the campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul. NPR's Tovia Smith is covering the campaign of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. And NPR's Andrea Seabrook is covering the campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday testing the constitutionality of a Bush-era regulation that allows the Federal Communications Commission to punish broadcasters with stiff fines for the fleeting use of vulgar language or nude images. The FCC's rule applies only to radio and over-the-air TV networks — like Fox, ABC, NBC and PBS — but not to cable TV.
More than half of states had forced sterilization programs at one time, but few were as aggressive as North Carolina's. Some 7,600 men, women and children were sterilized by that state's eugenics board up to the mid 1970s. Sterilization was seen as a way to control welfare costs and improve the caliber of the population. Well, today, a task force in North Carolina took a step toward becoming the only state to offer compensation to eugenics victims.
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A constitutional amendment dealing with expanded gambling in Kentucky could come before the General Assembly as early as this week, state Sen. R.J. Palmer II, D-Winchester, said. “I think the people of the commonwealth have made it pretty clear that they are ready to vote on this issue. There has to be a constitutional amendment passed by the General Assembly before it can be voted on by the people of the state,” Palmer said. Currently, Palmer is working on a draft of an amendment that he hopes to sponsor, getting input from Republicans, gambling industry insiders and the governor.
Danville City Commission signed off on a brochure Monday that will be used to attract candidates for city manager, but the actual hire likely is still months away. The City Commission voted unanimously to approve the informational packet compiled by the Mercer Group, an Atlanta search firm the city hired in November for $7,500 to advertise the position and pass along a slate of 10 applicants.
In Israel, it might become a crime to use Nazi comparisons to criticize someone. As the AP puts it, a bill under consideration by parliament would "would impose penalties of up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine for using the word 'Nazi' or Holocaust symbols for purposes other than teaching, documentation or research."