Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, amid journalists in Newton, Mass., after announcing Monday he won't seek reelection next year.
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Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank says he decided not to seek re-election to a 17th term in 2012 because congressional redistricting would have given him a slew of new constituents and a difficult, expensive campaign.
"I think I would have won," Frank, 71, said during a Monday press conference in Massachusetts announcing his retirement. "But it would have been a tough campaign."
Added Frank, who has led financial reform efforts on Capitol Hill: "I don't like raising money."
Egyptian voters in Cairo, Alexandria and several other major cities are voting Monday in the first stage of the country's parliamentary election. Turn out is heavy and so far there has been no major violence. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.
Smart electric meters are being installed in homes across the country. The wireless devices replace old meters and transmit electricity usage data wirelessly to utilities. But there are concerns about accuracy and safety. Guy Raz talks to David Baker, energy reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, for more.
Lori Gooding worked with spina bifida patient Joshua Divens during a music therapy session at Kentucky Children's Hospital.
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A clinical music therapist at UK's Chandler Hospital is taking her expertise to the classroom with the launch of a new graduate program. Dr. Lori Gooding uses singing and her guitar to help her patients reduce pain and anxiety.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is resuming its attack ads against U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., blaming the central Kentucky congressman for the woeful economy by supporting President Obama’s jobs plan.
Hundreds drive past it everyday, perhaps taking for granted the stately old brick house that once welcomed visitors like Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt. Sitting on the corner of High and Clinton, Kentucky’s original Governor’s Mansion appears as just another historic structure relegated to another day and time. But many consider it one of Kentucky’s most beloved treasures. There are even those who cherish the commonwealth’s first governor’s mansion. They have given time and money to ensure it is still accessible for lovers of Kentucky history.
Kentucky folk culture is more than tobacco farmers and fiddle players to Bob Gates. It’s the Puerto Rican barber in Louisville who cuts designs in the hair of young patrons. It’s the skilled group of Rolley-Hole marble players in Monroe County who’ve won numerous national tournaments in the offbeat sport. It’s also the demolition derby driver in Bellepoint who rises early on warm summer mornings to prepare his clunker for the Franklin County Fair’s annual battle royal. Bob Gates, director of the state’s folklife program, sees folk culture as the fabric that makes up our everyday lives and, collectively, Kentucky’s heritage.
When fingers started pointing, David Kleckner started worrying. Guests at a Keeneland buyers’ dinner were sampling lamb legs with his homemade barbecue sauce for the first time and fidgeting to find its creator. “They were asking about who’s responsible for the sauce,” Kleckner, 58, said. “I just thought, ‘Man, I hope nothing’s wrong.” But Kleckner’s concern dissipated as one person after another complimented his flavorful concoction and asked to buy some for themselves — by the gallon.