10:45am

Tue March 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Before Leaving The Hospital, Consult Your Checklist

Checklists aren't just for doctors.
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When checking into a hospital, patients naturally worry whether their visit will go well. But leaving the hospital safely can sometimes present an even trickier challenge.

Patients are going home sooner and sicker than ever before. And without clear and comprehensive instructions about what to do after a hospital stay, they may wind up back in the hospital, or worse.

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9:52am

Tue March 6, 2012
Business

Did The Fed Help Banks While Ignoring The Risks?

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 2:05 pm

The Federal Reserve shrugged off warnings and let banks pay shareholders billions of dollars in dividends, ProPublica investigative reporter Jesse Eisinger says.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve has shrugged off warnings and let the largest U.S. financial firms pay tens of billions of dollars in dividends to shareholders, instead of putting aside money as capital in case a new financial crisis hits.

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9:49am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Minority Students Receive Harsher Punishments

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 9:53 am

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks during a forum on education at American University in Washington, Friday, March 2.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

A new report from the Education Department finds that minority students receive much harsher punishment than their white counterparts. The report finds that more than 70 percent of cases referred to police in school-related issues involved black or Hispanic students.

The AP reports:

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8:34am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Iran Says It's Ready To Allow U.N. Nuclear Inspectors To Military Site

Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency is reporting that the country is ready to allow United Nations nuclear inspectors into a military complex, where the West suspects Iran is undertaking secret nuclear work.

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7:27am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Super Tuesday: GOP Candidates In Tight Race For 437 Delegates

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a town hall meeting at Taylor Winfield in Youngstown, Ohio on Monday.
Gerald Herbert AP

In some states, polls are already open this morning. It's Super Tuesday and 10 states are scheduled to hold nominating contests. At stake are 437 delegates.

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7:17am

Tue March 6, 2012
Around the Nation

George Washington Shaped McNugget Sells On eBay

Rebekah Speight spotted the familiar profile on a McNugget left on her child's plate. After stashing it in the freezer for three years, she auctioned it off on eBay. Her church's summer camp will benefit from the winning $8,000 bid.

7:03am

Tue March 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Navy To Expand Breathalyzer Tests

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he wants personnel to adapt to the 21 century. He announced the Navy will give sailors breathalyzer tests and drug tests before they report to duty on a ship. The Marines will adapt a similar program next month.

7:02am

Tue March 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Super Tuesday: 4 Things To Watch

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 9:55 am

Ten states hold GOP nominating contests on March 6. Here a voter heads to a polling station Tuesday morning in Cambridge, Mass., where former Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to win his home state.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Super Tuesday 2012 is finally here, with Republican presidential preference contests — a mix of primaries and caucuses — occurring in 10 states from sea to shining sea.

While the 2012 race for the GOP nomination likely won't be over by Wednesday morning, it could seem far closer to being so, especially if Mitt Romney sweeps contests everywhere but, say, Georgia, where the former congressman from the Peach State, Newt Gingrich, is expected to have a good night.

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6:48am

Tue March 6, 2012
State Capitol

Kentucky House Unveils Its Budget Plan

The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process.  The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took reports from subcommittees and accepted their recommendations at a meeting today.  The House plan deviates slightly from Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal. It delays the start of substance abuse programs in Medicaid and the creation of an Adult Abuse registry, saving more than two million dollars in the process.

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4:00am

Tue March 6, 2012
Business

Airline Fares Tick Higher, More Hikes Expected

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

OK. And we all noticed rising costs at the gas pump. But those costs will also mean rising prices for airline tickets.

As NPR's Annie Baxter reports, that's already happening.

ANNIE BAXTER, BYLINE: If you've been looking for a great deal on airline tickets recently, you've probably been disappointed.

BOB MANN: Carriers have raised prices successfully twice, so far this year and that's out of four attempts. And I would expect another attempt literally within in a week.

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