3:03pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

In Final Pitch To Iowa Voters, Gingrich Stresses Experience

Gingrich with one of the many pieces of farm equipment he encountered on a last-minute campaign swing through Iowa. This tractor was on display at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center on Jan. 2 in Independence, Iowa.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Newt Gingrich is making his closing arguments to voters in the Mississippi River towns of Muscatine and Burlington in advance of Tuesday's Republican party caucuses and that argument boils down to this: Gingrich is better, smarter and more experienced than the rest.

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3:00pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Iowa Holds First-In-Nation Presidential Contest

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 9:19 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. All of the attention that Iowa has gotten in the past year comes to a head tonight. Nearly 2000 precincts across that state will record the first votes in the presidential nominating contest. At most sites, Iowans will write a name on a blank piece of paper and put it in a box.

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3:00pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Iowa Caucus-Goers Discuss The GOP Field

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 9:19 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For Iowa Republicans, it's the end a yearlong getting-to-know-you process with the candidates. NPR's Sonari Glinton sat down with a group of caucus-goers to talk about how they plan to vote and how they made up their minds.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Drive due west of downtown Des Moines on I-80 and you get to Van Meter, Iowa. It's a city that has about 1,300 residents. I met up with nine of them over a few pitchers of beer on the eve of the caucuses to talk politics, the Republican field and Iowa. Hello.

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3:00pm

Tue January 3, 2012
World

Many South Koreans Seem Apathetic About The North

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 9:19 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

South Korea's president delivered this message yesterday to North Korea: It will respond strongly to any provocations under North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un. However, in a televised speech, Lee Myung-bak also promised that North-South relations could improve if Pyongyang halts its nuclear weapons program.

Reporter Doualy Xaykaothao recently hit the streets of Seoul, to find out what South Koreans think of the power shift in the north. And for many the answer is simple: They don't care.

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3:00pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Aretha Franklin Is Looking For The Next Great Star ... Of Opera

Will the Queen of Soul point the way to opera's next big talent?
Rick Diamond Getty Images

American Idol, The Sing-Off, The Voice — there's no shortage of over-the-top, glitzy, ratings-driven music competitions on TV. And now Aretha Franklin is getting in on the singing contest circuit, but she's turning her searchlight on the world of classical music. That's right — the Queen of Soul is searching for the next great opera singer.

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2:53pm

Tue January 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

WEKU Off-Air Today for Maintenance

Here's a special announcement for listeners of 88.9 in the Richmond and Lexington areas:   For some time this morning after 9 o'clock, our transmitter will be off the air due to necessary work on the transmission tower at Clay's Ferry.

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2:38pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Education

School Controversy Over Free Trips

Questions about the proper relationship between school officials and education publishing companies are at the heart of a controversy involving Jessamine County's superintendent of schools and her connections to the Pearson Foundation. According to the New York Times, Jessamine County Superintendent Lu Young took a trip to Australia in the summer of 2010 - a trip paid for by the Pearson Foundation, a non-profit wing of the country's largest education publisher, Pearson.

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2:35pm

Tue January 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Fed Will Now Forecast Interest-Rate Changes

The Federal Reserve will now tell the public its expectations for short-term interest rates. In the minutes of the Fed's Open Market Committee Dec. 13 meeting , the Fed said it would update that forecast four times a year, beginning after its Jan. 24-25 meeting.

The AP reports:

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2:34pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Asia

U.S. Keeps Pressure On Myanmar For Political Change

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 9:19 pm

Myanmar has set parliamentary by-elections for April 1, scheduling a highly anticipated vote that will return dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy to mainstream politics after two decades. Here, Suu Kyi attends a fundraising event for the party in Yangon, Myanmar, last month.
Khin Maung Win AP

One of the more surprising moments in U.S. foreign policy last year occurred when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Myanmar, long ruled by a repressive military government and shunned as a pariah nation.

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2:29pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Progress on Performing Arts Center

Brian Andrews of Kenway Construction keeps debris off the road Monday during the demolition of two buildings neighboring the new Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.
Miranda Pederson/The Daily News

Last week, the city of Bowling Green gave the go-ahead for the demolition of the People's Hardware and Supply Building. On Monday, Kenway Contracting brought the brick buildings down. First, Raybold and Sons had to remove asbestos from the buildings at 631 and 633 College St., Kenway President Kenneth Allen said. "But they got all that done and gave me the go-ahead," Allen said. "We wanted to wait and do it when there wasn't anyone in the trailers next to (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center). Since the building is two stories, you don't know what is going to happen."

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