Mon March 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

Paul Opposes Federal Tornado Relief

Standing by his libertarian principles, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul reiterated his opposition to the Federal Emergency Management Agency when he said victims of the deadly tornadoes that hit Kentucky should not receive federal aid. Last week, a series of storms across the South and Midwest caused injury, property damage and killed dozens, including small towns in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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Mon March 5, 2012
The Message Machine

SuperPAC Ads Fill Airwaves On Eve Of Super Tuesday

Restore Our Future, the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney, is running negative ads about Newt Gingrich in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6, 2012.
Restore Our Future

With 10 states holding Republican primaries or caucuses on March 6 — Super Tuesday — a lot of money is being spent on TV ads. The superPACs supporting the remaining GOP candidates have doled out some $12 million for ads in those states.

Leading the way is Restore Our Future, the superPAC that backs former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. According to Federal Election Commission numbers, Restore Our Future has spent $6.9 million on the Super Tuesday states.

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Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

KSP Collect Storm Relief Items

While the Red Cross and other relief agencies concentrate on fundraising on behalf of storm relief efforts, Kentucky State Police are collecting all manner of supplies to aid in the cleanup and recovery across the Commonwealth. KSP spokesman, Lieutenant David Jude says all 16 posts have been designated as drop-off areas where people can donate badly needed items.

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Mon March 5, 2012
Science and Tech

First Artificial Heart Implant in KY

Zack Poe, Kentucky's first Total Artificial Heart recipient, poses with the Freedom Driver, a portable driver that powers the heart.
UK Healthcare

Doctors in Lexington have successfully implanted an artificial heart, marking the first time the procedure was performed in Kentucky. The SynCardia Freedom Driver beats a steady rhythm that’s keeping 20-year-old Zack Poe alive. It powers the Total Artificial Heart doctors implanted in February. “The device is a polyurethane device. It has two pumps, each driven by its own drive line, and it has four mechanical valves," says Dr. Mark Plunkett, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky.

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Mon March 5, 2012
State Capitol

House Unveils Budget Plan Changes

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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Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tornado Relief Efforts Organized

Some individuals and organizations are focused on helping their fellow Kentucky residents recover from deadly weather that hit Eastern Kentucky on Friday. Central Kentucky was largely spared from the destructive force of the tornadoes that killed at least 21 people and injured hundreds more in Morgan, Menifee and other counties, but Kelly Votaw of Harrodsburg has first-hand experience with the aftermath of the devastating weather events. She was part of a group that went to Joplin, Mo., last year to help with the massive recovery effort there and is currently working from the list of items that were needed there in the immediate aftermath.


Mon March 5, 2012
Middle East

Atomic Energy Chief: Iran Hasn't Resolved Questions

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 6:18 pm

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, says Iran has not provided answers to a number of questions about its nuclear program. Amano spoke at a news conference after meeting with the board of governors of the IAEA at its headquarters in Vienna.
Ronald Zak AP

The troubled relationship between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency doesn't appear to be getting any better.

Back in February, senior agency delegations traveled twice to Iran to clarify its concerns about possible nuclear weapons work.

And on Monday, the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, said Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation that would allow the agency to give credible assurances that Iran's nuclear work is entirely peaceful.

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Vicki Barker was UPR's Moab correspondent from 2011 - 2012.

A native of Moab, she started working in radio as a teenager and earned a degree at Utah State University-Logan in broadcast performance and management. She worked as a news reporter and feature writer for radio and publications throughout the intermountain area and also worked in the national parks, in outdoor environmental education, and as an editor.

Vicki passed away in April 2012 and has left a void on UPR where her voice used to be.


Mon March 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Caucus Confusion: A Recurring Headache For GOP

A voter, right, figures out his precinct with the help of a caucus worker as he arrives to vote at a caucus site in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Feb. 7.
Eric Miller Reuters /Landov

For the first time, Idaho Republicans are holding presidential preference caucuses on Tuesday. Jonathan Parker, the state party's executive director, is excited about the chance to hold party-building exercises on such a broad scale.

"For the first time, maybe ever, Idaho is relevant in the nominating process," he says.

But as much as he relishes the attention — Mitt Romney held a rally in Idaho Falls last Thursday — Parker worries that the state GOP could generate the wrong kind of publicity.

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Mon March 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Concussion Symptoms Can Linger In Kids

Kids who injured their heads were more likely to have lingering cognitive problems than those who broke limbs.
Stephan Zabel iStockphoto.com

Concussions are not kids stuff.

Even a pretty small knock to a child's head can lead to problems for months afterward, a new study finds.

Researchers charted the progress of more than 250 kids admitted to two hospitals for either mild traumatic brain injuries or broken bones in an arm or leg.

The kids who had brain injuries — especially ones that led to unconsciousness or visible changes on MRI scans — were more likely than the others to have headaches, tiredness and trouble thinking a year after being seen at the hospitals.

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