4:00am

Wed March 7, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Wins Ohio, A Pivotal Battleground State

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 6:37 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Perhaps it's fitting that the state that kept everyone up late last night, waiting for results, was Ohio. It's a swing state, and it seems every four years, in the fall, Ohio becomes the center of attention in a presidential election.

This year, as NPR's Tamara Keith reports, it just happened a little earlier.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Talk to Ohio voters - Republicans and Democrats alike - and there's one issue that rises above all the others.

MARVIN HAYWOOD: Number one: our economy.

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4:00am

Wed March 7, 2012
NPR Story

Stanford Convicted In $7 Billion Ponzi Scheme

In Houston Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Texas financier R. Allen Stanford of running a massive Ponzi scheme. Jurors agreed with prosecutors, who claimed he ran a global scheme that lasted more than 20 years and involved more than $7 billion in investments.

4:00am

Wed March 7, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

Another year of growth was enough to edge Brazil past the stagnant United Kingdom in global economic rankings. Agriculture and food processing were the big areas of growth for Brazil.

4:00am

Wed March 7, 2012
NPR Story

Boulder Gathers No Moss On It Way To LA

Renee Montagne talks to Terry Emmert, who's in charge of transporting a 340 ton granite boulder to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it will be featured in a modern art exhibit.

12:50am

Wed March 7, 2012
It's All Politics

In Ohio, Kaptur Beats Kucinich; Schmidt Upset By Wenstrup

Rep. Dennis Kucinich thanks his wife Elizabeth during his concession speech, Cleveland, OH, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
Amy Sancetta AP

The race between two veteran Ohio Democrats, Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Rep. Dennis Kucinich who were redistricted into the same congressional district ended badly for Kucinich who lost to his fellow House Democrat.

Meanwhile, the House Republican Conference will lose Rep. Jean Schmidt, who was defeated by Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist and Iraq War veteran, in an upset.

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12:01am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Salt

Coca-Cola Modifies Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning Label

Coca-Cola says the caramel coloring in its signature soda has always been safe.
OmerSukruGoksu iStockphoto.com

When the state of California added the compound 4-methylimidazole, also known as 4-MI or 4-MEI, to its list of known carcinogens in 2011, it created a problem for the soda industry.

The caramel color they used to give colas that distinctive, brown hue contained levels of 4-MI that would have warranted a cancer warning label on every can sold in the state.

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12:01am

Wed March 7, 2012
Europe

Remaking Russia's Military: Big Plans, Few Results

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:23 am

Russian tanks drive through Moscow's Red Square during a military parade in May 2011, in commemoration of the end of World War II. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has called for revamping Russia's military for years, but the results have been limited.
Dmitry Kostyukov AFP/Getty Images

Every May, Russia displays its military might in a parade on Victory Day, commemorating the surrender of the Nazis to the Soviet Union in World War II.

The marching men and rolling tanks put on an impressive show, but Russia's military, and especially its defense industry, has fallen on hard times.

"The industry, much like other parts of the economy, hasn't seen proper investment for over a decade, if not more," says Lilit Gevorgyan, a Russia analyst for the defense industry consultant IHS Jane's.

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12:01am

Wed March 7, 2012
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Political Change-Makers

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:27 pm

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses supporters in Myitkyina on Feb. 24.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call "Word of Mouth." This month, Brown selects two pieces of writing profiling individuals at the center of political change in their respective countries.

A Penetrating New Profile Of Russia's Putin

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12:01am

Wed March 7, 2012
Energy

Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach?

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 8:17 pm

A worker hangs from an oil derrick near Williston, N.D. The state now produces 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and production continues to rise.
Gregory Bull AP

Rising gas prices have been the big energy story of the past several weeks. But many energy experts say that's a sideshow compared with the really big energy event — the huge boom in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. that could help the nation reach the elusive goal of energy independence.

Since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, energy independence has been a Holy Grail for virtually every American president from Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama.

But now, it might just be within reach.

The Shale Gale

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Wed March 7, 2012
Sweetness And Light

What Baseball Really Needs: Mr. Personality

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 7:36 am

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine watches over a baseball spring training workout.
David Goldman AP

Coaches and managers, as a group, have always been pretty straightforward types. We don't think of generals or preachers as humorists — and, after all, that's pretty much what coaches are, a hybrid of the military and the pulpit.

But at least in the past, there were always a fair complement of coaching characters: old cracker-barrel philosophers, feisty wise guys and even a few sardonic intellectuals.

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