10:00am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: 'Explosive' Growth Of 'Patriot Movement' And Militias Continues

"Patriot movement groups" in red. Militias — armed wings of such organizations — in gray.
Southern Poverty Law Center

An enormous surge in the number of groups that "see the federal government as their primary enemy" and in some cases have militias as their "armed wings" continues, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports today.

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9:49am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Salt

The Secret To Glowing (Yellow) Skin? Eat Your Fruits And Veggies

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 11:01 am

Carrots and other veggies give skin a slight yellow tone that people think looks healthy and attractive.
iStockphoto.com

We know that fruits and vegetables do us all kinds of good. But evidently they also give us a healthful glow — by tinting our skin yellow and red.

People's skin color changed in just six weeks when they increased their fruit and vegetable consumption, according to researchers in Scotland who compared eating habits to skin tone.

And while the cosmetics industry might have you believe that rouge is the ideal cheek color, this study found that another hue rated more healthful and attractive: yellow.

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8:55am

Thu March 8, 2012

8:35am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rise By 8,000

There were 362,000 first-time clams for unemployment insurance last week, up 8,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That means the number of claims has moved up slightly, but remains around the lowest level since this time four years ago.

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7:45am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

In Video, Man Said To Be Syrian Oil Ministry Official Says He's Defecting

  • Kelly McEvers on 'Morning Edition'

As we've relearned from the overthrows of oppressive leaders in Libya and Egypt, among the signs to watch for when looking or evidence of cracks in such regimes are defections and transfers of money out of the country by a dictator's cronies.

Today:

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7:15am

Thu March 8, 2012
Around the Nation

California Teacher Moonlights As Porn Star

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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7:08am

Thu March 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Indiana Legislature Votes On Official State Gun

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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7:00am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

House Expected To OK Jobs Bill In 'Rare Agreement' With Obama

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 2:01 pm

Sometimes bipartisanship does shine down on the Capitol.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 1:55 p.m. ET. The House Passes JOBS Act:

Saying that it shows the federal legislature can work in a bipartisan fashion, the Republican-controlled House passed the JOBS Act, which was supported by President Obama.

"It is a welcome sign that we can put our differences aside and work together to produce results to help boost the economy and get people back to work," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, according to the AP.

The bill was passed with a vote of 390-23.

Our Original Post Continues:

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5:24am

Thu March 8, 2012
State Capitol

House Budget Passes

Two year budgets for all three branches of state government have now passed one chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly.  The House spent more than an hour debating the details of the executive, legislative and judicial budgets before easily passing all three.  They also passed a bill creating a tax amnesty program that Governor Steve Beshear requested.  The House did slightly change Beshear’s original executive budget. And lawmakers also cut the legislative and judicial budgets by eight point four percent.

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5:22am

Thu March 8, 2012
State Capitol

Tax Commission Alternative Proposed

One Republican senator is making his displeasure with Governor Steve Beshear’s tax commission known.
Senator Jack Westwood has filed a bill for the second year in a row setting up a new commission to completely rewrite Kentucky’s tax code.  Westwood says he filed the bill again because he’s unhappy with the make-up of the governor’s commission, which includes few economists and tax professionals

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