Fri March 2, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Beshear Declares Statewide Emergency; Damage Reported in West Liberty

Kentucky State police in Morehead on Friday said they had received reports of tornado damage in West Liberty. The National Weather Service in Jackson said it had received unconfirmed reports of major damage and possibility fatalities there.State police in Morehead said they had received reports of a tornado causing damage in West Liberty. The Morgan County town, about 80 miles east of Lexington, was severely damaged by a storm on Wednesday. The most serious damage occurred at the Country Carpet outlet, which lost its roof. Damage Wednesday mainly was centered in an area along U.S. 460 and Ky. 191 west of town.  To learn the latest on tornado, storm and flood warnings and watches, click here.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Storms And Tornadoes Lash Eastern U.S.



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Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
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General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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Fri March 2, 2012
Middle East

U.S. To Israel: Iran Is Feeling Heat From Sanctions

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 8:41 am

The White House meeting next Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be the most critical encounter for the two men since they took office.

Netanyahu is expected to argue that time is running out on efforts to discourage Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Obama may say the Israelis can count on U.S. support, but that they should give sanctions and diplomacy time to work before turning to military action.

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Fri March 2, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tornado Takes Down Fire Station, Kills Five in Indiana

An apparent tornado demolished a volunteer fire department station in the Trimble County community of Milton on Friday afternoon. Further north in Henryville, Indiana, in northern Clark County, there is widespread damage. Henryville High School, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville, is basically gone. The station reports five fatalities so far in Indiana. Baseball-sized hail was reported in Henryville. Back in Kentucky, Greensburg and Campbellsville are in the path of an approaching thunderstorm. WAVE-TV is reporting that drier air is now moving into Kentucky and areas north of the Western Kentucky and Blue Grass parkways are probably in the clear from receiving further severe weather today. But areas in southeast Kentucky are still in a potentially dangerous areas of the state. Storms are now approaching Barren County, according to WAVE-TV.

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Fri March 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Santorum, Romney Vie For 'Center Of The Political Universe': Ohio

Rick Santorum speaks Friday in Chillicothe, Ohio.
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Republicans in 10 states will vote on Super Tuesday next week, and the general election battleground state of Ohio may be the most coveted prize.

NPR's Don Gonyea reports that both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are pushing hard for the state, where 63 delegates are at stake.

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Fri March 2, 2012

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 5:46 pm

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
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One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Widespread Tornadoes Across Tennessee And Ohio Valleys Leave Three Dead

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:59 am

Stanley Nelson looks at what is left of his home after a possible tornado hit the Canebrake subdivision on Friday in Athens, Ala.
Butch Dill AP

Yet another line of extreme weather is cutting across a wide swath of the country today. On Wednesday, tornadoes pounded some of the same areas and caused 13 deaths.

The AP reports that 14 people have been killed in southern Indiana. (Keep in mind that in these situations, this number is bound to change.)

RTV 6 in Indianapolis reports that authorities are still trying to get a handle on the damage.

The local station reports:

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Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Mine Safety Officials Ditched Safety Citation Fearing Congressional Scrutiny

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 7:25 pm

NPR has obtained a report from the Inspector General of the Labor Department that describes an incident last year in which the nation's coal mine safety chief and agency lawyers withdrew a legitimate safety citation and order "not based upon the merits" but "to avoid the appearance of retaliation and possible Congressional scrutiny."

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