1:32pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Commonwealth

Cold Front Brings Rough Weather into Commonwealth

Parents line up to pick their children up from Southern Elementary Friday afternoon after Fayette County Schools decided to close two hours early due the the threat of dangerous storms headed to the area later this afternoon.
Photo by Mark Cornelison. Lexington Herald Leader

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management is warning Kentuckians to prepare for the severe storms that will be battering the state this afternoon and evening. There’s a warm front that’s exiting the state towards the northeast, and a cold front that’s entering the state. Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel says the combination is what could cause problems this afternoon.

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1:28pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Decoding The Allure Of The Almanac

An unusually warm winter has caused many flowers and trees to begin blooming early in the northeast.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

There's been something wacky with the weather this winter, and many forecasters never saw it coming.

Among them was the Old Farmer's Almanac, the quirky, centuries-old mix of historical data, prognostications and folk wisdom. Millions of people consult the quirky, centuries-old almanac, which uses a secret formula to come up with its annual, year-long weather forecasts, even though meteorologists say it has a dubious track record.

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1:25pm

Fri March 2, 2012
State Capitol

Bill Establishes Child Abuse Review Panel

A House Committee has approved a bill that would establish an independent panel to review and report on child abuse cases. The bill doesn’t settle the issue of what case records are public documents, but lawmakers say it’s a step towards transparency. The question of what information in child death and near death records should be made available to the public is caught up in court. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services wants to protect certain information like still-living victims of child abuse crimes. Others say all information should be made public to identify inadequacies in the system.

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12:45pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Monkey See

The Lorax Speaks For The SUVs

There's at least one moment in the new Universal Pictures animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's 1971 environmentalist parable The Lorax, opening Friday, that's bound to turn some heads.

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12:45pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Student Is Outraged By Rush Limbaugh Calling Her A 'Slut' And 'Prostitute'

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 3:04 pm

Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University, during her House testimony about contraceptives and insurance coverage.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who has become a "poster child" for Democrats since Republicans wouldn't let her testify at a House hearing about President Obama's policy on contraception, said today she was stunned and outraged Wednesday when conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and "prostitute" on his nationally syndicated show.

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12:43pm

Fri March 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Ohio Poll: Santorum, Romney Tied Days Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 1:14 pm

Mitt Romney at a town-hall style meeting in Bexley, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
Gerald Herbert AP

If Rick Santorum has a lead on Mitt Romney in Ohio, it looks like it's not much of one. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Santorum leading Romney by four percentage points, 35 percent to 31 percent.

With the margin of error at +/-4.3 points, the two top rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are essentially tied just days before Super Tuesday when voters in Ohio and nine other states take part in the presidential primary process.

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12:34pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

To Protect Children From Lead, Fix Pregnant Women's Homes

Old windows are a big source of lead contamination.
iStockPhoto.com

Children are diagnosed with lead exposure only when their health is already endangered. Wouldn't it be better to prevent that danger instead? That's the goal of a project in the city of St. Louis that tests the homes of pregnant women and removes dangerous lead before babies were born.

That SWAT-team approach can reduce children's exposure to toxic lead, according to a new study.

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12:27pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Yelp Surprises Investors, As It Soars In Wall Street Debut

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 4:21 pm

Jeremy Stoppelman, second from right, Yelp co-founder and CEO, gets a high-five during opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.
Richard Drew AP

Yelp surprised analysts today during its first hours of trading as a public company.

As the Seattle PI puts it, the user-review company's shares soared by as much as 60 percent in early trading. The stock opened at $22.01 a share and has hit a high of $25.10.

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12:00pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Africa

Invisible Crisis In World's Newest Country?

South Sudan gained independence in 2011, but it has been locked in a bitter conflict with its northern neighbor. Rep. Frank Wolf (R.-Va.) just returned from the area. He talks with host Michel Martin about what some observers are calling a humanitarian crisis, and what the U.S. can do to help.

11:45am

Fri March 2, 2012
State Capitol

Meth Crack Down Bill Okayed by Senate

A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug. Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two grams per month—or the equivalent of two boxes of medicine. Previously the bill had been prescription only, then limited over-the-counter purchase to three point six grams a month.

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