3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Medical Treatments

FDA Issues New Warnings On Statin Drugs

Federal health officials have added new safety alerts to statins, a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels. The Food and Drug Administration cited rare side effects, including memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain. Robert Siegel talks to Rob Stein about the news.

3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Economy

Bernanke: Economic Growth Will Be Slow

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged that the economy is improving on Wednesday, but he isn't convinced the recovery is self-sustaining. He reaffirmed the Fed's position that the economy will likely need super-low interest rates well into 2014.

3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Election 2012

Former GOP Chairs Weigh In On Upcoming Primaries

Robert Siegel talks to three former GOP party chairmen and governors about the results of Tuesday's primaries in Michigan and Arizona. Haley Barbour of Mississippi says the campaign should now focus on social issues. Marc Racicot of Montana agrees, but says attention must be paid to those who care about such issues, and Jim Gilmore of Virginia says he feels a connection must be made between the GOP and blue collar voters.

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Wed February 29, 2012
NPR Story

Letters: On Women's Boxing

Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about a segment on a female boxer in Flint, Michigan.

3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
NPR Story

Snowe Retirement Launches Political Feeding Frenzy

There was a political scramble in Maine after Tuesday's surprise retirement announcement from Olympia Snowe, one of the state's two Republican senators.

3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
NPR Story

Superman, Ja Rule Among 'Leaplings'

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 8:34 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, to the other big story of the day: it's Leap Day, February 29th. The odds of a birthday today: one in 1461.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Leaplings, as they're called, and include motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

TONY ROBBINS: What is it that's shaping that person's ability to contribute?

CORNISH: American rapper and actor Ja Rule.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'M REAL")

JA RULE: (Rapping) I've been thinking about this relationship. And I want to know is this as good it gets 'cause...

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2:58pm

Wed February 29, 2012
All Politics are Local

Bill to Loosen Telephone Regulations

If you are one of the ever-dwindling homes with a traditional land telephone line, you may have to start looking for an alternative. Senate Bill 135, also referred to as the "AT&T Bill," is scheduled to come up before the Senate next week and appears to have the needed support. Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the sponsor of the bill, said he has worked closely with the Public Service Commission to make sure its officials agree with the bill and that the residents of the commonwealth will continue to have adequate phone service.

2:54pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Education

NKU Makes Plea in Frankfort

State Rep. Addia Wuchner talks with Jim Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University, outside the House chamber at the Capitol Building, Frankfort.
Patrick Reddy/The Kentucky Enquirer

Budget cuts proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear would stunt growth at Northern Kentucky University and in the surrounding job market, the university’s leadership told lawmakers Tuesday. But state legislators appeared pessimistic about finding funding in the two-year budget the General Assembly must pass this year. Beshear’s proposed budget would cut state funding to public universities by 6.4 percent, which equals $3.2 million for NKU on top of $6 million worth of cuts from the previous six years.

2:52pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Education

A Dozen Schools Promise a Deeper Partnership

A half-dozen university and college presidents who's signatures created the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.
Charles Compton WEKU News

A dozen universities and colleges in central and eastern Kentucky have strengthened their partnership.  During a signing ceremony today, they created the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.  Among them are Morehead State, the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU President Doug Whitlock says the agreement remove many of the barriers that separate these institutions.

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2:49pm

Wed February 29, 2012
All Politics are Local

Revised Anti-Meth Bill Introduced

Kentuckians could buy far less of most cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine without a prescription under a revised anti-methamphetamine bill introduced Tuesday in the state Senate. The sponsor of SB 3, Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the legislation was an alternative to SB 50, a measure he withdrew last week. It would have required a prescription for most cold medicines.

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