2:30pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Salt

Prison Meal Deal: Where The Staff Serves Lunch ... And Time

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:04 am

Inmate Calvin Hodge, in the second week of a five-week rotation as head chef, stirs gravy in preparation for lunch at the Fife and Drum Restaurant at the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord, Mass., Jan. 26.
Photos by Erik Jacobs for NPR

The Fife and Drum Restaurant offers a daily lunch bargain that sounds hard to pass up: For just $3.21, you get a hot, tasty meal, made mostly from scratch and delivered to your table by friendly waiters.

So what's the catch? You have to go through security before you're served.

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2:16pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

Three Kentucky Puppies Compete in Puppy Bowl

Tattoo, Prancer and Tanya will compete for the attention of people who want an alternative to Super Bowl XLVI. The three puppies have Kentucky ties - two of them spent time at the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society - and will be featured in "Puppy Bowl VIII," which airs at 2 p.m. CST Sunday on Animal Planet. The show will feature more than 50 puppies that will display their cute glory on a miniature football field known as Animal Planet Stadium. According to the Animal Planet website, this year will also feature a cast of supporting animals, including Meep the Bird and the piggy pep squad.

2:10pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Business and the Economy

School Resource Centers Face Budget Cuts

Lynn Vincent of Bowling Green, coordinator for the Family Resource Center at Moss Middle School and Rockfield Elementary pulls a cart full of snacks Thursday Feb. 2, 2012 to hand out to students for the weekend.
Pete Rodman/The Daily News

Family resource and youth service centers in schools are worried about how this year's probable 4.5 percent state budget cuts will affect their programs. Students and families who rely on the centers could see a major decrease in services. The cuts could cause schools to lose some of the programs at their resource centers, which include after-school activities, mentoring, guest speakers, family nights and health education and referrals, she said. The centers also help students with needs such as school supplies and clothing.

2:07pm

Fri February 3, 2012
State Capitol

Drug Ring Suspects Rounded Up

Sheriff’s deputies have rounded up 22 of the 28 suspects indicted Wednesday for engaging in organized crime – becoming the second alleged drug ring with connections to the Florida-to-Franklin County pill pipeline. Over 12 months this ring imported about 36,000 pills – with a total street value of more than $900,000 – into Franklin County, Sheriff Pat Melton said during a press conference Thursday.

1:55pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

After A Tepid Start, Cities Like Rome, Denver Receive Winter Battering

A man dressed as a Roman Gladiator stands in front of the ancient Colosseum as snowflakes fall in downtown Rome on Friday.
Angelo Carconi AP

Denver and Rome could not be farther apart. But today one city used to massive snow storms is facing a blizzard so big it cancelled 310 flights, even though the Denver airport has 500 workers clearing the snow. The other one hasn't seen this much snow since the '80s.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli told our Newscast unit the 1.5 inches of snow in Rome and the 16 inches that have accumulated in the northern suburbs have meant that very few attended schools and big tourist attractions like the Colosseum were closed.

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1:53pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Economy

Have Economists Got It Wrong About The U.S.?

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 11:23 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pauses during a hearing before the House Budget Committee on Feb. 28, 2007.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Five years ago, a subprime mortgage firestorm was melting down the U.S. economy, but most analysts didn't see it happening.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, testifying before Congress in February 2007, said the housing sector "is a concern, but at this point we don't see it as being a broad financial concern or a major factor in assessing the course of the economy."

If he and the vast majority of economists were blind to the economic and financial calamity taking shape then, could they also be missing the start of a huge economic boom now?

A boom? Really?

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1:53pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Pop Culture

3 Hidden Themes Of This Year's Super Bowl Ads

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 10:01 am

Many of this year's Super Bowl ads, like this one from CareerBuilders.com, play off our affection for animals.
CareerBuilders.com AP

1:40pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'Anonymous' Follows Hacking Of FBI-Scotland Yard Phone Call With Attacks

The Greek Ministry of Justice website after it was hacked earlier today.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

A day that began with the Anonymous hackers posting a nearly 17-minute recording of a conference call between officials of the FBI and Scotland Yard has been followed with some tweeted taunting of law enforcement and the news media, and the hacking of websites for the Greek Ministry of Justice, Boston Police Department and lawyers who defended a U.S. Marine at the center of the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians.

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1:24pm

Fri February 3, 2012
It's All Politics

If Romney Misspoke About 'Poor' Why Did He Later Repeat Statement?

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 3:10 pm

(Revised at 2:19 pm ET)

In an interview Thursday, Mitt Romney said he "misspoke" when he infamously said earlier in the week that he was not concerned about the very poor because they had a safety net, and the very rich but, instead, was focused on the middle class.

Speaking of the CNN interview that has caused Romney a world of trouble, the Republican presidential frontrunner told Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun during an interview program called Face to Face:

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12:56pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Health Care

Komen Issues Apology In Planned Parenthood Flap

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 12:57 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Business News starts with a reversal from the Komen Foundation. The Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation has just announced that it will not pull its funding for Planned Parenthood after all. The breast cancer charity endured a massive backlash when it announced, earlier this week, it would no longer give Planned Parenthood money for breast cancer screening. NPR's Julie Rovner joins us to explain the turnaround. And Julie, what exactly did the Komen Foundation say this morning?

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