4:59pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Mitt Romney

Conservatives Worry Romney's Vision Is Cloudy

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:20 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in Denver on Tuesday.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's losses on Tuesday, while not very meaningful in the race to accumulate delegates, have raised questions once again about his ability to inspire passion from his party's base and about his viability in the general election.

Rival Rick Santorum's victories in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota dealt a setback, if not exactly a body blow, to Romney — whom Santorum routinely dismisses as a candidate with a big machine but no core.

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4:58pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Commonwealth

Closures for Milton-Madison Bridge

State officials have announced the planned dates for the first of two five-day closures during the replacement of the Milton-Madison Bridge. The bridge will be closed April 25-29, during which time crews will work around the clock to remove the existing approaches on both sides of the river and attach the temporary approaches to the 82-year-old Ohio River span. During the closure, travelers will be routed 26 miles east to the Markland Dam linking Gallatin County, Ky., and Switzerland County, Ind., or 46 miles west to Louisville. A ferry will be in place for emergency services only.

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4:53pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Education

Detroit Schools' No. 1 Mission: Getting Kids To Class

George Eason, an attendance agent with Detroit Public Schools, sets out to visit homes and check in with parents about school attendance.
Larry Abramson NPR

Ask Detroit teachers about their biggest challenge and many will say, "You can't teach kids who don't come to class." Last year, the average Detroit public high school student missed at least 28 days of school.

Now, as part of its effort to get parents more involved, the district has launched a major initiative to improve attendance. The effort includes parent workshops and attendance agents charged with pushing parents to send their kids to school every day.

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4:46pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Music Reviews

On 'Karimba,' Peruvian Band Melds World Sounds

The band Novalima is undeniably Peruvian, but the music on their new album Karimba is infused with sounds from around the world including dub, salsa and club music.

4:34pm

Wed February 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Counting The GOP Delegates, But Not Before They're Official

GOP hopeful Rick Santorum, shown greeting supporters in Minnesota on Tuesday, drew votes in the Feb. 7 contests. But he didn't win any delegates.
CRAIG LASSIG EPA /Landov

In honor of Tuesday's delegate-free caucuses and primary, NPR is launching a 2012 Delegate Tracker.

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4:22pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Beached Dolphins Keep Cape Cod Rescuers Busy

Mother and calf common dolphins are transported to the beach by a team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the New England Aquarium before being released back into Cape Cod Bay on Jan. 14. So far, area rescuers have counted 147 dolphin strandings this winter alone.
Julia Cumes AP

Dolphins have been stranding themselves along the shores of Cape Cod, Mass., since the Pilgrims' times, and this winter is no different. What is different is how long the latest round of strandings has lasted — almost a month. So far, rescuers have counted 147 strandings and 38 successful rescues and releases.

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4:21pm

Wed February 8, 2012
World

In Russia, Punk-Rock Riot Girls Rage Against Putin

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 8:18 am

Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot stages a protest in Moscow's Red Square against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Members were arrested and detained briefly after their mid-January protest.
Pussy Riot

Anti-government protests in Russia are taking many different forms, from mass rallies and marches to defiant street art and music.

Just recently, members of a feminist punk group were arrested in Moscow's Red Square after they performed a song ridiculing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The group, which calls itself Pussy Riot, says it's planning more stunts before March's presidential elections.

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4:10pm

Wed February 8, 2012
It's All Politics

After Glum Night, Romney May Find Signs Of Hope In Colorado Swing County

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 7:09 pm

A Mitt Romney supporter holds up a sign showing her love for Romney and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow at a rally for the GOP presidential candidate at Arapahoe High School this week in Centennial, Colo.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

While Rick Santorum won Colorado along with two other states last night, he did not win the key Colorado county of Arapahoe.

Political experts say Arapahoe has been on the winning side in nearly every presidential election of the past four decades.

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3:38pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

CNN Suspends Roland Martin Over Super Bowl Ad Tweets

Roland Martin attends the premiere of "Just Wright" at Ziegfeld Theatre in May of 2010 in New York City.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

CNN's political commentator Roland Martin has been suspended, because of tweets sent out during the Super Bowl that organizations like GLAAD called homophobic.

NPR's David Folkenflik reports that the network was also reacting to online criticism of Martin. David filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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3:06pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Health and Welfare

Medicaid Reforms "Disastrous" in the Commonwealth

Kentucky’s private Medicaid providers say they need immediate changes in the state Medicaid system. Kentucky turned the system over to managed care providers four months ago. And today doctors, pharmacists and hospital executives told a Senate committee how disastrous the change has been. Kentucky currently contracts with four Managed Care Organizations, known as MCOs. Passport is based in Louisville, while Kentucky Spirit, WellCare and Coventry Cares operate statewide.

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