Around the Nation
2:53 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Severe Storms Leave Nine Dead In Midwest

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 6:34 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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And I'm Audie Cornish. Deadly tornadoes swept through the Midwest overnight and this morning, killing at least eight people. The storm system hammered parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, where it still poses a threat.

As NPR's David Schaper reports, hardest hit is the small city of Harrisburg in southern Illinois.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

The Soul Rebels On World Cafe

The Soul Rebels infuse elements of brass band sound, marching band dynamics, jazz and soul into their music.
Rick Olivier Courtesy of the artist

The Soul Rebels could not be more aptly named. Formed in the '90s, the band originated within the New Orleans brass-band scene. Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss gathered jazz musicians from around New Orleans to create a sound based in soul and specific performance styles, but with the capacity to evolve. The result rebels against the rules of soul while paying homage to the genre.

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It's All Politics
2:38 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Bob Kerrey (The Man, Not The Bridge) To Run For Senate

Bob Kerrey in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 3:59 pm

(Updated at 5:57 pm ET)

A day after Senate Democrats' chances of keeping control of the chamber seemed to improve with the news that Maine Republican Olympia Snowe was retiring from a seat Democrats seem likely to gain, they got apparently more good news — Bob Kerrey finally decided to run for the soon-to-be-vacated U.S. Senate seat from Nebraska.

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Opinion
2:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

My First Crush: A Love Letter To Davy Jones

Monkees singer Davy Jones, seen here in 1968, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 66.
Keystone Features Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 6:11 pm

Kitty Eisele is supervising senior editor at NPR's Morning Edition. In this essay she remembers Monkees band member Davy Jones, who died Wednesday at age 66.

This is embarrassing to write, but years ago when my first crush erupted, I asked my dad to write a love note on my behalf to Davy Jones.

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Regional
2:25 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Science Lecture Series At New Mexico State University Las Cruces

 

Science is the focus for the College of Arts and Sciences Spring 2012 Colloquium Series. The Monday series begins March 5, and runs through April 30. All speakers will be presenting in Science Hall Room 107 on the New Mexico State University campus.

"Five lectures from a range of disciplines - astronomy, biochemistry, chemistry, geology and mathematics - will be featured in the series," said English Department Head Monica Torres. "Speakers will discuss specific projects and studies with which they are engaged, as well as critical implications of their work." 

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

On The Syrian Border, Getting Too Close Could Get You Shot

Our car pulled over along a deserted traffic circle in a small Jordanian village. An old man freshly covered in thick, wet sleet climbed into the back seat, his cold breath reeking of cigarettes.

"This is Khaled," my Syrian contact said. "He will show us to the border."

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Regional
1:45 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Texas Redistricting Battle Continues

 

Lawyers representing Hispanic and African American groups have asked judges in Washington to make a decision quickly on whether new political maps in Texas violate the federal Voting Rights Act.

The lawyers say interim political maps issued by a San Antonio court will discriminate against minorities and that only a ruling by the Washington judges could correct the problem.

There are two separate court cases looking at the redistricting maps in Texas. The Washington court must decide if the maps are legal. The San Antonio judges must decide if they are fair.

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Regional
1:36 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Group Lobbies Martinez To Sign "Corporate Fair Tax" Law

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A coalition including  all of New Mexico Labor, MoveOn.org, WeArePeopleHere.org, small business leaders, ProgressNowNM, NM Green Chamber of Commerce, and citizen lobbyists is urging New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to sign Seante Bill 9 – the Corporate Fair Tax Bill.

The bill would boost revenue by changing the state’s tax code to ensure multi-state corporations doing business in New Mexico pay  state corporate income taxes.  

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Australian Senate Urges Country To Apologize Over Forced Adoptions

A Senate committee in Australia is asking the country to apologize for its past policy of forced adoptions.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, thousands of unwed mothers were coerced into giving up their children. The committee talked to hundreds of mothers since its inquiy started in 2010.

The AP reports that about 100 mothers who gave up babies sat in the Senate public gallery as the committee presented its report today.

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Election 2012
1:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Romney Turns Attention To Ohio, Super Tuesday

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 6:34 pm

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And I'm Audie Cornish. With the Michigan and Arizona primaries in his rearview mirror, Mitt Romney sped off to Ohio today. That's one of the 10 states that will vote next week on Super Tuesday. In a few minutes, we'll measure the broader picture of the GOP nominating contest with some members of the Republican establishment. First, NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea caught up with last night's winner in Toledo.

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