The Salt
5:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Hey Locavores, Are You Creating Jobs?

The Know Your Farmer interactive map shows USDA-supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011.
USDA

When we think of the farmers we know, we can count a lot of locally-produced food we've reported on, from unusual greens to pawpaws.

And when the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes their Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, what do they count? Jobs.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

VIDEO: Amazingly Close Up View Of A Woodpecker

YouTube.com

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 5:04 pm

Maybe you won't agree, but we think this video is fascinating. It's a very close encounter with a woodpecker at a bird feeder in Dryden, N.Y.

(Hint: don't give up before the 15-second mark.)

(H/T to this blogger's old hometown friend, Jim Pearson.)

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Election 2012
4:58 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Romney Still Unable To Drive Away Opponents

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands at a campaign rally at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, on Wednesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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

Mitt Romney's decisive victory in Arizona on Tuesday won him every one of that state's 29 delegates in what was a winner-take-all election. But it was quite a different story in Michigan.

Even though Rick Santorum finished 3 percentage points behind Romney, Santorum ended up with the same amount of delegates: 15. That's because Michigan awards most of its delegates according to congressional districts.

Every one of the 10 states voting next week on Super Tuesday will also award delegates on a proportional basis.

Picking Up Delegates

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Around the Nation
4:53 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Severe Storms Leave Nine Dead In Midwest

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

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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
4:48 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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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Gingrich To Speak At Ohio Dinner

An Ohio congressman says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak at a Saturday evening dinner that also features fellow GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Republican Rep. Bob Latta says some 750 people are expected at the sold-out March 3 Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner for his 5th House District. It's at Bowling Green State University's student union.

Latta's office said all GOP candidates have been invited, while Santorum had accepted earlier.

Anti-tax-hikes activist Grover Norquist is also scheduled to speak.

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Around the Miami Valley
4:38 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Ohio Highway Patrol Crime Lab Backlogged

A newspaper reports that a backlog at the Ohio State Highway Patrol crime lab has caused dozens of cases to be dismissed while investigators awaited evidence.

The patrol won't discuss individual cases but acknowledges the backlog and says it's trying to resolve it.

The Springfield News-Sun reports it found at least four cases in which drug charges were dismissed because of the time it took to process evidence -- after which the suspects allegedly committed other offenses.

It's All Politics
4:38 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 5:59 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
4:37 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 8:11 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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Education
4:26 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Appeals Court Weighing Arguments Over Bible Study

A federal appeals court is weighing whether a Knoxville student should have been allowed to read and discuss Bible passages during recess.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday took up the case brought by Samuel and Tina Whitson, who sued Knox County Schools in 2008. The Whitsons claim that Karns Elementary School Principal Cathy Summa infringed on the rights of Luke Whitson by telling him he could no longer hold Bible study on the playground.

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