10:16am

Wed January 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Disgraced Former Gov. Mark Sanford Is Ready To Make Another Move

Mark Sanford, seen at the GOP convention last summer in Tampa, Fla., saw his career as South Carolina's governor implode in 2009 when he admitted to an extramarital affair.
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Can Mark Sanford make a comeback? Right now, it appears quite possible.

The Republican ended his career as South Carolina's governor in disgrace after revealing in 2009 that he'd been surreptitiously spending time in Argentina visiting his mistress. But Sanford now hopes to return to his first job in politics, representing coastal South Carolina in the House.

"As soon as Sanford jumped in, he was the presumptive front-runner, simply because of his money and name recognition," says Scott Huffmon, a pollster based at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

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9:44am

Wed January 30, 2013
Economy

In 4th Quarter, Economy Shrank For First Time Since '09

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, with Renee Montagne. Good morning.

Let's try again, shall we, to explain what it means when we hear that the U.S. economy shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012. As we've discussed elsewhere in the program, the decline was slight - just one-tenth of a percentage point - but it is the first contraction of the economy since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. NPR's Jim Zarroli is with us once again in New York. Jim, good morning.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Good morning.

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9:14am

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Did Penicillin, Rather Than The Pill, Usher In Age Of Love?

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 4:28 pm

Would Woodstock have happened without penicillin?
AP

We all know what fueled the sexual revolution: birth control and rock 'n' roll.

But what if that's not the whole story? What if America's libido was liberated not by the pill and heady doses of Jim Morrison, but by the lowly prescription drug penicillin.

Before penicillin was found to be effective against syphilis during World War II, sex brought with it the risk of syphilis, a disease that can cause blindness, dementia and paralysis.

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8:31am

Wed January 30, 2013
Top Stories

New Restrictions on Tennessee's Online Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Haslam is proposing legislation that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

The administration bill would cap student enrollment at a so-called virtual school at 5,000 students, and initial enrollment would be limited to 1,500, depending on the school's performance.

According to the bill, if a school meets state guidelines for "student achievement growth," then it may exceed the initial enrollment limit.

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8:08am

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

192,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls This Month, Report Signals

Looking for work: In Birmingham, Ala., last summer, Jessica McQueen (left) and Ashley Abramson were among those filling out applications at a jobs fair.
Joe Songer Birmingham News /Landov

After bad news about late 2012 — that the U.S. economy shrank a bit in the fourth quarter — there's modestly good news about early 2013:

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7:48am

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy Shrank At 0.1 Percent Annual Rate In Fourth Quarter

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 8:11 am

The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.1 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, its first quarterly contraction since the second quarter of 2009.

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7:15am

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Your Salary Data May Be For Sale

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:42 pm

Fill out an application for a loan, and your wage history may go places you didn't expect.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

If you've earned a paycheck in recent years, you'll probably want want to know about this:

The Equifax credit reporting agency, NBC News reports, has collected 190 million employment and salary records on about one-third of U.S. adults and has sold some of the information "to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities."

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6:30am

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Giffords: 'We Must Do Something!' About Gun Violence

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 12:57 pm

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly at Wednesday's Senate hearing about gun violence.
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5:53am

Wed January 30, 2013
Top Stories

Damaging Storms Push Through Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Bordeaux man was killed before daybreak Wednesday morning as a line of strong storms moved through the mid-state.

WSMV-TV reports that 47-year-old Vernon Hartsell was killed around 3:30 a.m. Police say Hartsell was inside a shed on Abernathy Road when a tree fell on the building.

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4:19am

Wed January 30, 2013
News

Hillary Clinton Reflects On Challenges Of Office

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:44 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Newseum in Washington, on Tuesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves her position Friday after four years on the job, handing over duties to her successor, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

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