8:16am

Mon March 5, 2012
Local

March Means it is High School Basketball Tournament Time on the MTSU Campus

If it’s March in Tennessee, that means it’s TSSAA time at MTSU—and time for temporary traffic changes, too!

The upcoming TSSAA High School Basketball Tournaments—March 7-10 for the girls and March 14-17 for boys—will cause changes in parking and traffic patterns on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, which is again hosting the events.

To help the campus community and its guests navigate the crowded and changing MTSU landscape, University officials are making motorists aware of several factors affecting roads and parking.

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8:15am

Mon March 5, 2012

7:45am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

4.0 Magnitude Quake Rattles San Francisco

For those who just felt the earth shake in Northern California, the U.S. Geological Survey says there was a 4.0 magnitude temblor in the "San Francisco bay area" at 5:33 a.m. local time (8:33 a.m. ET).

There's no word yet on whether there was much, if any, damage.

The USGS says the quake was centered about 1 mile from El Cerrito, Calif.

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7:34am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Putin's Victory Comes With Claims Of 'Widespread Violations'

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. He won election to the post he previously held: president.
Alexei Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images

It's no surprise that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Sunday's election to return to the more powerful post he previously held — president. His victory was widely expected. Putin appears to have gotten about two-thirds of the votes.

Also not surprising: Sunday's results are being followed with reports today that, as The Associated Press says, "the opposition and independent observers insisted the vote had been marred by widespread violations."

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6:55am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Limbaugh Loses Ninth Advertiser Over Comments About Law Student

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 5:10 pm

Rush Limbaugh.
Ron Edmonds AP

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET. USA Today's On Politics blog reports that both Sears and Allstate are distancing themselves from Limbaugh as well. Both firms said their media buying firms bought space on the show, today, but they have instructed them not to continue.

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6:30am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Toddler's Death Brings Toll From Latest Tornadoes To 39

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 6:33 am

In Henryville, Ind., on Sunday, Janet Clark stood outside what remains of her home, which was destroyed in Friday's tornado.
Scott Olson Getty Images
  • Erica Peterson reporting on 'Morning Edition'

There's more sad news from the stretch of five states across the Midwest and South that were slammed by tornadoes on Friday.

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6:00am

Mon March 5, 2012
Three Books...

Try And Try Again: 3 Tales Of Spectacular Failure

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 6:19 pm

Anna1975 flickr.com

Don't let the theme fool you. These three books are anything but failures. They are, in fact, full of sharply rendered and utterly original characters who fail spectacularly in their attempts to do right (or what they think is right). They are men on a mission, variously heroic, harebrained, heartfelt, even cruel, but their good intentions are undeniable, if not always admirable.

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2:44am

Mon March 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

Ryan Shank-Rowe, 9, takes part in a therapeutic riding program at Little Full Cry Farm in Clifton, Va., last month.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.

That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish and even horses — in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

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2:41am

Mon March 5, 2012
Business

Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing?

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

A welder at Specialty Fab in North Lima, Ohio, works March 1 on a piece of a compressor skid frame that is bound for the Ohio Shale project. Manufacturing companies such as Specialty Fab could receive tax breaks if a proposal from the Obama administration goes through.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

The White House says restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential part of getting the economy back on track.

GOP candidate Rick Santorum wants to see tax breaks for manufacturing companies, and the Obama administration proposed something similar last week. But economists say tax breaks may not be the best way to help manufacturers right now.

Over the years, the steady loss of good factory jobs is a big reason why wages have stagnated for people who never went to college, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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2:40am

Mon March 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Inconsistency: The Real Hobgoblin

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 3:03 am

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney clashed often during Wednesday's GOP debate.
Jae C. Hong AP

This campaign season, inconsistency seems to be, well, almost everywhere. Each flip-flopping politician revels in pointing out the flip-flopping ways of his opponents.

Why are politicians and those of us who vote for them so obsessed with inconsistency? We take that question on from three angles: how our brains are wired; the psychology of judging what's consistent; and how consistency plays out in leadership styles.

Jon Hamilton: Why Our Brains Hate A Flip-Flopper

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