9:24am

Tue January 24, 2012

9:22am

Tue January 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Hospitals Take Page From Frequent Traveler Programs

You might qualify for special benefits at the local hospital.
iStockphoto.com

These days, as hospitals elbow each other to attract your business, they're offering patients — and those who might become patients — a whole range of perks.

These loyalty programs can be as straightforward as free valet parking and discounts at the hospital gift shop. There are also educational sessions showcasing surgeons' prowess, just in case you're ever in the market for a new hip or a knee.

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9:01am

Tue January 24, 2012
Monkey See

Oscar Nominations: 'Hugo' Leads, But Expect An 'Extremely Loud' Outcry

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 11:12 am

Thomas Horn stars as a grieving boy in Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close — dismissed by many critics but nominated for Best Picture.
David Lee Warner Bros. Pictures

In the end, there were nine nominees for Best Picture announced on Tuesday morning, and eight of them were entirely predictable: The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, War Horse, The Tree Of Life, and Moneyball.

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8:59am

Tue January 24, 2012
Movies

'Hugo,' 'The Artist' Lead Oscar Nominations

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 9:00 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and leading the pack with 11 nominations is the 3D movie "Hugo." It's about a Paris street urchin who befriends one of the inventors of cinema. "Hugo" was nominated for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay, among others. NPR's Neda Ulaby joins us to talk about the Oscar nominations, and good morning.

NEDA ULABY, BYLINE: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: What else was nominated for best picture?

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8:51am

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Gulf Arab States Pull Monitors From Syria, Will Ask UN For Support

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 9:13 am

A Syrian boy stands in front of a damaged armored vehicle belonging to the Syrian army in a street in Homs on Monday.
Ahmed Jadallah Reuters/Landov

A day after Syria roundly rejected an Arab League proposal that it hoped would end the violence in the country, the Gulf Cooperation Council said it was ending its monitoring mission in the country.

The Arab League, which has a few monitors of its own in the country, said its monitors would remain, if Syria is OK with it.

The Telegraph reports:

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8:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Scorsese's 'Hugo' Leads The Oscars With 11 Nominations

In the movie "Hugo," abandoned by an alcoholic uncle after the death of his father, Hugo services the train station tower clock by day and sleeps in it by night.
Jaap Buitendijk Paramount Pictures

The Academy Awards announced this morning that Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a film about the adventure of an orphan in 1930s Paris, was nominated for 11 Oscars, including best picture and best director.

The mostly silent film "The Artist" came in second with 10 nominations.

The AP reports:

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7:53am

Tue January 24, 2012
Measure Introduced in Tenn. Legislature

Ten Commandments in the Court House?

NASHVILLE,‭ ‬Tenn.‭ (‬AP‭) — ‬Two Republican state legislators are pushing a measure aimed at allowing local governments to display the Ten Commandments in county courthouses or on public grounds in Tennessee.

Sen.‭ ‬Mike Bell of Riceville and Rep.‭ ‬Matthew Hill of Jonesboro have introduced a bill authorizing counties and cities to set up displays of historical documents and monuments and writings,‭ ‬as the bill reads,‭ "‬recognized to commemorate freedom and the rich history of Tennessee and the United States.‭"

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7:49am

Tue January 24, 2012
Group "No Labels" Promotes Political Civility

Tenn. Reps. Take "Dates" to President's Address

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Three of Tennessee's congressional representatives have signed up to take "dates" to tonight's State of the Union speech.
 
The political action group No Labels is sponsoring the initiative that asks representatives to arrange to sit with members of the opposite political party at the president's speech to promote political civility.
 
No Labels launched the dates program at last year's State of the Union address, shortly after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a political event in Arizona.
 

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7:36am

Tue January 24, 2012
Bi-partisan Criticism for Beavers Measure

Beavers Bill Aimed at "Out-of-Control" Courts

NASHVILLE,‭ ‬Tenn.‭ (‬AP‭) — ‬Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers has withdrawn her proposal to strip Tennessee courts of the power to overturn laws enacted by the state Legislature.

The withdrawal late yesterday came after the proposal came under heavy criticism from members of both parties,‭ ‬including Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey.

Beavers,‭ ‬a Republican from Mt.‭ ‬Juliet,‭ said last week that her bill was aimed at reeling in what she called out-of-control courts.

Democratic senators argued the proposal would threaten the independence of the courts.

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7:30am

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Advisor Plouffe: Expect A State Of The Union Heavy On The Economy

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 8:03 am

White House advisor David Plouffe.
AP

Tonight, President Obama is set to deliver the final state of the union address of his first term. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne spoke to White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe for a preview of the president's speech.

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