8:00am

Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

LIVE: Jewel (A Bear) May Soon Give Birth; A Webcam Lets Us Watch

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 8:04 am

A very close view of Jewel, taken Tuesday.
Wildlife Research Institute

As we learned last year with our posts about the Decorah "eagle cam," there's a lot of interest in watching animals in the wild. Especially when there are babies involved.

So here's some important information for nature lovers:

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7:58am

Wed January 18, 2012
Opinion

Hot To Trot: Dating With A Few More Wrinkles

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 8:00 am

Adult children are often surprised when their their over-60 parents hit the dating scene.
iStockphoto.com

Brian Unger is the host of the History Channel show How The States Got Their Shapes.

When we talk about our moms, many of us end up crying. Barbra Walters made her career exploiting this universal weakness. Newt Gingrich proved it recently, very publicly, in Iowa talking about his mom.

I'm going to try to control my emotions as I discuss my mom.

Because I'm not ashamed to say — lately, there have been a few tears.

My mom's not sick. No, she beat cancer.

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7:13am

Wed January 18, 2012

7:09am

Wed January 18, 2012
Speaker Harwell Convinces Casada to Drop Bill

No Changes to Tenn. Sunshine Laws This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is voicing opposition to efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings laws. She’s calling on a Republican colleague to drop a bill that seeks to make changes to the current rules.

Spokeswoman Kara Owen said in an email yesterday that Harwell doesn’t support efforts to allow members of local governments to meet behind closed doors as long as a quorum isn't present.

Owen says Harwell has spoken to Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin and that Casada agreed not to pursue the bill this year.

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6:55am

Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Seattle, Western Washington Hunker Down As Snow Arrives

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 11:01 am

Bags of a deicing product were being stacked outside a hardware store in Seattle on Tuesday, as folks prepared for today's bad weather.
Elaine Thompson AP

While Seattle may not get hit quite as hard as previously thought by a winter storm that's moving across the Northwest, the National Weather Service has issued some ominous sounding updates about how large that storm is turning out to be.

There's this message:

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6:25am

Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

If You Really Need Wikipedia Today, You Can Get To It

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 7:57 am

Wikipedia's blackout.
Wikipedia.org

Just to be clear:

Wikipedia's English pages have indeed "gone black" until midnight ET tonight — part of an organized protest by it and many other websites over pending anti-online piracy legislation in Congress.

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6:05am

Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Italy, Search Of Stricken Cruise Ship Suspended

"Divers searching the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia suspended work on Wednesday after the vast wreck shifted slightly but officials said they are hoping to resume as soon as possible," Reuters reports.

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6:00am

Wed January 18, 2012
Election 2012

Hate Politics, Love TV, Live In S.C.? Not Your Week

A political ad airs on a TV at Tommy's Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C., where Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was preparing to hold a campaign event.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Scott Sanders will be eating lunch at his desk again. Sanders is the general sales manager for the NBC affiliate in Columbia — South Carolina's capital — so all his time is devoted these days to handling ad traffic ahead of Saturday's Republican primary.

"It's been crazy this week," Sanders says. "It will be hard to watch TV, because there are so many ads."

All five major GOP candidates have ads running during the station's nightly news programs. Their messages are also being amplified and augmented by supportive superPACs.

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5:36am

Wed January 18, 2012
Opponents Fear Impact on Gay Students

"Dont' Say Gay" Bill Before Education Committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure that seeks to ban Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues is once again before lawmakers.
The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald and is scheduled to be heard today in the House Education Subcommittee.

The companion bill passed the Senate last year. It limits all sexually related instruction to, as the measure reads "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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