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8:36 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Jobless Claims Dropped By 5,000 Last Week

There were 348,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week, down 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

At that level, weekly claims remain the lowest they've been since March 2008.

The agency also said "the 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average of 356,250."

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8:27 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Another Delay for Wallops Rocket Launch


       ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA is again rescheduling the launch of five rockets from Virginia due to bad weather.  The rockets are part of a study of the jet stream.

     The launch had been set for Thursday at NASA's space center on Wallops Island but has now been pushed back to early Friday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several times.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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8:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Tribute to Senator Barbara Mikulski


            Democrats and Republicans in the Senate yesterday afternoon…stood up to recognize the achievement of their Maryland colleague Barbara Mikulski…who became the longest serving woman in congress.

            She reached that milestone last Saturday after first being elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and ascending to the US Senate ten years later.

            Mikulski has been a leading voice for women’s issues with her latest accomplishment being the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

The Two-Way
8:15 am
Thu March 22, 2012

After Trayvon Martin's Death, We're All Having 'The Talk'

When he was killed on Feb. 26, Trayvon Martin was said to be wearing a hooded sweatshirt. In New York City on Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered for a "Million Hoodies" march to call attention to his death.
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  • From 'Morning Edition,' on 'The Talk'

A national discussion about race continues in the wake of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death last month in Sanford, Fla.

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7:43 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Maryland House of Delegates Takes Up State Budget


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates will be working on the state's $35.9 billion budget.

     The House has scheduled two sessions for Thursday, as it considers amendments to a package of budget measures.

     One includes a scaled-back version of an income tax increase already approved by the state Senate.

     Another budget measure would phase in a split of teacher pension costs with the counties in three years, instead of four.

7:41 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Delaware Considers Eliminating Voting Waiting Period For Felons


       DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment aimed at making it easier for convicted felons to vote.

     A bill to be considered by the House on Thursday would amend the state constitution to eliminate the five-year waiting period before eligible felons who have fully completed their sentences could have their voting rights restored.

     The proposed amendment would have to pass two consecutive general assemblies before it could become law.



7:36 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Row Between Democrats Over Proposed Shutdown of Easton Mail Processing Center


             Maryland’s Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are now expressing their outrage at the decision to shut down the mail processing center in Easton and moving the operation to Hares Corner near New Castle in Delaware.

            The Democratic Senators said it was their understanding that the Easton operation would move to the Baltimore plant.

            Meanwhile, fellow Democrat Senator Tom Carper from the First State, who oversees the postal service, proposed the alternative plan in a bid to preserve the Hare’s Corner facility.

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6:50 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Explosions, Gunfire At Sight Of Standoff With Murder Suspect In France

Members of a special police force unit at the site of the standoff in Toulouse, France, today.
Pascal Guyot AFP/Getty Images
  • French Interior Minister Claude Guéant (translated)

After a massive manhunt and a two-day standoff at an apartment building in Toulouse, French authorities say a man who claimed to be a member of al-Qaida and to have killed seven people in recent weeks is now dead himself.

According to French Interior Minister Claude Guéant, in the hour before 7 a.m. ET there was a dramatic conclusion to the saga that had gripped France and gotten the attention of people around the world.

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5:04 am
Thu March 22, 2012

What's Making Americans Less Thirsty For Gasoline?

Growing demand for more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, like these 2009 Dodge Journey crossover vehicles, has helped drive down gasoline consumption in the U.S.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 7:03 am

The price of gasoline keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers.

Since the first Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, the U.S. has struggled to quench a growing appetite for oil and gasoline. Now, that trend is changing.

"When you look at the U.S. oil market, you see that there's actually no growth," says Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

He says gasoline demand peaked in 2007 and has fallen each year since, even though the economy has begun to recover.

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