5:26 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

St. Johns to connect stroke patients with specialists via video

Stroke patients in Jackson will soon be able to consult with out-of-state specialists via video technology.

Gary Trauner, Chief Operating Officer at St. John’s Medical Center, says specialists used to make occasional trips from Idaho and Utah, but now remote doctors will constantly be available to meet with patients over video.

Trauner says the new technology will help St. John’s diagnose patients and determine whether to transfer them to other facilities. He says it’s almost as good as having the specialist in the room with the patient.

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5:22 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Study shows wolves benefit Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Associated Press

A new report indicates the reintroduction of wolves has benefited the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The study found that the wolves have kept the elk population in check, which in turn has allowed aspen, willow and cottonwood trees to re-grow in some parts of the park.
 Study author Bill Ripple of Oregon State University says those types of trees are crucial to maintaining a vibrant ecosystem.

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Presidential Race
5:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

A Look At The Van Meter, Iowa, Caucus Site

Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Sonari Glinton, who reports from a Republican caucus site in Van Meter, Iowa.

Presidential Race
5:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

A Look At The Ankeny, Iowa, Caucus Site

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 7:19 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Robert Siegel.

In about an hour, Iowans will begin caucusing in the nation's first presidential contest of 2012. Republicans are gathering at sites representing more than 1,700 precincts. While voters can write in any name they like, six candidates leave the field. The top vote-getters will head into next week's New Hampshire primary with fresh momentum and while those at the bottom could find their campaigns on life support.

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Election 2012
4:45 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowans Head To GOP Caucuses With No Clear Favorite

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:09 am

The results from Iowa suggest what has been clear for months: Republicans remain divided about their presidential choices.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote win after he and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum swapped the slimmest of leads back and forth in Tuesday's caucuses. With returns complete, each had won the support of roughly 25 percent of caucusgoers.

Despite the near-tie, Iowa caucus rules do not allow for a recount. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was third at 21.5 percent, according to The Associated Press.

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4:22 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

"Frackwater" linked to earthquakes in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A series of small earthquakes being studied for their potential links to disposal of gas drilling wastewater in Ohio is shaking up environmentalists and politicians.

It's long been known that disposal of so-called "frackwater" can cause earthquakes if injected near a fault. The jury is still out on whether Ohio's are caused by a wastewater well near Youngstown.

 In the battle of public perception, though, earthquakes grab attention. That's especially true in Ohio, where the geology and politics are positioned to accept wastewater from elsewhere.

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It's All Politics
4:16 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Live-Blog: Iowa's 2012 Republican Caucuses

As results come in from the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses, we'll be highlighting the latest news and developments in this "live-blog." You can follow our updates on the homepage, where they'll flow in automatically, and in this post. Here, we'll collect all the updates so that you can see how the story developed as the night went on. Just click your "refresh" button occasionally to ensure you're seeing our latest additions.

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3:37 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Egyptians Discuss Final Stage Of Parliament Vote

The third stage in Egypt's parliamentary elections got underway Tuesday. In upper Egypt, tensions between Muslims and Christians have intensified in the aftermath of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Qena is a stronghold of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement, and its members have clashed repeatedly with local Coptic Christians over the past year.

3:07 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

New Rules Mean Full Disclosure For Airfares

A Southwest Airlines passenger plane taxis on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. Southwest and other smaller carriers have filed a lawsuit against new rules regarding airfare advertisements.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

New rules will soon compel airlines and travel sites to disclose the total price of an airline ticket up front. But some airlines say the rules aren't fair and they're going to court to try to stop them.

Right now, some airlines and travel sites lure in customers with very low fares — and a tiny asterisk. Government taxes and fees — and perhaps a fuel surcharge — can be found in the fine print or on another screen.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowa Caucuses: Join Us For Live Updates

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 3:28 pm

As we've been saying, it's finally time for voters to cast some ballots that actually mean something for the 2012 presidential race.

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