Fresh Air Weekend
10:56 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Being Flynn,' Barry Blitt

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
10:00 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Tornadoes Slow, With Destruction In Their Wake

Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes cause major damage Friday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:59 am

This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.

At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)

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Washington Lesislature
5:57 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GOP Senators Take Control Of Washington Senate

The Senate gallery was packed as Republican Senators took over the chamber from Democrats.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's been a day of high drama in the Washington state Senate. Republicans took control of the chamber with the help of three Democratic colleagues.

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Ore. Legislature
5:47 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Tempers Flare As Oregon Session Continues

The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Aboutmovies Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol on Monday to try once again to wrap up their legislative session. Things got testy Friday as lawmakers differed on whether to keep working or adjourn for the weekend.

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Republican Caucus
5:07 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Ron Paul Draws Fervent Crowd Of Supporters In Spokane

Congressman Ron Paul visited Spokane ahead of Saturday's Republican Caucus.
United States House of Representatives

On the day before Washington’s republican caucus, presidential contender Ron Paul visited Spokane for his second time.

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GOP Caucus
4:27 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Romney Stumps Before Washington GOP Caucuses

Former Governor Mitt Romney.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore Wikimedia commons

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney campaigned before a capacity crowd in Bellevue Friday morning. He urged supporters to take their enthusiasm and use it to help him in the GOP precinct caucuses Saturday.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Kitzhaber Signs Health Care Transformation Bill

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo courtesy Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed one of his top legislative priorities into law Friday. The Democrat was surrounded by lawmakers from both parties as he signed the so-called "health care transformation" bill.

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Around the Nation
3:33 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Storms And Tornadoes Lash Eastern U.S.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

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Election 2012
3:10 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Washington State To Hold Latest Nominating Contest

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 4:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

The next big day for Republican presidential hopefuls is Super Tuesday. But on the way to Tuesday, the candidates are making stops in Washington state. Republican caucuses there are set for tomorrow morning.

And as NPR's Martin Kaste reports, with the fight for the nomination still tight, for once the caucuses in Washington state may actually mean something to the presidential race.

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Economy
3:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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