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Sanders Looks Ahead As Clinton Wins 4 More; GOP Race Winnows Down To 3 Candidates

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Missouri is too close to call. Sanders was campaigning in Arizona which has a primary next week. Donald Trump won all the delegates in Florida - as did Governor John Kasich in Ohio. Karen Beckwith of Case Western Reserve University of Ohio and Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida weigh in on the races.

Washington D.C. Metro Shuts Down For System-Wide Safety Inspection

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

The Washington, D.C., Metro rail system will be out of service for 29 hours because of potential faults in the electrical system. The subway is key for many commuters, including those who staff the federal government, which has announced it will stay open.

Clinton Wins 4 States; Rubio Bows Out; Kasich Still In With Ohio Win

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Democratic Hillary Clinton won Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Missouri is too close to call for both the Democrats and Republicans.

Trump Leads With 3 Wins, Kasich Wins Ohio

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Republican Donald Trump won big again last night, but Marco Rubio dropped out after losing Florida. John Kasich kept his bid alive by winning Ohio. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton held onto Ohio.

Rubio Suspends Campaign After Trump's Win; Kasich Takes Ohio

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Sen. Marco Rubio announced an end to his campaign following a loss in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. Sitting Ohio Gov. John Kasich dealt Trump his only loss on Tuesday on his home turf.

Low Graduation Rates Among Black Athletes

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

A new study shows black male athletes are completing college at significantly lower rates. Renee Montagne speaks to Kevin Blackistone, a "Washington Post" sport columnist, to examine this pervasive problem.

Pastor Supports Trump After Confronting Him About Racism

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

An African American pastor from Ohio shares why he's been a long-time supporter of Donald Trump after a one-time meeting with the businessman. David Greene talks to Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott, who first met Trump six years ago.

Midlife Friendship Key To A Longer, Healthier Life

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

People between 45 and 65 may be the loneliest segment in the U.S. And researchers are using brain scans to show that friendships are vital to staying healthy and engaged in your middle years.

Clinton Beats Out Sanders In Tuesday Primaries

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

With David Greene in Ohio and Steve Inskeep in Florida, some Democrat voters say Bernie Sanders pushed Hillary Clinton to be a better candidate. Don Gonyea also has the latest for the Republican side.

Before Flint, Lead-Contaminated Water Plagued Schools Across U.S.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:08am

Michigan isn't the only place dealing with lead-contaminated water. Schools all over the country have struggled to eliminate lead from water fountains and cafeterias — some for more than a decade.

NFL Official Acknowledges Link Between Football And Brain Disease

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 8:24am

Renee Montagne talks with ESPN reporter Steve Fainaru about a startling statement by the NFL's executive vice president for health and safety about chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Ninjas Wanted: Japan Looks To Kick-Start Tourism

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 6:06am

Japan wants to increase tourism and it's drawing from its feudal history to do it. The job posting emphasizes candidates with acrobatic skills.

College Golfer Plays Like A Pro On PGA Tour, Paid Like An Amateur

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 6:02am

Lee McCoy, a top college golfer at the University of Georgia played among the pros on Sunday. Unfortunately, having entered as an amateur, he had to leave the big prize money on the table.

Insurance Industry Is Hiring But Millennials Don't Seem To Be Interested

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 5:12am

The insurance industry has a lot of open positions, and it's scrambling to fill them. It's targeting millennials, but many simply don't consider insurance as a potential career — or think it's boring.

Michigan Win Fuels Sanders' Campaign; He's Counting On Ohio, Illinois And Missouri

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Bernie Sanders is a man running like everything is on the line. On Monday alone, the Vermont senator made five stops in four states. After Sanders' surprise win in Michigan last week, he's hoping to change the story of the Democratic race by winning in Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. Then it won't matter that Hillary Clinton has a massive delegate lead — Sanders Midwestern mojo will be the headline Wednesday morning. And Steve talks to the Mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, in a state that Clinton is expected to win today ... Florida.

Florida's GOP Primary Is Winner-Take-All; Political Ads Flood Sunshine State

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

One reason Ohio is getting a lot of attention is no president has won the White House without winning the Buckeye State since John F. Kennedy did it in 1960. In Florida, the winner of the GOP primary will walk away with all the delegates — 99. And TV watchers in the Sunshine State know that it's election time because of all the political ads.

A Win In Ohio And Florida Would Give A Candiate A Big Boost

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Voters in several states go to the polls for presidential primary elections. Key states include Florida and Ohio. David B. Cohen of the University of Akron and author of the book "Buckeye Battleground" and Adam Goodman of the Republican strategy firm the Victory Group weigh in on the races in Ohio and Florida.

Obama's Will To Fill Justice Seat Widens Rift With McConnell

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

The discord between Obama and the man who famously vowed to make him a one-term president just got more complicated. The relationship between President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the last seven years has been an often confrontational and awkward one, marked by occasional bouts of productive deal-making. The vacancy on the Supreme Court has touched off the last great standoff between the two men, and the chances of finding common ground this time appear dismal.

New Dinosaur Discovery Helps To Explain The Rise Of Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Eighty million years ago, tyrannosaurs were the top predators in Asia and North America. Scientists say a newly discovered dinosaur from Uzbekistan helps to explain their rise.

Putin Commits To Pullout From Syria Amid Ceasefire

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered most of his military forces withdrawn from Syria. Renee Montagne talks to Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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