U.S.
8:47 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Was Trayvon Martin's Killing A Federal Hate Crime?

A memorial to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin outside the community in Sanford, Fla., where the teen was shot.
Roberto Gonzalez Getty Images

Civil rights groups cheered the news that the Justice Department would look into the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen shot by a man on neighborhood watch in Sanford, Fla.

But the bar for the Justice Department to make a federal case is high. Ultimately, it has few options at its disposal when it comes to investigating the teen's death.

Former prosecutors say one key tool passed early in the Obama administration might apply in this case: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Women Continue To Fill Rick Perry's Facebook Wall With Mock Questions

Gov. Rick Perry's Facebook page, the scene of contention.
Facebook.com/GovernorPerry

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 8:46 am

Here's the first of more than 5,600 comments we saw this morning when we went to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Facebook page and opened up a post on his wall thanking those who supported his bid for the Republican presidential nomination:

"Governor Perry, I am experiencing mid-cycle cramping. Is this a punishment from god for not getting pregnant this month?"

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Police and Courts
7:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Trial forthcoming in case slowed by competency status

GREENVILLE - A Caddo Mills man who allegedly robbed an elderly man of donuts and then threatened to kill a police officer is in court Wednesday.

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Police and Courts
7:38 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Bail jumper back in court Wednesday

GREENVILLE - An arraignment hearing is scheduled today for a Hunt County man who failed to show up last month for his sentencing on an assault charge. 

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It's All Politics
7:36 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Why Dreams Of A Contested GOP Convention Are Slipping Away Again

Like leap year, talk of a brokered convention seems to surface every presidential cycle. Unlike leap year, the brokered convention itself rarely seems to happen in the end.

But this time around, as the GOP candidates grind it out delegate by delegate, the prospects seemed greater than at any time in the past few decades. As recently as Monday, Rick Santorum insisted he could collect enough delegates to deny rival Mitt Romney the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination outright.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Trayvon Martin's Killer Had Been Accused Of Violence In The Past

George Zimmerman, in a 2005 mug shot provided by the Orange County (Fla.) jail, via The Miami Herald.
AP
  • Kathy Lohr, on 'Morning Edition'

As national attention continues to be focused on the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last month and the questions it resurrects about race relations in the U.S., The Orlando Sentinel today adds to what's known about George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who pulled the trigger.

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Wed March 21, 2012

It Was Inevitable: Romney's Win In Illinois Resurrects The I-Word

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his victory party Tuesday in Schaumburg, Ill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:41 am

  • Ari Shapiro on 'Morning Editon'

From Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren to The Wall Street Journal and Politico, Tuesday's relatively easy win for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in the Illinois primary has renewed talk about him being the "inev

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Developing: Suspect Surrounded In France, Claims Al-Qaida Ties

French police officers at the scene of the siege today in Toulouse, where a suspect in recent killings is said to be holed up in an apartment.
Pascal Guyot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 8:06 am

  • Eleanor Beardsley, on 'Morning Edition'

There's a dramatic scene unfolding in Toulouse, France, where police have surrounded an apartment building in which the suspect in the recent high-profile killings of at least seven people is said to be barricaded.

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It's All Politics
6:01 am
Wed March 21, 2012

In Winner-Take-All Wisconsin, Looming GOP Primary Is Just A Sideshow

Volunteers at the Wisconsin Democratic Party's recall office in Waukesha entered names from petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker into their voter databases on March 20.
Liz Halloran NPR

Mary Beth Kopidlansky of Waukesha says she knows who she'll vote for in Wisconsin's upcoming GOP presidential primary (Mitt Romney), but that's not really what she's interested in talking about.

For Kopidlansky, and most potential voters in this most Republican of Wisconsin counties, the contest that is consuming them and the rest of the state is not the state's April 3 presidential primary when 42 potentially crucial delegates will be awarded.

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