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9:35am

Wed February 1, 2012
Around the Nation

How Much English Is Enough To Hold Office?

An Arizona judge has deemed Alejandrina Cabrera's English language skills to be inadequate, and has struck her name from the ballot for the city council. Host Michel Martin takes a look at the election controversy in the small border town of San Luis, Arizona. She speaks with Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla and KAWC reporter Michelle Faust.

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9:13am

Wed February 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Line That He's 'Not Concerned About Very Poor' Will Linger

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney celebrates his Florida primary election win at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney's comment Wednesday about the social safety net has already been boiled down to a quick shorthand: "I'm not concerned about the very poor." It adds to a growing collection of statements that fuel charges that he has, if nothing else, a very tin ear and is an out-of-touch member of the .01 percent.

In a CNN interview with Soledad O'Brien, Romney said in part:

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9:12am

Wed February 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Construction Spending Rises To Highest Annual Rate In 20 Months

For the fifth consecutive month, builders increased spending in December, the Commerce Department said today. The figures tempered yesterday's news that home prices in most markets tracked by the S&P/Case-Shiller index had slipped 1.3 percent in November.

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8:25am

Wed February 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Don Cornelius, 'Soul Train' Creator, Dead Of Gunshot Wound

Don Cornelius at his office in Los Angeles in 2006.
Damian Dovarganes AP

The Los Angeles Police Department says Don Cornelius, the creator of "Soul Train," has died of a gunshot wound.

A spokesperson for the department said Cornelius was found at at his Mulholland Drive home and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cornelius was 75.

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8:06am

Wed February 1, 2012

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