Snow Complicates Tornado Recovery; Super Tuesday May Be Game Changer; Local Doctor Helps West Liberty, Kentucky: Today on Here and Now

by Brad Yost on March 5, 2012

1:06pm: Several inches of wet snow are complicating relief efforts in tornado-stricken Indiana and Kentucky, where deadly tornadoes struck on Friday.  So far 39 people in five states were killed by storms that tore down power lines and destroyed homes and businesses.  We’ll hear from Tommy Tapscott, Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church, East Bernstadt, Kentucky, who says his church has become a center of relief efforts, but now they’re having to hold off on distributing some supplies such as bedding, because people who’ve lost homes have no place to put them.

1:12pm: Mitt Romney is heading into tomorrow’s Super Tuesday primaries with momentum and the support of GOP VIPs.  But Ohio remains a tight race for the former Massachusetts governor.  Former Senator Rick Santorum is still in play there.  And Santorum’s looking for a good showing in Oklahoma and Tennessee because of the large number of evangelical voters.  Congressman Ron Paul is hoping to do well in several states, including Idaho and Alaska.  And Newt Gingrich says winning in his former home state of Georgia is critical.

1:35pm: There have been twenty-one confirmed deaths in Kentucky after tornadoes tore through the state on Friday. Seven of those deaths were in Morgan County, where the county seat, West Liberty, was leveled by the storms.  Louisville resident Alex Wright is a doctor with Norton Healthcare Systems, but West Liberty is his hometown, and his extended family still lives there. He headed to the town Saturday morning to see how he could help, and talks with WFPL’s Erica Peterson about the experience.

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