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Primary Candidates In Pennsylvania, Kentucky And Arkansas Push For Votes

Tomorrow, in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas, voters will cast their ballots in three key primary races. Sen. Arlen Specter, now a Democrat, faces Rep. Joe Sestak in the Keystone State.

On Morning Edition today, NPR's Brian Naylor reports from the Bluegrass State, on the contest between Republicans Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul. According to Naylor, Grayson has billed himself as a conservative, willing and able to work with Democrats. In 2010, that may not be a winning strategy.

"In the year of the Tea Party, working with Democrats to get stuff done is viewed with suspicion," Naylor reports. "And making a lot of noise is what many Republican voters seem to want most."

NPR's Wade Goodwyn, traveling in Arkansas, says that incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln faces a tough challenge from Bill Halter in the Democratic primary there.

All six candidates took questions from NPR listeners on Talk of the Nation recently. You can listen to Sestak and Specter here, Grayson and Paul here, and Halter and Lincoln here.

Other stories making headlines this morning:

The New York Times—"Renegade Thai General Dies as Chaos Continues": Thomas Fuller, Bangkok correspondent for The New York Times, reports that violence in the Thai capital continues. It is now estimated that more than 60 people have been killed. According to Thai media reports, Gen. Khattiya Sawatdithol, who was shot in the head during an interview with Fuller on Thursday night, has died.

The Washington Post—"Lawyers lining up for class-action suits over oil spill": Over the weekend, BP said it had managed to divert some spilled oil into a drill ship. Reporters for The Post say that there are new headaches on the horizon for the companies involved in the disaster: the widow of a Transocean worker killed in the explosion that started the leak has filed suit. According to Steven Mufson and Juliet Elperin, "it marked the beginning of legal action that is spreading as inexorably as the oil that threatens the wildlife and economy of five states along the Gulf of Mexico." And already, it has attracted big-name lawyers:

They have experience suing big companies over asbestos, tobacco, oil company waste, breast implants and Chinese drywall. They have represented Ecuadoran shrimp farmers and New York lobstermen, patients who have swallowed Vioxx and investors who lost money on shares of Enron. And their ranks include the likes of Erin Brockovich, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and former partners of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.

Sports Illustrated—"Nadal nips Federer to take Madrid title and extend clay streak to 15": In Madrid, Rafael Nadal beat his long-time nemesis, Roger Federer, in straight sets.

The Baltimore Sun—"Baffert on top of the world after Preakness victory": Trainer Bob Baffert's Lookin at Lucky won the 135th Preakness Stakes, but he says the horse won't run in the Belmont Stakes.

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