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NPR's Adam Hochberg reports that Jesse Helms is expected to announce Wednesday that he will retire from the U.S. Senate when his term expires in 2003. The North Carolina Republican, first elected in 1972, has asked to appear live on WRAL-TV at 6 p.m. to make the announcement. Helms, known for his conservative stands on such issues as abortion and gay rights, has suffered from health problems lately, and has not raised much money for a 2002 Senate campaign.