Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Gingrich backed off, then decided not to (link)

Don't worry folks, Newt Gingrich is still attacking Mitt Romney for the wrong thing. Early in the day on Wednesday Newt Gingrich sounded as though he was backing off the Bain attacks on Romney. According to the NY Times:

A man who rose to speak here said that he, too, did not want Mr. Romney to be the nominee, but he pleaded with Mr. Gingrich to call off the Bain attacks. “I want to beg you to redirect and go after his obvious disingenuousness about his conservatism and lay off the corporatist versus the free market,’’ the audience member said.

Mr. Gingrich replied: “I agree with you. It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally because he’s so deeply invested in class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect.’’

Instead of backing off though and acting like a conservative, the Gingrich campaign decided to clarify.

But his spokesman, R.C. Hammond, said Mr. Gingrich never meant to imply that he had gone too far, nor that he was shifting strategy.

At the least, the episode seemed to show message confusion within the Gingrich campaign, which has cycled through different strategies in the past 10 days to find a potent response to withering attacks by Mr. Romney’s “super PAC,’’ which have portrayed Mr. Gingrich as a compromised Washington insider.

In a sign that the Gingrich camp is not backing down from going after Mr. Romney, it posted a Web video on Wednesday, “For the Dogs,” which compiles embarrassing Romney moments, including scenes of him being jeered for calling corporations “people” and explaining in an interview why he took a family vacation with Seamus the Irish setter strapped in a kennel on the roof of the car.

Gingrich and Rick Perry are making a huge mistake. They are going after Romney for making business decisions and making money. Memo to all the campaigns: No one really cares that Romney is rich. No one cares about his time at Bain. The reason conservatives are worried about Romney is because of his flip-flops and RomneyCare. Talk about those things!

2. Is the U.S. killing Iranian scientists? (link)

Yeah we probably are, but officially the United States has played no role in the deaths of 3 Iranian scientists. Nuclear scientists. If it's not the United States, than it's probably Israel killing these guys off. Not that I mind really. Iran can't have a nuclear weapon, and the United States doesn't want to get into another war. Covert actions are just fine and have been going on for a long time.

3. Dumb story of the morning (link)

Here is your dumb story of the morning.

In news that will shock Dr Pepper fans across the state of Texas, the specialty brand of Dr Pepper, Dublin Dr Pepper, will no longer be bottled and sold.

The news was first reported this evening by the Dallas Observer:

From here on out, per a settlement agreement just announced in the case filed by Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group in June, the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company will now be known as Dublin Bottling Works Inc. And it will no longer manufacture Imperial Pure Cane Sugar Dr Pepper at its bottling plant.

The Dr Pepper/7up corporation will now take up the bottling of a special version of Dr Pepper with pure-cane sugar.

Meanwhile, the now-former Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company issued this statement: “We want to thank our many customers for their support of our family-owned business during the past 120 years, and we want them to know that Dr Pepper is still a big part of Dublin,” says Dublin Bottling Works vice president Jeff Kloster. “We hope customers will continue to visit our town, the W.P. Kloster Museum and Old Doc’s Soda Shop, where they can still enjoy Dr Pepper sweetened with cane sugar.”

Dublin Dr. Pepper was the best. I'll miss it.

These and many more topics coming up on Thursday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.