Are you saying you have different "Mousover items" The frames around the text for Programs & Places ??
I Fiddle alot with those parts & i can almost certainly say that it´s got to do with the color settings for the Text....
You should ONLY set text colors in Programs/Places lists & keep font OS Default, & In Item mouseover Have The color set to OS Default & There set the font.
Also some times you actually have to have several color boxes to choose the color from so the places & programs do not use the same one although same color as it will behave erradically otherwise (Like you experience now.
Edit: When this problem you experience occurs it´s quite hard to get it right, but experiment with what I suggested & you´ll be okay.