3:08am

Wed June 20, 2012
Sports

Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D.

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:30 am

Runner Shannon Leinert, 24, hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic track and field team to compete in the 800-meter race.
Chris Auckley Courtesy of Chris Auckley

Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.

Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.

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3:07am

Wed June 20, 2012
National Security

Are Drones Obama's Legacy In War On Terrorism?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:17 am

President Obama's use of drones, and his direct involvement in whom they target, has both U.S. and international communities questioning the administration's secret drone policy.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The Obama administration's use of drones to kill suspected terrorists in foreign countries may be President Obama's biggest legacy in the fight against terrorism.

One privilege — or burden — of the Oval Office is that each inhabitant gets to decide how dirty to get his hands in wartime. President Truman made the ultimate decision to use the atomic bomb, while President Kennedy chose not to use a nuclear weapon in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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3:06am

Wed June 20, 2012
Election 2012

Obama's Immigration Move Disrupts Rubio's Dream

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:19 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., leaves the stage after speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31 in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

With a single policy directive last week, President Obama took control of an issue of special importance to Hispanics this election year. Obama announced illegal immigrants younger than 30 who are brought to the U.S. as children and who meet other standards will not be subject to deportation.

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3:04am

Wed June 20, 2012
Election 2012

Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:19 am

Charles Koch of Koch Industries speaks in 2007 about his book The Science of Success in Wichita, Kan.
Bo Rader MCT /Landov

Several dozen wealthy donors have taken advantage of this post-Citizens United world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.

Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.

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10:03pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Title IX At 40: What Has Changed, And What's Next

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010.
Gerry Broome AP

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which, although almost nobody anticipated it then, resulted in women's gaining the right to participate in sports commensurate with their numbers attending college.

Title IX not only had a huge effect on women's participation in sports, but also, culturally, it influenced the way both men and women view the idea of women and athletics. It's mattered greatly in our American society.

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8:26pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Edible Plant Tour on Tap Friday

The Kentucky landscape is very picturesque but it also can sustain its inhabitants in ways few realize.  In that vein, The Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington hosts an edible plant tour this Friday afternoon.  The tour of the grounds will be led by Chris Prope.  Prope took WEKU’s  Stu Johnson on a walk around Waveland earlier this week

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7:56pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Judge Rules on Mine Whistleblower Case

An Eastern Kentucky coal miner can return to work after a judge ruled he was unfairly fired from his job. The decision affirms the rights of coal miners to report unsafe working conditions without fear of retribution. Charles Scott Howard was injured while working at a mine operated by Cumberland River Coal Company in Eastern Kentucky. The complaint alleges that even after he was cleared by doctors to return to work, the coal company took extreme steps to keep him from working.

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7:54pm

Tue June 19, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Signs Mine Safety Bill

PIKEVILLE – Miners who fail a drug-alcohol test will no longer be allowed to work in Kentucky mines after their third offense as the result of legislation passed in the 2012 General Assembly and signed by Gov. Steve Beshear. House Bill 385, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gooch, of Providence, amends the current process for testing miners by the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing. The legislation updates the 11-panel test, giving the Mine Safety Review Commission authority to add additional compounds to the test, and creates a three-strike policy for miners who continue to fail drug and alcohol tests.

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7:44pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Health and Welfare

Coventry CEO to Talk With Lawmakers

Kentucky lawmakers will get their first chance tomorrow to ask a private Medicaid operator why it’s having so much trouble negotiating contracts with healthcare providers. The CEO of CoventryCares will speak to lawmakers at a meeting of the Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee. Coventry has been fighting with the Eastern Kentucky hospital network Appalachian Regional Healthcare over reimbursement rates and a new contract.

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7:41pm

Tue June 19, 2012
All Politics are Local

Democrats Focus on State House Campaigns

With no statewide races on the ballot this year, the Kentucky Democratic Party is focusing its efforts on the General Assembly. Republicans have made taking over the state House a priority and have pledged to raise one million dollars to do so. But KDP spokesman Matt Erwin says Democrats have already raised near that amount and they plan to do more than protect incumbents.

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