10:58am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Monitors Were Shot At Today In Syria, Secretary General Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 7:18 pm

United Nations monitors in Syria were shot at with small arms fire today as they tried to reach the scene of another alleged massacre, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said this morning.

At the U.N. General Assembly, Ban also condemned today's "shocking and sickening" reports about the killings of dozens. And, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, he called this yet another "pivotal moment" that could see Syria fall into a full-blown civil war.

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10:28am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Economy Is Poised For More Growth, But 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Bernanke Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:37 pm

A word cloud of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony to the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
wordle.net

"Economic growth appears poised to continue at a moderate pace over coming quarters," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress this hour, and will be supported in part by additional "accommodative monetary policy" from the central bank.

While there's been a slowing in job growth, Bernanke says that Fed policymakers believe household spending has been "relatively well sustained" and are encouraged by "consumer spentiment [that is] ... up noticeably from its levels late last year."

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10:04am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Greek Unemployment Hits Record High, Is Nearly Double Eurozone Average

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:14 pm

An elderly man walked by riot policemen guarding the Interior Ministry in Athens on Wednesday.
Kostas Tsironis AP
  • Joanna Kakissis, reporting for NPR

(From Athens, correspondent Joanna Kakissis tells us about the latest news regarding the troubled Greek economy.)

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9:45am

Thu June 7, 2012

All Gender is Performance: Lucian Grey, Defining Fairness

Lead in text: 
Lucian Grey's mother was raised in an all-male household, and she, "didn't know what to with having a girl," he explains. "Femininity in general was not her experience. So she just did what she knew how to do."
Source: Wfpl · Via: Laura Ellis
Lucian Grey's mother was raised in an all-male household, and she, "didn't know what to with having a girl," he explains. "

9:43am

Thu June 7, 2012
Business and the Economy

Employer Breaks Ground on Richmond Expansion

RICHMOND - Local leaders and company officials of Asahi Bluegrass Forge in Richmond held a ribbon-cutting for the company’s new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility Wednesday. The new plant, located at 3007 Bill Robertson Way, represents a $20.3 million investment and the creation of 50 full-time jobs.  Asahi Bluegrass Forge’s parent company is Asahi Forge Corporation, a Japanese company that specializes in producing such automotive parts as hub units, gears, transmission components, bearings and joints.

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9:39am

Thu June 7, 2012
Business and the Economy

Lexington-based Mattress Maker's Shares Plummet

Shares of Lexington-based Tempur-Pedic International lost almost half their value Wednesday, after the high-end mattress company announced that it expects sales and earnings to decline in the second quarter. The decline is blamed on Tempur-Pedic's rivals all offering new foam-based mattress products and supporting them with advertising.

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9:30am

Thu June 7, 2012
State Capitol

Facing Foreclosure, Richie Farmer Selling House

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who faces a foreclosure lawsuit on a mortgage loan of more than $300,000, is trying to sell his Frankfort house. A "for sale by owner" sign is in the front yard of the Farmer house, off U.S. 127 North at 113 Cedar Ridge.No one returned messages when calls were made Wednesday to a phone number on the sign. Records show that the number is assigned to a mobile phone in Manchester, Farmer's hometown.

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9:27am

Thu June 7, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Alleges Miners Bury Streams Without Permits

Mining companies buried sections of streams in Eastern Kentucky without getting proper permits, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The companies should restore the sites or pay for mitigation projects elsewhere, or both, the agency said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Pikeville Wednesday.The EPA suit also seeks damages that could, in theory, run into the millions of dollars.

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9:23am

Thu June 7, 2012
Education

UK lays off about 140, eliminates 164 vacant jobs

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald Leader

The University of Kentucky will lay off about 140 people in full and part-time positions across campus, losing roughly 1 percent of its workforce in the most severe budget cuts the flagship school has seen in recent memory.  UK Spokesman Jay Blanton said another 120 vacant full-time staff positions and 44 vacant faculty positions will be eliminated, but no faculty will lose their jobs.

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9:03am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Japanese Dock Reaches Oregon; Tsunami Debris Arriving Sooner Than Expected

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 10:42 am

A man looks at the massive dock from Japan that washed ashore on Oregon's Agate Beach this week.
Rick Bowmer AP

"A massive dock" that was washed away from a city on Japan's northeast coast by the devastating March 2011 tsunami landed this week on an Oregon beach. It's a warning sign that dangerous chunks of debris from that disaster are reaching the Pacific coast of the mainland U.S. much sooner than predicted, The Oregonian reports.

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