Tue March 13, 2012
State Capitol

Senate Begins Close Scrutiny of Budget Proposal

Kentucky state senators will get their first budgetary reports in committee this week, which starts the final step in the budget process. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee received a report today on the differences between the budget Governor Steve Beshear originally proposed and the changes the House made to that plan. Many senators didn’t raise questions about the changes in the meeting. But committee chairman Bob Leeper says that’s because the Senate is likely to include even more changes.

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Tue March 13, 2012

Slut: The Other Four Letter S-Word

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 10:12 am

Definition of slut found in dictionary.

Geoff Nunberg, the linguist contributor on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, is the author of the book The Years of Talking Dangerously.

"My choice of words was not the best," Rush Limbaugh said in his apology. That's the standard formula for these things — you apologize not for what you said but for the way you said it.

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Tue March 13, 2012
The Salt

The Big Gulp: Dolphins Don't Have Time To Savor Their Food

Dolphins and other marine mammals may lack the ability to taste their treats. Blame evolution.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Anyone who's visited an aquarium or watched "Flipper" reruns knows how happy those dolphins look when they score a nice fat fish. But they might not be tasting that fish at all.

That's the news from a study from researchers who tested the DNA of wild animals to see if they could taste sweet, bitter, and umami (or savory) flavor.

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Tue March 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Has Southern Hospitality Steered Pollsters The Wrong Way In Ala. & Miss.?

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 11:07 am

In Madison, Miss., earlier today, precinct worker Bob Shirley was handing out "I Voted" stickers.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Our friend Liz Halloran reports that Mitt Romney "might just win in the South" today as Republicans go to the polls in Alabama and Mississippi to pick between the four remaining candidates for the GOP presidential nomination.

As she writes:

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Tue March 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Noted Pianist and Philanthropist Dies

Teresa Garbulinska and Ronald Saykaly channeled their love of music into the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Program.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Teresa Garbulinska Saykaly, 79, a noted concert pianist and Lexington arts philanthropist, died early Monday after a long illness. Born in Poland, she won the Polish National Mozart Competition in 1956 and went on to perform throughout Europe and the United States, including at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was a student of piano virtuoso Henryk Sztompka, who was a well-known student of Ignace Paderewski. As a result, her husband of 44 years, Dr. Ronald Saykaly, said, she was sometimes referred to as "the musical granddaughter of Paderewski."

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Tue March 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Metal Hips Prone To Early Failure

Hip replacements are a boon for aging boomers, but they're not perfect.

Hip replacements can do a lot of good, but they don't last forever.

To lower the failure rates of artificial hips, particularly in younger people, doctors have tried using metal-on-metal hip joints with larger heads.

But those metal-on-metal hips, which were supposed to be more durable, have their own problems.

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Tue March 13, 2012

TV Puts Nunn Murder Case Back in Spotlight

The ex-wife of murderer Steve Nunn is one of several people connected to the case that rocked Kentucky who have talked with ABC for its Revenge for Real news series, which has scheduled a segment called "The Governor's Son" for 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Others who have spoken with ABC include the mother of victim Amanda Ross, and Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson.

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Tue March 13, 2012
State Capitol

Ag Chief Encourages Donations from Farmers

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer visited Hopkinsville on Monday, encouraging donations to Kentucky 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs. Comer met with Christian County Clerk Mike Kem as well as children from local FFA and 4-H programs. He is a supporting a program that asks for a $10 donation from farmers when they renew their farm license plates. 

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Tue March 13, 2012

Campus Security: KSU Erects Guardhouse

Kentucky State University officials are installing a guardhouse at the main entrance on East Main Street to provide more security on campus. The guardhouse will be used as an information post for people entering campus, KSU spokeswoman Felicia Lewis said. It will be a source for campus directions and parking passes. Students and the general public will have to show identification at times, Lewis said, such as during emergencies and special events.

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Tue March 13, 2012

Students Scramble for Final Four Tix

Marcey Bronczyk was beaming and breathless Monday afternoon as she stood outside the ticket booth at Memorial Coliseum. Bronczyk, 53, and her son Chris Bronczyk, 24, both University of Kentucky students, had just won the right to buy tickets to the UK men's basketball team's opening-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Louisville.

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