Billy Frey, of the Alltech Ag Network, sees the venture as a way to market Alltech's mission to interested groups online.
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Billy Frey is on a mission to link Alltech's expertise in agriculture with the next generation of farm leaders who are its natural market — and the concerned consumers who will be eating their products. That's why Frey is spending a substantial amount of his workweek at the downtown Lexington headquarters of iHigh, where he oversees Alltech's 3-month-old Ag Network at the online video company, which includes content from the Future Farmers of America.
Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett said eastern Kentucky coalfields are being held to a higher standard than others in the state. Bissett said he believed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates Appalachian coal mining under a different set of regulations than other coal fields.
Cooper and his mother, Tiffiney Veloudis, walk back to the family home after playing in the playhouse (background) on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Cooper's sisters Ally, 4, and Jordan Wade, 22, are on the playhouse porch.
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A House committee reversed itself Wednesday and approved "Cooper's Law," which would nullify deed restrictions on small outdoor structures deemed medically necessary for children 12 and younger. House Bill 160, which proceeds to the full House, is named for a Lexington boy whose parents are feuding with the Andover Forest Home owners Association.
Kentucky has been granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind standards. NCLB has been criticized the past few years as having unreachable goals for education. Kentucky was one of 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and 28 more states have announced they plan to seek waiver later this year. In the first round ten states, including Indiana, were granted a waiver.
The word that Pentagon rules may soon "catch up a bit with reality" as the military considers formally allowing women to do something that they've already been asked to do in Iraq and Afghanistan — serve close to the front lines but technically not "in combat" — raises a question.
As NPR's Tom Bowman reports, the new rules still wouldn't allow women to serve in front line combat jobs such as infantry, armor or Special Forces.
H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green).
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The World Health Organization has just one week left to prepare for a highly anticipated meeting on controversial bird flu research. One official says that 22 invitations have gone out and the WHO is still waiting to hear back from some of the invitees.
Recent experiments involving the H5N1 bird flu virus have caused a furor in the science community, and the WHO was urged to convene an international discussion.
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Mitt Romney took his campaign to Newt Gingrich's turf on Wednesday with a rally in Atlanta.
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After a surprise sweep of Tuesday's three election contests by Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney headed to Georgia on Wednesday for a fundraiser and rally in Atlanta.
As NPR's Kathy Lohr reports on Morning Edition, heading to Georgia — Newt Gingrich country — was "a bold move" for Romney. "Before a packed crowd at a local tile and flooring company, Romney talked about creating jobs and reducing government spending — and he also took aim at his GOP opponents," Lohr reports.
"After negotiating through the night," NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, states attorneys general, federal officials and five major banks have agreed on a plan that will provide about $26 billion in mortgage relief and aid to homeowners who got crushed when the housing bubble burst.