9:41am

Tue June 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

2012 a Costly Year for Lobbyists

The biggest spender to lobby the Kentucky legislature in the 2012 session was the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents the over-the-counter drug industry. Of the $8.8 million spent in 2012 overall, the group spent nearly $500,000. The group was fighting a bill that would have made cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient to make methamphetamine, available only by prescription.

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9:34am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Syria Bars 17 Western Diplomats, Including U.S. Ambassador

Calling them "persona non grata," Syria today told 17 diplomats — including the U.S. ambassador — that they are no longer welcome in the country.

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9:33am

Tue June 5, 2012
Business and the Economy

Toyota's Line Expansion a Long Process

Work is currently under way at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky to install a new production line at the Georgetown plant to build engines for a variety of vehicles. The new line will add more than 80 jobs at the plant but won't be ready to begin production for more than a year.

8:46am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

As Sandusky Trial Begins, A 'Two-Minute Guide' To The Case

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky as he arrived at a courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., this morning.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Jury selection starts today in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces allegations that he sexually abused at least 10 boys over 15 years, sometimes on the school's campus. Sandusky has pleaded innocent.

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8:17am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Connecticut Family Of Six, Houston Sisters Among Dead In Nigerian Crash

Monday, before a storm blew through, rescuers and firefighters searched through the crash site in Lagos.
Emmanuel Arewa AFP/Getty Images

"A torrential downpour and strong winds prevented emergency crews from returning Tuesday morning to a devastated neighborhood where a commercial airliner crashed, killing all 153 people aboard the plane and an undetermined number of people on the ground," The Associated Press reports from Lagos.

The wire service adds that:

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7:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Attracting Movies and Expanding Tourism

Kentucky’s new commissioner for the State Department of Travel and Tourism is charged with expanding tourism by while landing new attractions.  Mike Mangeot returns to a position in state tourism.  About ten years ago, the 45 year old economic development specialist served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Travel.  He wants to assess current conditions before making any firm suggestions, but, Mangeot sees opportunity across Kentucky.

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7:52am

Tue June 5, 2012
State Capitol

Assessing Current Tax Reform Efforts

A Lexington state representative with a history of tax reform interest says the current panel studying the issue is quite different in its makeup.  Bill Farmer was one of four guests on K-E-T’S Kentucky Tonight Monday.  The veteran lawmaker says tax professionals are not a key part of the process..  “When they set up this commission, they specifically left out all practicing attorneys all practicing accountants..so they could have people outside the industries that are most affected by the tax laws..and I think what he wanted was a truly citizen based group of stakeholders who are at a level where they can articulate the needs of the specific constituencies that they represent,” said Farmer.

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7:43am

Tue June 5, 2012
Animals

Artist Takes Taxidermy To New Heights

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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7:43am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Decision Day Arrives In Wisconsin

Getting out the vote: In Janesville, Wis., on Monday, Democrat Wanda Sonnentag was calling voters.
Scott Olson Getty Images
  • Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Polls open at 7 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) in Wisconsin, where the bitter battle over whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker is finally coming to a conclusion.

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7:38am

Tue June 5, 2012
Around the Nation

Castle In Phoenix Sells For $1.5 Million

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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