10:16am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

On Second Thought, Maybe Consumer Confidence Isn't That High

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 10:45 am

Last week, the researchers who put out the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers said their index rose in May to "its highest level since October 2007" — before the last recession began.

But when it comes to economics, there always seem to be an "on the other hand" moment coming — especially when the economy appears to be at a turning point.

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9:54am

Tue May 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Federal Panel Says Prostate Cancer Screening is Harmful

Prostate cancer cells. Getty Images photo by Abbey Michael.

An influential federal panel says testing healthy men's prostate-specific antigen levels to detect prostate cancer does more harm than good. The PSA test can lead to unnecessary biopsies for men who turn out to be cancer-free. Those biopsies can also lead to men being treated for cancers that are so slow-growing (a characteristic of most prostate cancers) that they didn't need to be detected. An estimated 1,000 to 1,300 men die annually from complications associated with treatments that are initiated because of PSA screening, reports Alice Park for Time magazine. Moreover, treating harmless prostate tumors increases the chances of making men impotent or incontinent.

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9:43am

Tue May 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Worst Area for Bed Bugs

Bed bug, up close. (Photo from Northern Ky. Health Dept.)

Nearly half of Northern Kentucky hotels have had at least one complaint of bed bugs since May 2010. In the region, 34 of 64 hotels have had an issue. The soon-to-be-sold Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell has had the most complaints, with 12 findings of bed bugs from 20 complaints. The Super 8 Motel, also in Fort Mitchell, had 12 findings and 17 complaints since May 2010.

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9:36am

Tue May 29, 2012
State Capitol

Edelen to Audit Private Medicaid Operators

After months of mounting problems, State Auditor Adam Edelen says he will launch a full investigation into Kentucky’s statewide Medicaid Managed Care system. Edelen created a Medicaid task force in February after taking a first look at the managed care system. He also gave recommendations to managed care companies, health care providers and the state on how to make the system run better in the future.

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9:33am

Tue May 29, 2012
Education

Task Force to Examine Middle School Sports

Later this year, a new task force that includes lawmakers, educators and athletic officials will study the lack of regulation of middle school sports and offer recommendations for the 2013 General Assembly. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association oversees high school athletics, including coach education, health and safety rules, and regulations over play. But there is no such oversight for middle school sports.

9:21am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Home Prices Haven't 'Turned,' But Some Edged Up As Quarter Ended

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 9:41 am

Home prices slipped further in the first quarter, according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. It reports that:

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9:01am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Salt

How Do Your Dinnertime Rules Compare With The Obamas'?

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 5:27 pm

The Obamas host a Passover Seder for family, staff and friends at the White House on April 6.
Pete Souza The White House

If you listen to the Morning Edition interview with first lady Michelle Obama, you'll know she's come out with a new book about the White House garden.

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9:00am

Tue May 29, 2012

8:45am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

How Do You Spell Precocious? 6-Year-Old Spelling Bee Contestant Would Know

The National Spelling Bee gets going Wednesday and the story that's got everyone buzzing is about the youngest competitor in the contest's history: 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison from Woodbridge, Va.

She is, as Washington's WJLA-TV says, a "precocious little girl" who "is anything but ordinary" and will be on stage with others twice her age.

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8:06am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Italy Rocked By Second Deadly Quake

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 9:25 am

Two police officers in Mirandola try to comfort a woman after today's earthquake in Northern Italy.
Pierre Teyssot AFP/Getty Images

The news has gotten worse from Italy. Just after 9:15 a.m. ET, The Associated Press reported that authorities say at least 15 people were killed today by an earthquake that struck the northern part of the country.

Our original post, from 8:05 a.m. ET:

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