Wed May 30, 2012
The Commonwealth

Beshear Signs Legislation to Expand Seat Belt Law

ELIZABETHTOWN – Gov. Steve Beshear, joined by state officials and highway safety advocates, Wednesday signed a bill that will expand Kentucky’s seat belt law to include vehicles designed to carry 15 or fewer passengers. State law previously required seat belt use in vehicles designed to carry 10 or fewer passengers. “I’m pleased that we are closing a loophole in the previous law that neglected to protect drivers and passengers in 15-passenger vans,” Beshear said in a statement released by his office. “In my administration, safety is, and will continue to be, a top priority.”

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Wed May 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Employers Less Likely To Drop Coverage Than You Might Think

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:52 pm

Employers are bruised by health costs, but most aren't thinking about dropping coverage just yet.

When it comes to businesses providing health coverage for employees, there's a mad dash for the exits, right?

Maybe not, according to a recent survey of more than 1,300 U.S. employers of varying sizes. Consultants at Oliver Wyman's health practice wondered how employers are weighing the increasing costs of providing health insurance and the potential exit strategy paths available under the federal health law (if it survives the Supreme Court).

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Wed May 30, 2012
It's All Politics

For Romney, The People May Trump The Money In Associating With The Donald

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:52 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks past Donald Trump's airplane as he arrives in Las Vegas on Tuesday, where he met with Trump for a fundraiser.
Mary Altaffer AP

The latest variant of the presidential election parlor game we call "What Were They Thinking?" asks why Mitt Romney chose this moment in his quest for the White House to become involved with Donald Trump.

Here's a contrarian guess by way of an answer: populism. Bear with me for a moment of explanation.

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Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Offers Regrets For President Referring To 'Polish Death Camp'

The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. (1965 file photo.)
Keystone Getty Images

President Obama misspoke Tuesday when he referred to a "Polish death camp" and "we regret the misstatement," White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor has told reporters.

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Wed May 30, 2012
Piano Jazz

Daniela Schaechter On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 12:12 pm

In 2005, a young Sicilian pianist named Daniela Schaechter won the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz competition. Marian McPartland always takes great interest in the competition, as she greatly admired Mary Lou and is devoted to the next generation of female jazz musicians. McPartland wasted no time in having Schaechter on Piano Jazz.

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Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Ex-Rutgers Student Offers First 'Clear Apology' For Spying On Roommate

Dharun Ravi in court on May 21.
Mel Evans AP

"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices" and apologize "to everyone affected by those choices." With those words, Dharun Ravi has offered what's being called his first "clear apology" for setting up a webcam to spy on his gay roommate in September 2010.

That spying shortly preceded roommate Tyler Clementi's suicide.

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Wed May 30, 2012
Business and the Economy

Fan Company to Expand, Add 150 Jobs

LEXINGTON – Lexington-based Big Ass Fans will build a 72,000-square-foot facility in the city. The project will add 150 jobs and entail an $8 million investment. The expansion, according to a press release from the governor's office, includes 56,000 square feet for office space and 16,000 square feet for storage/warehouse space on Jaggie Fox Way in Lexington, where the company has an existing 45,000-square-foot research and testing facility. Big Ass Fans also plans to maintain its Lexington campus location off Winchester Road.

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Wed May 30, 2012
Business and the Economy

Internet Broadcaster Receives $12 Million Investment

Tim Campbell, left, is president and COO of iHigh, and Jim Host is chairman and CEO.
Pablo Alacala/Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington-based youth sports and activities broadcaster iHigh will announce Wednesday a nearly $12 million investment by Cox Media Group, which owns newspapers, television and radio stations nationally. Launched in 1999, iHigh encourages schools and organizations to upload or stream videos online of sporting events, meetings, performing arts and so forth.


Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks' Assange Has Two Weeks To Appeal Extradition Decision

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:33 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last December.
Geoff Caddick AFP/Getty Images

While Britain's Supreme Court today said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sex assault, he was also given two weeks to appeal that ruling.

Assange's lawyer said that she needs that time to probe whether the court's decision was based in part on matters that weren't argued during the legal proceedings.

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Wed May 30, 2012

Fresh Air Remembers Traditional Music Legend Doc Watson

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:00 pm

Doc Watson performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1, 2009.
Rick Diamond/Staff Getty Images Entertainment

This interview was originally broadcast on March 24, 1988.

Doc Watson, who was called "a living national treasure" for his virtuoso flat-picking and his repertoire of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, has died. He was 89.

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