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And I'm Melissa Block. President Obama arrived in Indonesia today, the latest stop in a 10 day trip across the Pacific. He's used the trip to send a message that the U.S. is shifting its attention to the Asia Pacific region, both for economic and security reasons. That includes the announcement yesterday that the U.S. will deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia.
Some of the Commonwealth’s lawmakers are pressuring members of the so-called “super committee” to exceed their goal and cut more than one point two trillion dollars in debt. However, as its deadline nears, the special panel remains gridlocked. The clock is ticking on Capitol Hill. The deadline for the super committee is less than a week away, but as of now the two sides remain far apart. Kentucky Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield says this is a time for Congress to make hard decisions and set aside party loyalty.
Oh, deer! As bucks leap out of the woods in search of doe during mating season, motorists should use extra caution. “Doe are moving. The bucks are following the doe,” Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini said. “It’s just a peak time of the year for deer movement.” In addition to mating, it is also deer hunting season, which drives many deer out of the wild and onto the highways. “Last year, we had 3,084 deer-related collisions in Kentucky, with four of those being a fatal collision,” Kentucky State Police spokesman Lt. David Jude said. Nearly half of all vehicle collisions with deer occur during this time of year.
Kentucky ranks near the bottom of states in terms of the percentage of households using broadband connections. Only Alabama at 56 percent and Arkansas and Mississippi, both at 52 percent, are lower than Kentucky’s 58 percent, according to “Exploring the Digital Divide,” a report released this month from the U.S. Department of Commerce. And nearly 30 percent of Kentucky households report having no computer at all. The state with the highest broadband adoption rate is Utah, at 80 percent.
Imagine someone asking you what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner weeks ago. Most of us would do a fair to miserable job of recalling that. But it's exactly the information that investigators need to sleuth out the source of an outbreak of Salmonella or E. coli, as German officials learned the hard way this summer.
The congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee must agree before Thanksgiving to slice more than $1 trillion from projected deficits, or that money will be cut automatically from future budgets.
The fundamental divide between the panel's six Democrats and six Republicans has been over whether tax revenues should come into play. And with less than a week to go before the deadline, some Republicans are considering new tax revenue. But even the hint of compromise on that issue is dividing Republicans on Capitol Hill.
When you ask a lot of the Occupiers questions about their ideal government, they tell you then want an "organic" government or a "true democracy." Something a lot like what they created at Zuccotti Park, they say.
That's probably why there's been so much press coverage about the confusion of the movement's message. But, walking around and talking to many of the protesters today, it's obvious that it's a movement that has brought together a lot of people with very different ideologies.
A Franklin County court will hear a coal company’s third appeal in a case against the state Energy and Environment Cabinet tomorrow. The contention is over mining near Wilson Creek in Floyd County. Several years ago, residents living on Wilson Creek petitioned the state to declare the area unsuitable for mining. That petition was rejected, but the Energy and Environment cabinet placed certain restrictions on mining in the area—like any mining would have to restore the land to its approximate original contour, instead of seeking a variance, and reclamation would have to be done with native tree species.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Big Rivers Electric Corp. to adjust its wholesale rates in order in order to increase annual revenue by about $26.75 million, or about 6 percent. In orders issued Thursday, the PSC also approved pass-through rate increases for the three electric distribution cooperatives that purchase power from Big Rivers – Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative, Kenergy Corp. and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corp.
When Barron Lerner was writing his book on the history of drunk driving in America — and efforts to control it — he carried out an experiment at home that involved a bottle of vodka, a shot glass and a Breathalyzer. He was the guinea pig.
"I was trying to figure out just how drunk you had to be in order to not drive safely," says Lerner, a professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University, who wrote One for the Road. He decided to drink and test his levels — but he didn't actually get into a car.