1:22pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Faith and Values

Ichthus Plans for Now and Later

Despite some initial doubt, organizers of the nation’s oldest contemporary Christian music festival are preparing for another show this summer.  Work continues on plans for this summer and for the future.  Officials have looked into selling the 111 acre farm property, but it hasn't panned out.  Finances still have Ichthus officials worried,so they're giving thought to the construction of additional facilities.  Then, C-E-O Mark Vermillion says they could open up the property so other events could be staged there.

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12:52pm

Mon February 20, 2012
All Politics are Local

Some Funding for Infrastructure in Federal Budget

President Obama’s new budget includes many sweeteners for Kentucky lawmakers but there also some pain pills they must swallow. 

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12:18pm

Mon February 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Holiday News Roundup: Mardi Gras, Greece And John Glenn

An image captured on Feb. 20, 1962, by NASA shows astronaut John Glenn during his space flight in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, weightless and traveling at 17,500 mph. The image was made by an automatic sequence motion picture camera.
NASA AP

The Two-Way is formally off-duty for the Presidents' Day holiday. But not only does the news not take a holiday — often, holidays are the news. Here's a quick roundup of some of today's important and most-discussed stories:

  • Syria is reinforcing its military in what seems to be a bid to control Homs. (AP)
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12:01pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Author Interviews

'New Yorker' Cartoonist Imagines Washington At 7

Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the pre-eminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. He is probably best known for his controversial 2008 cover of Michelle and Barack Obama, dressed as a Muslim and a militant with an AK-47, fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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11:19am

Mon February 20, 2012
State Capitol

Legislative Term Limits Up for Discussion

A first term lawmaker from Louisville would like to see term limits set for each house of the legislature.  The measure, offered by Representative Mike Nemes , calls for a constitutional amendment.  If approved, it would require lawmakers to leave their chamber after 12 years. “It will somewhat rotate leadership so you won’t have leaders that possibly could be in charge for 20- 30 years and kind of run everything and the rank and file is kind of non-existent if that happens,” said Nemes.

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11:07am

Mon February 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Baseball's Spring Training Begins; Opening Day Is April 4

Catcher Buster Posey, seen here during a spring training workout Sunday, has been told by the San Francisco Giants that he should avoid blocking home plate. Posey broke his leg on a scoring play at the plate last season.
Darron Cummings AP

Major League Baseball's spring training has begun, as catchers and pitchers have made their way to Florida and Arizona to prepare for the 2012 season. Games in the Grapefruit League and Cactus League won't begin until early March, when all players will report to camp.

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9:50am

Mon February 20, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Thousands Without Power After Storm

Central Kentucky missed out on a winter storm that slammed parts of southern and Eastern Kentucky, knocking out power for more than 20,000 customers. Meteorologist Chris Bailey said there were ­reports of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and totals ­probably would reach 8 inches in many areas. State police warned motorists in parts of southern Kentucky to limit travel because roads were covered with snow and ice.

9:46am

Mon February 20, 2012
All Politics are Local

Lawmaker Pushes for Charter Schools

State Rep. Brad Montell says he doesn't know where his charter-school bill is headed in this session after a hearing in the House Education Committee last week, but he said he isn't giving up. The education committee heard two hours of testimony from charter-school proponents and opponents Tuesday but did not vote to send House Bill 77 to the House floor. Montell, a Shelbyville Republican, has been pushing charter legislation for at least three years, but Tuesday was the first time his proposal had gotten an actual committee hearing.

9:43am

Mon February 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Smile Kentucky Provides Dental Care

Dr. Eric Abang prepares Friday to treat a student's cavity, aided by dental assistant Lisa Compton at Elizabethtown Dentistry for Children. The child was receiving treatment for free as part of the Smile Kentucky program.
Jill Pickett/The News-Enterprise

Dr. Marianne Sheroan eased her patient’s fears of a cavity treatment by telling her that she was receiving “princess fillings.” And they were indeed pretty special, because for the patient, they were free. More than 60 children received free dental work in the past few weeks as part of the Smile Kentucky program. The program in Hardin County screens every third grader and relays the assessments of dental needs to parents. But for about 70 students, the needed treatment is provided free by dental professionals who volunteer with the program.

9:19am

Mon February 20, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

The Dividing Line of Snow

Although much of central Kentucky was spared this past weekend, that certainly wasn’t the case in eastern Kentucky where snowfall was moderate to heavy.  David Shellenberger is with the national weather service in Jackson.  “Looking at our snow totals..the highest total we’ve gotten so far is at Shelby Gap and that’s in Pike County,” said Schellenberger.

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