4:19pm

Wed February 22, 2012
All Politics are Local

Paul Files Brief Against Healthcare Overhaul

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Circuit Court’s decision that the new federal healthcare law is unconstitutional. The deadline to submit a brief has passed and several briefs for and against the new federal healthcare law’s individual mandates have been filed. Paul was in Louisville Wednesday to discuss the brief he submitted to the Supreme Court last week.

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4:18pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended For Seniors

Nurse Susan Peel gives a whooping cough vaccination to a student at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif., in 2011. Now it seems likely such shots will become routine for senior citizens, too.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Now just about everybody should be getting vaccinated against whooping cough.

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending all adults 65 and older be immunized against whooping cough, or pertussis.

The panel is expanding an earlier recommendation that seniors be vaccinated if they have contact with very young infants. Adults and teens have been on the recommended list for years already.

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4:16pm

Wed February 22, 2012
State Capitol

Limits on State Debt Poised to Pass

Kentucky lawmakers are once again ready to approve a bill capping the state’s debt at six percent of revenues. The issue has been in and out of committee multiple times this session. It started as a constitutional amendment, then changed to a regular bill. And state Senators have renamed the measure to show their commitment to it. It is now called Senate Bill 1.

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4:15pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Education

The ABC's of State Budgets

University of Kentucky students were treated to a crash course on the state budget and how it affects higher education, tuition, and university policy Tuesday night.

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4:12pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Flood Fears Trouble Church's Expansion

Changes to Southland Christian Church's plan to build a new campus on Richmond Road in Lexington are under review by the city's Planning Commission. To make room for another parcel on the property which was once home to Lexington Mall, Southland wants to further shrink the size of a pond next to Richmond Road.

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3:59pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

'We Crush The Cars': Inside The Monster Truck Arena

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:01 am

The Grave Digger team of monster trucks, considered to be one of the most influential monster trucks of all time, is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and racing in the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) Monster Jam series.
Doriane Raiman NPR

It's that time of year again — the time when the sports world starts to zone in on basketball's March Madness, hockey's playoff push, baseball's spring training ... and monster trucks. That's right, it's prime time for four-wheeled contraptions that specialize in crushing each other.

While it may be hard to get past the deafening radio ads, a funny thing can happen on the way to a Monster Jam show. It turns out that young fans' giddiness over the awesome destruction they're about to witness can be pretty contagious.

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3:54pm

Wed February 22, 2012

3:50pm

Wed February 22, 2012
State Capitol

Senate Gives Gambling Amendment First Win

Governor Steve Beshear’s constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 today. The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

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3:48pm

Wed February 22, 2012
All Politics are Local

Senate Panel Approves Gambling Bill

A constitutional amendment that would allow casino gambling in Kentucky won approval Wednesday from the Senate State and Local Government Committee. On a vote of 7-4, the committee sent Senate Bill 151 to the full Senate for its consideration. For nearly two hours, the committee heard testimony for and against the bill.

3:46pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Salt

Panda Express Takes Sweet And Sour Beyond The Food Court

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 7:29 pm

An employee packs a customer's takeout order at a Panda Express restaurant in Los Angeles.
Fred Prouser Reuters /Landov

Not all that long ago, many Americans thought of Chinese food as fried rice, chow mein and orange chicken. And one reliable place to find it was at the mall, at places like Panda Express.

But food court mainstay Panda Express is now in the midst of a major transformation. That means moving from mall basements to stand-alone restaurants and keeping pace with an increasingly sophisticated American palate.

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