12:42pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:22 am

After Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) rises from the grave in the 1970s, 200 years after he was imprisoned, he returns to his ancestral home and befriends his descendants, including David Collins (Gully McGrath).
Peter Mountain Warner Brothers Pictures

Two score and four years ago, I'd fly home from fourth grade for the 4 p.m. broadcast of Dark Shadows. In 1968, vampires and werewolves weren't mainstream — the era's horror films mostly played drive-ins — yet here on TV was a daily horror soap opera.

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12:42pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Around the Nation

Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 3:16 pm

Eight Belles (far left) broke both of her front ankles after finishing second in the 134th Kentucky Derby in May 2008. She was later euthanized.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

In 2008, a horse named Eight Belles collapsed with two broken ankles just after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. She was euthanized directly on the track. After her death, the thoroughbred industry organized safety and drug testing committees to make the sport safer.

But industry practices continue to put both horses and riders in harm's way. On average, 24 horses a week die at racetracks in the United States. Many horses that break down run with injuries masked by injected painkillers.

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12:37pm

Thu May 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Heads To Hollywood; Conservative Group Mocks 'Celebrity President'

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:39 pm

President Obama meets with actor George Clooney, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton N. Lyman, and human rights activist John Prendergast (far left) at the White House on March 15.
Pete Souza White House

On Thursday, some of Hollywood's top stars and deepest pockets will congregate at the Studio City, Calif., home of actor George Clooney to mingle with President Obama and raise money for his re-election campaign.

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12:27pm

Thu May 10, 2012
State Capitol

Local Sales Tax Talk

Despite heavy odds against her in the state senate, a Lexington lawmaker thinks Kentucky cities should be allowed to levy a local sales tax.  Democrat Kathy Stein told Lexington council members this week such a tax would benefit local government.  “I’m sure that studies could be done to make sure that anything that we did would not harm our tourism business…but I can’t imagine that a penny here or a penny there would harm things…but it would certainly add up in our coffers,” said Stein.

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12:25pm

Thu May 10, 2012
All Politics are Local

Record Voter Rolls

The Secretary of State’s Office reports more Kentuckians than ever are registered to vote in the May 22nd Primary Election.  Since November, the number of registered voters has increased by just over one-percent.  Voter turnout in the 2008 Presidential primary was about 32 percent.  Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says concern over partisan politics is just one factor driving turnout.

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12:24pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

And Now For The Weather, Let's Go To Prince Charles

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:39 pm

Prince Charles presented the weather report on a BBC Scotland newscast, surprising many viewers.
BBC Scotland

In Scotland, viewers of a nightly BBC news program got a surprise Thursday, when Prince Charles stood in front of a weather map to tell them about all the rain and cold they'd soon experience.

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12:23pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Health and Welfare

Concerns over Medicaid Managers Spread

The problems with privatized Medicaid in Eastern and Western Kentucky could be coming to Louisville. Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in Louisville and the surrounding area for more than a decade. The system was the model for last year's Medicaid privatization, which brought three new Medicaid management companies into the state.

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12:17pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Department Will Sue Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2011.
Ross D. Franklin AP

America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff is facing a lawsuit from the federal government.

Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, became a controversial national figure for his tough stance on immigrants. The Justice Department had previously warned Arpaio that his department had engaged in a pattern of misconduct, violating the civil rights of the Latino community in his district.

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12:16pm

Thu May 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney: 'Back In High School, I Did Some Dumb Things'

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:41 pm

Mitt Romney, then 14, with his father, George, and mother, Lenore, in 1962.
AP

In a hastily arranged radio interview, Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for pranks he played in high school that "might have gone too far."

The interview came a few hours after The Washington Post published a detailed story recounting incidents from Romney's years at Michigan's prestigious Cranbrook prep school in the 1960s.

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11:59am

Thu May 10, 2012
Politics

Why Mayor Barrett Wants To Defeat His Governor

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic primary earlier this week, earning the chance to challenge Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the polls. Barrett lost a race for the governor's seat to Walker in 2010. Host Michel Martin speaks with Barrett about whether the outrage over Walker's cuts to collective bargaining rights will be enough for him to win this rematch.

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