Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Survey: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Defense Cuts

A U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay in 2011.
U.S. Navy Getty Images

As Congress struggles to rein in the federal deficit, a new survey finds Americans preferred to cut defense spending more than any other program.

In a new survey that not only asked for opinion, but also briefed the respondents on the federal budget, Americans came to a bipartisan conclusion: 67 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats supported cutting the defense budget.

And by quite a bit.

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Thu May 10, 2012
Business and the Economy

Airline Merger Could Hurt Blue Grass Airport

The head of Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport is predicting that US Airways will eventually acquire the struggling American Airlines, and he’s not looking forward to that merger. American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in November. Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport, says a deal between American and US Airways may have a negative impact on central Kentucky travelers.

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Thu May 10, 2012
The Salt

Why It Matters That California Teens Eat Less Than Their Peers

California teens are getting fewer calories because of restrictions on school snacks, a study says
Darko Radanovic iStockphoto.com

The California sunshine can't hurt. It may help keep teens outdoors where they're less likely to snack, and more likely to move around.

But this isn't the explanation for why teens in the Golden State eat 158 fewer calories a day than kids in other states.

California teens, it turns out, are eating less at school, according to a new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. And that little bit less per kid can add up to big calorie savings over time, nutrition experts say.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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