3:17pm

Thu February 9, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Authorizes Tax Reform Commission

Twenty-three Kentuckians, representing a broad spectrum of public and private sector experience and from all corners of the state, will serve on the new Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday. The Commission, to be led by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, will work over the coming months to develop recommendations to make the state’s tax code more responsive to the ups and downs of the economy, as well as to make taxes more equitable for Kentuckians.

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3:15pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Escaped 'Rhino' Successfully Captured In Tokyo

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 3:40 pm

Netting the escapee.
BBC News

In 2010, it was a guy dressed up in a tiger suit that wouldn't have scared many toddlers. One year keepers successfully captured a "zebra."

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3:01pm

Thu February 9, 2012
State Capitol

Group Performs Coal Skit in Frankfort

Members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are preparing for next week's I Love Mountains Day rally in Frankfort. Several members performed a skit in the Capitol Rotunda today depicting fake legislators and coal operators trading cash while the sick and needy looked on. KFTC member Chris Schimmoeller says the point of the skit was to show the cozy relationship coal companies have with lawmakers.

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2:18pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Pike Roads are Traffic Hazard

Coal truck traffic is causing major problems on some Pike County roads, officials said this week. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, court members voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency on a pair of state highways in Pike County, in part because the volume of coal truck traffic on the narrow, winding highways is creating a traffic hazard.

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2:15pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Commonwealth

Highway Fatalities Increase in Kentucky

The rate of fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways has increased in 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky State Police. There were 64 fatalities as of Feb. 9, five more than at the same time last year. “Although it is still early, we want to be proactive in addressing this increase in highway deaths on Kentucky roadways,” KSP spokesperson Lt. David Jude said in a press release.

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2:05pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Call It 'Gulf Of America,' Not Gulf Of Mexico, Lawmaker Says In Bit Of Satire

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:26 pm

Sept. 2005: Hurricane Rita enters the Gulf of Mexico — or Gulf of America, as Mississippi House Rep. Stephen Holland would say.
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Update at 3:25 p.m. ET. It's Satirical, The Lawmaker Says:

Daniel Cherry of Mississippi Public Broadcasting just talked with Rep. Stephen Holland — the Democratic lawmaker who's getting a lot of attention for introducing a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of America.

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2:02pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Fun, Fun, Fun 'Til Council Takes The Frisbee Away

A surfer watches the waves just before sunset at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
Reed Saxon AP

Throwing a frisbee or a football on a Los Angeles County beach in the summer could cost you $1,000.

As NPR member station KPCC reports, the L.A. Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a revision of a 37-page ordinance that outlines acceptable behavior on county beaches.

KPCC reports:

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1:58pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds Find Wide Variation In Serious Infections Linked To Catheters

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 7:09 pm

Inattention to catheters used often in ICUs can lead to serious infections.
iStockphoto.com

Across the country, 1 in 6 hospitals has high rates of one of the most serious kinds of preventable infections — those caused by catheters inserted into large veins, according to new data published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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1:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

McConnell Greeted by Raucous Conservatives

Speaking in a hall crowded with enthusiastic conservatives, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell laid out his assessment of the Obama Administration. McConnell’s not know for his rhetorical strengths, but this crowd couldn’t get enough when the Minority Leader attacked the president. McConnell blamed the nation’s soaring debt on President Obama…even though last year Republicans rejected a broad deficit reducing package because it included tax increases on the wealthy. Still, McConnell predicted a good year for his party.

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1:09pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Regulators Approve First Nuclear Power Plant In A Generation

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 1:33 pm

The containment vessel of Vogtle Unit 3 is already being assembled.
Southern Company

The National Regulatory Agency announced it had given Southern Co. the OK to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia, making it the first new nuclear power plant approved in a generation.

The AP, which reported earlier today that the NRC was poised to give its approval, reports that one of the $14 billion reactors could be ready as soon as 2016. The second reactor could begin operating in 2017. The AP adds:

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