1:41pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

'Brownouts' Delay Emergency Response

Fire Station No. 12 at Cherrybark and Southland drives in Lexington was not staffed for firefighting on Thursday.

A fire Thursday burned unchecked for several minutes, destroying a family's kitchen, because the nearest fire engine had temporarily been taken out of service. The delayed response was the second incident in two days that drew attention to the practice of brownouts, periods when Lexington takes fire engines out of service for hours or days to save money. On Wednesday night, a 65-year-old man having severe chest pains stopped at a fire station in South Lexington for help, only to find that no one was there, fire officials have said.

1:36pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

Delta Mariner Captain Blames Lighting for Accident

The master of the Delta Mariner, Capt. Lloyd Patten, told a panel of investigators Thursday that the Eggners Ferry Bridge accident that destroyed a section of the bridge deck would not have happened if the navigation lights on the bridge had been operating properly. Patten and the ship’s third mate, Capt. Franklin Altany, answered questions about the cause of the incident after dark on Jan. 26, during the fourth day of public hearings in Paducah by the U. S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.

1:33pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Business and the Economy

Pike Magistrate Suggests Pay Cut for Officials

As Pike County officials continue to discuss the county’s “dire” financial situation, a bold suggestion from a Pike magistrate to help alleviate some of the strain seems to have fallen on deaf ears. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, District 5 Magistrate Hilman Dotson, while arguing that the county’s currently idled swimming pools should be reopened, suggested that he and other county officials take a pay cut to help ease some of the financial burden the county is facing ahead of a projected multi-million-dollar budget shortfall in the coming year. Dotson’s suggested 10 percent pay reduction for county officials found little support among other court officials.

1:29pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

Kentucky-Indiana Bridges Project Moves Forward

The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project, designed to improve cross-river mobility for the entire region, took a step forward Friday with federal approval of a new environmental impact statement. Jose Sepulveda, Kentucky division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration, signed the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project, which involves construction of two bridges and reconstruction of the Kennedy interchange.

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1:06pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Business and the Economy

Annual Jobless Rates Down in 105 Counties

Annual unemployment rates were lower in 105 Kentucky counties in 2011 than in 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. In addition, 14 Kentucky counties had a higher annual unemployment in 2011 than in 2010 while the unemployment rate in Laurel County remained the same for both years, according to a press release issued by the state.

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1:04pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

KSP Collects Unused Prescription Drugs

Kentucky State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, April 28 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets. This is the fourth national DEA "Take Back" initiative the agency has participated in. KSP collected over 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs during previous programs, according to a state police press release. Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at KSP posts across the state.

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12:46pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Middle East

Despite Protests, Bahrain Hosts Grand Prix Race

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:50 pm

The Formula One Grand Prix Race set for Sunday in Bahrain has drawn attention to the island nation that was rocked by protests last year. Demonstrators are being kept away from the racing circuit. Driver Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team is shown here during a practice session Friday.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

A year after an uprising threatened Bahrain's monarchy, the royal family is hosting a Formula One Grand Prix race this Sunday as it attempts to show life has returned to normal.

But racing fans will have to make their way through ranks of police and soldiers who are part of a heavy security presence. And riot police have been using tear gas, stun grenades and birdshot to hold back demonstrations around the capital city, Manama.

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12:03pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

ABC News: Photo Shows George Zimmerman Had Bloodied Head

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 12:06 pm

A photograph, ABC News says shows blood on George Zimmerman's head.
ABC News

A photograph published by ABC News this morning shows what the network says is the head of George Zimmerman covered in blood. ABC News says the picture was taken minutes after Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, but he has maintained that he shot Martin, who was unarmed and on his way back from buying candy and tea, in self defense.

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11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
Environment

2 Years On, Gulf Families, Businesses Holding On

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Earth Day is Sunday and in anticipation of that we're going to spend some time revisiting one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history: the BP oil spill. It's been exactly two years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast.

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11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
Faith Matters

Parishioner Takes Church Case Straight To Vatican

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we are going to go to Sweden, where a cake and a minister who seemed to have too much fun cutting it have sparked international protests. We'll tell you more about this in just a few minutes.

But first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. Catholic parishioners in the Cleveland area were thrilled this week when Bishop Richard Lennon announced he will reopen 12 churches.

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