4:15pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Law

Firm Leaves Miss. After Its Prison Is Called 'Cesspool'

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 8:06 pm

In 2010, former inmate Ross Walton describes mistreatment he says inmates received from guards. Faced with a court order to reform the Walnut Grove juvenile prison, the company managing the prison is leaving Mississippi.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in rural Mississippi, the private company managing the prison is out. A report by the Justice Department describes "systemic, egregious and dangerous practices" at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.

As those words imply, the official report is scathing.

Federal Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the youth prison "has allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk."

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3:56pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

UK Renames Residence Hall

On Tuesday, UK Renamed the former North Hall, David P. Roselle Hall in honor of the school's ninth president.
UK Public Relations

A residence hall for first year University of Kentucky Fine Arts students now bears the name of UK’s 9th President.  At a ceremony on Tuesday, the former North Hall, a 144-bed complex, which opened in 2005, was re-christened Roselle Hall in honor of David P. Roselle, who held the post from July 1987 through December 1989.

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3:40pm

Tue April 24, 2012
The Commonwealth

Beshear Visits Eggners Ferry Bridge

Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday visited the site on which workers will assemble the steel truss for a replacement span to repair and reopen the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake. Crews from Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. are fabricating the steel components at the company’s yard in Louisville and shipping them to the Lyon County Riverport, outside Eddyville, for assembly.

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3:40pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Los Angeles Bets On Crusading Doctor To Turn Around Public Health System

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 9:24 pm

Dr. Mitch Katz rides his bike to work, defying the commuting norm in Los Angeles.
Michael Wilson L.A.County Health Services Dept.

It would be easy to confuse Dr. Mitch Katz with any other doctor at the Roybal Comprehensive Health Center in East Los Angeles. His desk in a closet-sized, windowless office is littered with patient records, X-rays and cans of Diet Coke.

His everyman demeanor belies his stature. As director of the county's Department of Health Services, Katz, 52, oversees Los Angeles' public hospitals and clinics, the health care of last resort for millions of low-income Angelenos. He oversees 22,000 employees and a $3.7 billion-dollar budget.

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3:34pm

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

USDA: New Case Of Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 6:25 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has confirmed a case of Mad Cow disease in a cow in central California. It is the fourth case found in the country in recent years.

The animal was a dairy cow and "at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," U.S.D.A. Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford said in a statement.

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2:55pm

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Cardboard Prom Dress Is Just The Right Fit For This Young Woman

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Maura Pozek in her latest creation.
Steve Pozek (her dad)

Why did Missouri teen Maura Pozek make her prom dress out of cardboard and paper bags?

Because after fashioning the previous two years' outfits out of Doritos bags and soda can tabs, "I had to top myself somehow."

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2:37pm

Tue April 24, 2012
All Politics are Local

McConnell Highlights Tough Job Market for Grads

In a push to younger voters, President Barack Obama is touring college campuses this week to discuss the problems of student loan debt. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is blaming the president for the poor job market that college graduates enter. Interest rates for subsidized Stafford Loans are set to double this summer, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The White House projects more than 7.5 million students will face steeper debt if lawmakers don’t act to freeze the interest rate.

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2:34pm

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

With 'Drive,' Google Joins The Cloud Storage War

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 2:44 pm

Google Drive.
Google

After years of speculation and rumor, today Google announced Google Drive, a new service that allows users to store data on the cloud.

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2:25pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bird Flu Scientist Has Applied For Permit To Export Research

The Dutch scientist at the center of the controversy over recent bird flu experiments says that his team applied for government permission today to submit a paper describing their research to a science journal.

The Dutch government has asserted that the studies, which describe how to make bird flu virus more contagious, fall under regulations that control the export of weapons technology.

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2:19pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Bill Clinton Speaks at Rupp Arena

Clinton greeted Tresine Logsdon, left, Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council teacher facilitator, Henry Clay senior Jane Brady Knight, who invited Clinton to the event, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
David Perry/Lexington Herald-Leader

In a post-Earth Day address Monday, former President Bill Clinton encouraged Fayette County students to follow through on their efforts to ensure that people and nature exist in harmony. In an address to 5,000 to 6,000 students, teachers, parents and politicians at Rupp Arena, the 42nd U.S. president praised the efforts of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, a coalition of students that promotes environmental awareness. The students encourage others to conserve energy and try to live in a way that doesn't deplete resources.

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