12:01am

Fri February 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Again A Front-Runner, But At What Cost?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Brady Industries on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's decisive win over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Florida returned him to the front-runner's spot in the Republican presidential race. Romney emerged from that battle with his strengths, but also his weaknesses, on full display.

Sometimes hard-fought nominating contests produce a more formidable general-election candidate. That's what happened to Barack Obama in 2008. But Dan Schnur, a former Republican strategist, thinks it's too soon to tell if this Republican primary battle will have the same effect.

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6:40pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Komen Defends Itself, Planned Parenthood Rakes In Substitute Funds

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 3:03 pm

Leaders of the breast-cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure tried in vain Thursday to contain the controversy stemming from its decision to end its grants to Planned Parenthood.

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6:05pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Fine Art

The Mona Lisa's Twin Painting Discovered

The original Mona Lisa is on permanent display at the the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
Jean-Pierre Muller Getty Images

The Mona Lisa is one of the most enigmatic and iconic pieces of Western art. It has inspired countless copies, but one replica at the Madrid's Museo del Prado is generating its own buzz: conservators say that it was painted at the same time as the original — and possibly by one of the master's pupils, perhaps even a lover.

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6:04pm

Thu February 2, 2012
State Capitol

Illegal Pain Clinics Target of House Bill

A bill to crack down on illegal pain clinics has been introduced in the Kentucky House. Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, all Democrats, collaborated on the bill. It would transfer the operation of KASPER, a statewide pill tracking system, to the Attorney General’s office. It would also require all doctors practicing in Kentucky to use the system.

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5:50pm

Thu February 2, 2012
U.S.

Families Suffer Through Chicago Morgue Backlog

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 7:08 pm

Workers fill a pauper's grave at Homewood Memorial Gardens, south of Chicago, with remains from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is now catching up on its backlog of indigent burials.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Losing a loved one in any circumstance can be a painful experience, but for some families in Chicago, that pain is being compounded by what's been happening at the Cook County morgue in recent weeks. In the words of one observer, it's "a moral travesty."

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5:04pm

Thu February 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Axelrod Argues Obama Economic Policies Worked, Though There's More To Do

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 12:57 pm

David Axelrod.
Brian Kersey AP

David Axelrod, President Obama's political strategist, has what appears to be — from outside the president's re-election campaign, at least — a problem.

Back in early 2009, when the Obama presidency was still brand new, the president gave that NBC News interview in which he talked about his administration being a "one-term proposition" if the economy didn't snap back in time for his re-election.

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4:30pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Education

University Presidents Talk Budget Cuts

Kentucky’s two largest universities are facing grim futures with more budget cuts planned for the coming years. But the schools' presidents say they can survive.  University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and University of Louisville President James Ramsey addressed the Senate Education Committee today. They did not attempt to talk their way out of proposed 6.4 percent budget cuts. Instead, both men talked highly of their current programs and their ability to survive past budget cuts.

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4:17pm

Thu February 2, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Encouraged with Senate Dropout Bill

Governor Steve Beshear is warming to a modified proposal to raise the high school dropout age. Beshear has long pushed to raise the dropout age to 18. The Senate Education Committee passed a bill today that lets individual school boards opt in to a higher dropout age. It also requires those boards to provide the Kentucky Department of Education with proof that a solid alternative program exists in their districts.

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3:45pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Education

State Board of Education Backs KEAT Resolution

As this year’s battle over the budget develops, there’s a new combatant on the field.    As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, the Kentucky Education Action Team includes many of the special interests involved in education.  The new education advocacy group includes parents, teachers, school administrators, and community leaders.   And, it’s gaining influence.  This week, the state school board this week passed a resolution supporting the group’s position on funding.  It also called upon elected leaders to commit additional money for students.   State school board chair David Karen says there’s power when various voices come together.

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2:32pm

Thu February 2, 2012
The Commonwealth

Campaign Cites 1,200 Drunk Drivers

The holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, resulted in 1,211 citations for drunken driving. The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies, was held Dec. 16 through Jan. 2.

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