Thu April 19, 2012

City Worker Compensation in Lexington

The debate over how to best compensate city workers in Lexington continues.  The urban county council wants to re-work the system.   An attempt was made several years,owever, that effort failed and Lexington’s about to try again. Glenda George, who’s with the Law Department, says they’ve identified another consultant.  “We’ve reached a point where we should hire to assist us in evaluating our current evaluation system..and to make recommendations about what we should do..going forward,” said George.

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Thu April 19, 2012
The Salt

Starbucks Ditches Bug-Based Red Dye In Strawberry Drink

By June, this drink will be bug-free, Starbucks says
Armstrong Photo Starbucks

For those of you boycotting Starbucks over the red dye made from crushed bugs it's been using, this Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® is for you.

As we reported last month, vegetarians and others who'd rather not eat insects protested when they found out the the company uses cochineal, the red "juice" a tiny white bug called Dactylopius coccus exudes when crushed, to color certain food and drinks.

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Thu April 19, 2012
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Observes Work Zone Safety Campaign

A split second of driver distraction can turn a highway work zone into a death zone. Each year, more 40,000 people in the United States are injured in highway work zones, and hundreds are killed. The average is a death every 13 hours and hundreds of injuries every 13 minutes. During the past three years in Kentucky, 16 people died and 285 people were injured in highway construction and maintenance work zones, according to a Transportation Cabinet press release.

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Thu April 19, 2012
State Capitol

Senate has Concerns About Passing Pill Bill

The Democratic-led House passed a measure Wednesday that supporters hope will curtail Kentucky's prescription pill addiction, but the bill's future in the Republican-led Senate remains uncertain. House Bill 1 would allow only doctors to own pain clinics and would move the state's prescription electronic monitoring system from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to Attorney General Jack Conway's office. But many of the "no" votes in the House, where the bill passed 70-28, were cast by Republicans, who questioned whether the attorney general's office was given too much power over the state's doctors.


Thu April 19, 2012

Beshear Vetoes $50 Million in Funding for Roads

The Kentucky Senate will approve a $4.5 billion operating budget for the Transportation Cabinet on Friday and end a special legislative session that began Monday, Senate President David Williams said late Wednesday. The announcement came after Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a two-year road plan, but not before vetoing about $50 million in funding for road projects in or near Senate President David Williams' Southern Kentucky Senate district. Williams said Beshear's vetoes were "vindictive and unconstitutional. But since he just directed them at me, we will proceed."


Thu April 19, 2012
The Commonwealth

Eggners Ferry Bridge Hearings Continue

Foss Maritime company officials and the second mate of the Delta Mariner cargo ship provided testimony Wednesday in the third day of the U. S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) public hearings in the Eggners Ferry Bridge incident investigation. The hearing is being held in Paducah. The Coast Guard and NTSB are determining which entities or individuals may be at fault for the Jan. 26 night-time crash that knocked out a 322-ft. section of the bridge near Aurora. The hearings are not a trial, but are part of a formal inquiry that could lead to sanctions if anyone is found to be in violation of proper procedure and conduct.


Thu April 19, 2012
Digital Life

Young People Turn From Kony To Spooning Record

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 3:50 pm

In 2010, more than 500 students at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., hit the campus green to break the world record for spooning. On Friday, students at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., plan to claim the record.
Maia Rodriguez Courtesy of Northfield.org

Students at the College of William & Mary are talking about a big extracurricular event being held on their campus on Friday. Organized largely through social media, more than 600 students at the prestigious Virginia campus have signed up to participate.

It's not about Joseph Kony. It's an attempt to break the world record for spooning, set by Carleton College back in 2010.

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Thu April 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When It Comes To A1C Blood Test For Diabetics, One Level No Longer Fits All

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 2:38 pm

A person with diabetes may need to test blood glucose levels up to 10 times a day.
Isaac Santillan iStockphoto.com

If there's one thing that people with diabetes get pounded into their heads, it's that they've got to keep their A1C level under control. That's the blood glucose measure that's used to decide how well a person is managing their diabetes.

But new diabetes management guidelines announced today will cut many people with diabetes some slack.

Where old guidelines from the American Diabetes Association said that people should maintain an A1C of 7, the new guidelines say that patients should work with their doctors to determine an appropriate A1C target.

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Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTO: President Obama Sits In Rosa Parks Bus

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 1:34 pm

President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich. on Wednesday.
Pete Souza The White House

During his trip to Detroit, yesterday, President Obama visited the Henry Ford Museum and had the opportunity to sit in the bus where in 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make way for a white customer. That moment sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and fueled the civil rights movement that made it possible for Barack Obama to become president.

Today, the White House's photographer Pete Souza tweeted a picture of the moment:

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Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida Governor Appoints Task Force To Review 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed a task force on Thursday charged with reviewing the state's gun laws, including the so-called "stand your ground law," that came into controversial focus after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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