3:36pm

Tue April 17, 2012
State Capitol

Transportation Funding Restarts Tolling Debates

The prospect of bridge tolls is once again dominating the discussion of an infrastructure bill in the Kentucky General Assembly. The House Budget Committee passed a road plan funding bill today. But before voting, lawmakers questioned the need for tolls on bridges in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. Committee members asked whether the Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville would be tolled to help fund new spans downtown and in the city's east end. Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says that was discussed, but it’s unlikely.

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3:33pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Politics

Webb-Edgington Falls Behind in Fundraising

One candidate in the GOP primary for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat is shaking off a disappointing fundraising report. State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington was at one point considered the favorite in the crowded field, due to her party connections and early support. But in recent reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Webb-Edgington has fallen behind two other candidates, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie. Both raised more than $200,000.

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3:30pm

Tue April 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Pranksters Put Fake Ensign's Portrait On Pentagon Wall; It Stayed For Months

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 6:15 pm

U.S. Naval Institute

The must-read story of the day if you're into practical jokes has to be The Wall Street Journal's piece headlined "Walk The Prank: Secret Story Of Mysterious Portrait At Pentagon."

As Melissa Block and Audie Cornish will explain later on All Things Considered, last year some pranksters hung a portrait on a hall in the Pentagon with a plaque saying it was "Ensign Chuck Hord. USNA circa 1898. Lost at sea 1908."

There is no such person.

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3:08pm

Tue April 17, 2012
My Guilty Pleasure

The Wrong Crowd: A Tale Of Teens Behaving Badly

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 10:26 am

iStockphoto.com

Meg Wolitzer is the author of a book for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.

In reality, I may be a middle-aged woman with two nearly grown sons, but in my heart I am a teenage girl who has found herself pregnant and doesn't know what to do. For if you came of age, as I did, reading Paul Zindel's My Darling, My Hamburger, then you probably still feel that you know what it's like to be a high school student whose life almost derails.

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2:36pm

Tue April 17, 2012
State Capitol

Williams Asks Beshear to Act on Road Plan

Kentucky Senate President David Williams is renewing his call for Governor Steve Beshear to act quickly on an unfunded road plan that cleared the legislature last week. The road plan outlines the state’s transportation projects for the coming years. Beshear called lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special session after they failed to approve funding for the latest plan. The Senate gaveled in the first day of the special session Monday afternoon, introducing four bills.

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2:34pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

UK Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

Artist's rendering of New Central Residence Hall
EdR

The first bit of dirt has been turned on the University of Kentucky’s first new residence hall since 2005. As Josh James reports, the hall is considered Phase I of a project that could become the largest public/private partnership of its kind at a major university. Only months after its proposal, UK’s New Central Residence Hall – a 600 bed, $30 million dollar investment that university officials hope will be the first step in a plan to revitalize the core of campus – is set to begin construction.

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2:29pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Politics

Beshear Recognized by Magazine

Gov. Steve Beshear has been named “Person of the Year” by the national economic development publication Southern Business & Development magazine. The magazine’s winter 2012 issue, which hit mailboxes this week, applauds Beshear’s leadership in economic development and his ability to get past partisanship to accomplish his goals. It also marks the first time a governor has been named Person of the Year by the publication, according to a press release from Beshear's office.

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2:25pm

Tue April 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Shifting Into Reverse, Detroit Automakers Lose Some Market Share

A worker assembles a Silverado truck on the assembly line at the GM Flint Assembly plant in Michigan.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Chrysler, Ford and General Motors gained market share in the past couple years. Helped by Toyota's much-publicized recalls, the problems that Japanese carmakers faced after last year's earthquake and tsunami, and an improving reputation for the quality of American-made vehicles, Detroit's Big Three grabbed 47 percent of sales last year — up from 45.1 percent in 2010 and 44 percent in 2009.

Our friend Micki Maynard of Changing Gears, though, reports that the Detroit companies' comeback — in terms of market share — may be over.

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2:23pm

Tue April 17, 2012
U.S.

Scandal Puts Secret Service Culture In The Spotlight

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:06 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Over the weekend, scandal overshadowed the president's visit to a hemispheric summit in Colombia. Reports accused 11 U.S. Secret Service agents of cavorting with prostitutes ahead of the president's arrival.

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2:18pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Education

NKU Names New President

Geoffrey Mearns

Geoffrey Mearns says there are several things he won’t do as Northern Kentucky University president. He’ll balk at sitting in a dunk tank during student celebrations, as some colleagues at Cleveland State University have done. And he wouldn’t be too excited about taking a quiz, as NKU President Jim Votruba did this year when he was replaced by a student as “president for a day.” Mearns, 52, will have his chance, starting Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. when NKU’s governing regents are expected to elect him as NKU’s fifth president.

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