Thu January 19, 2012
State Capitol

Potential Impact on Eastern

Officials with public universities around the state are trying to prepare for what is certain to be another cut in funding.  Such cuts may result in changes to staffing and student services. Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock has led the Richmond school through a number of funding cuts stretching back to 2007.  Governor Beshear is suggesting higher education support be reduced by six point four percent.  For E-K-U that would mean about four and a half million dollars.  Whitlock has implemented a hiring freeze and expects the workforce to be smaller next year.  The Eastern president is not anticipating layoffs, but does expect fewer employees through retirements and people leaving.  Whitlock says the size of classes could change.

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Thu January 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Spot Quiz: Name The Health Issue That Affects 1 In 5 Americans


The correct answer is mental illness.

Mental illnesses are among the most common health problems facing Americans, with 20 percent of adults having a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. That's according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Thu January 19, 2012
The Salt

Big-City Mayors Dig In To Food Policy

Farmer's markets are just one part of Baltimore's food programs.

Food policy can sound like a dreary enterprise best left to Washington, D.C. But big-city mayors are starting to see local food policy as a key step in getting healthy, affordable food to their constituents.

This afternoon, the mayors of America are meeting in Washington, D.C., to launch their own food policy task force. The goal is to share information on projects that work, and also make sure that federal food policy doesn't muck up those local efforts.

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Thu January 19, 2012
Music Interviews

Were You 'Born To Run'? Springsteen As Workout Motivator

Does Clarence Clemons' sax and Bruce Springsteen's voice motivate you to hit the pavement?
Eric Meola


Thu January 19, 2012
Digital Life

This App Was Made For Walking — But Is It Racist?

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 7:03 pm


Microsoft is under fire this week over a patent it was granted that's been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" feature for GPS devices.

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Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Ski Pioneer Sarah Burke Succumbs To Practice Injury

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 5:27 pm

Sarah Burke of Canada is airborne as she competes in the women's halfpipe freestyle event at the World Cup finals in Valmalenco, Italy in 2008.
Giovanni Auletta AP

Freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke died this morning at the University of Utah Medical Center from injuries suffered nine days ago while practicing the sport she championed.

"Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved," says a statement from the medical center. "In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others."

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Thu January 19, 2012
It's All Politics

In South Carolina, The Cain Train Is Back

The Herman Cain tour bus in South Carolina.
Arnie Seipel NPR

NPR's Arnie Seipel came upon something unexpected in Charleston, S.C. and he sent this picture of it:

Yep. The Cain Train is back in South Carolina and he's getting help from comedian Stephen Colbert, who as we've noted, announced his intention to run for President of South Carolina.

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Thu January 19, 2012

Rock And A Hard Place: What To Do With Concordia

Technician Andera Faccioli positioned a laser-equipped device to determine whether the Costa Concordia has shifted position off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

What do you do with a 1,000-foot wreck that's full of fuel and half-submerged on a rocky ledge in the middle of an Italian marine sanctuary? Remove it. Very carefully.

The wreck of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, which ran aground last week, is not unlike a car accident. The first order of business is determining whether it's worth repairing or it gets junked. Then there are the questions of how best to go about it – and who pays.

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Thu January 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's First 2012 TV Ad Defends Energy Record, Dings Koch Bros

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 5:00 pm


Thu January 19, 2012
Monkey See

Fox International Finds That Not Everyone Wants To Buy What Hollywood Sells

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 10:16 pm

Stephanie Sigman as Laura, a beauty queen drawn into a Mexican drug gang, in the film Miss Bala.
Eniac Martinez Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Remember that movie Sarah's Key? Did you miss it? It was last year's highest grossing foreign-language film, but it made less than eight million dollars. The fact is that selling foreign language films to U.S. audiences is a notorious challenge. Nevertheless, Fox, one of the world's most powerful media conglomerates, is beefing up its investment in foreign films.

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