6:18pm

Wed April 11, 2012
It's All Politics

House Republican Allen West: '78 to 81' Congressional Democrats Are Communists

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.
AP

Never one to shrink from controversy, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., says he believes scores of his Democratic House colleagues are members of the Communist Party.

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6:06pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Arrested On Murder Charge In Trayvon Martin Case

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 9:13 pm

State Attorney Angela Corey announces that George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Win McNamee Getty Images

George Zimmerman, who says he killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, has been arrested and will face a charge of second-degree murder, says State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor investigating Martin's death.

Corey said that Zimmerman turned himself in to the authorities Wednesday.

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5:51pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Debate

A proposal to establish an ‘affordable housing’ trust fund in Lexington is being met with scrutiny right out of the box.  A proposed increase in auto and home insurance surcharges is contained in an affordable housing task force report.  The proposal calls for increasing the city’s surcharge from five to five and a half percent.   It would amount to a 15 dollar a year insurance premium increase for the average taxpayer.   Urban County Council member Peggy Henson says the increase would generate almost two million dollars annually and offer housing opportunities for about 200 people.

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5:50pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

2 Marines Killed, 2 Injured In Osprey Crash In Morocco

Two U.S. Marines have been killed and two others injured when the V-22 Osprey they were in crashed Wednesday during a training exercise in Morocco.

NPR's Larry Abramson is reporting that the reservists were part of a Marine unit participating in the annual African Lion exercise with the Moroccan military. The two severely injured Marines are being treated in country.

More information about those killed and wounded will be released after the notification of next of kin.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but NPR's Abramson notes:

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5:23pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Your Money

Your (Virtual) Future Self Wants You To Save Up

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 9:22 pm

Professor Hal Hershfield (left), 32, uses a computer program to get an idea of what he might look like at 70 (right).
Chinthaka Herath Courtesy of Hal Hershfield

A retirement crisis is looming. As people live longer, one study finds that half of all households are at risk of coming up short on retirement money. And while many working households may feel they simply don't have enough to spare for retirement, experts say some of the biggest barriers to saving up are psychological.

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5:20pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Election 2012

Romney And Ryan: A Budding Political Bromance

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 8:51 pm

Mitt Romney jokes with Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan during a pancake brunch on April 1 in Milwaukee.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

One of the sharpest dividing lines emerging between President Obama and GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is the budget introduced in Congress by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with its sharp cuts in domestic spending and lower tax rates.

Both sides see it as a winning issue for the fall campaign. The Obama campaign likes to call it the "Romney-Ryan budget" — and Romney hasn't objected.

On the campaign trail in Wisconsin, Ryan was a constant presence with Romney before that state's April 3 Republican primary, which Romney won.

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4:47pm

Wed April 11, 2012
State Capitol

Governor Predicts Passage of Pill Bill

Supporters of a bill that would put more restrictions on prescription pills say they believe the measure will pass soon, despite increased lobbying efforts by doctors to weaken the bill. The bill would move the KASPER prescription tracking system to the Attorney General’s office and strengthen restrictions on pain clinics.  Kentucky lawmakers were unable to pass a compromise version of House Bill 4 before leaving for a veto recess. When they return, they’ll have one day to pass the bill.

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4:46pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Faults UC Davis Administrators, Police In Pepper Spray Incident

Nov. 18, 2011: Occupy protesters get sprayed at University of California Davis.
YouTube

As they sought to quell a November protest at the University of California-Davis, campus police officers' "decision to use pepper spray was not supported by objective evidence and not authorized by policy," according to a review of the incident released Wednesday.

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4:18pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Education

Spate Of Bomb Threats Annoys Pittsburgh Students

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 8:51 pm

Students wait to pass through a security checkpoint at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning on Tuesday. Security has tightened at the school after a string of false bomb threats on the campus.
Larkin Page-Jacobs WESA

Since mid-February, the University of Pittsburgh has received more than 50 bomb threats, and while they've all been false alarms, they have succeeded in disrupting campus life. Tighter security measures are now in place, but the threats continue, and students are wondering how they'll be able to make up class work and prepare for final exams.

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4:04pm

Wed April 11, 2012
State Capitol

Slow Moving Vehicle Bill Signed

Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads.  Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 75 into law today. The bill is in response to the jailing of Amish men in Western Kentucky, who refused to use the orange triangles for religious reasons.

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