7:30am

Fri April 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Board Recommends Marine Be Discharged For Comments About Obama

Sgt. Gary Stein.
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A U.S. Marine sergeant who posted "contemptuous" comments and images about President Obama on the Web should be dismissed and given an other-than-honorable discharge, a Marine Corps administrative board recommended late Thursday evening.

The case against Sgt. Gary Stein, 26, has raised questions about how far the military can go to restrict the First Amendment rights of its personnel.

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6:55am

Fri April 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Rate Likely Held Steady At 8.3 Percent In March, Economists Say

The morning's major news, if all goes as planned, will be the 8:30 a.m. ET release of the March jobs and unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to Reuters, economists expect we'll hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 8.3 percent and that private and public employers added about 200,000 jobs to their payrolls. The jobless rate's recent peak was 10 percent, in October 2009.

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6:35am

Fri April 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Jailer Takes Inmate On Golfing Trip

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 6:36 am

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6:21am

Fri April 6, 2012
Europe

Speed Trap Nabs Driver Who Suggested It

A Swedish man got tired of drivers speeding through his neighborhood. Henrik Ismarker sent a Twitter message to the Stockholm police asking them to step up enforcement. The next day, according to a local news organization, police were on duty. A cop pulled over a speeding car, and the driver turned out to be the very same guy who had complained.

5:30am

Fri April 6, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Raw Sewage Released Into the Ohio River

The Metropolitan Sewer District has reported a release of 2.5 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Ohio River. The cause was an electrical malfunction yesterday morning. Most of the sewage from homes and businesses in the Beargrass Creek watershed goes to the seven-year-old Starkey Pump Station in Butchertown, which sends sewage to the Morris Forman Treatment Plant. The problem began at Starkey.

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5:27am

Fri April 6, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Masterson Station Playground Opens

New "Destination" Park at Masterson Station
Josh James

Kids and families eager for some fun in the sun this summer will have a large new playground at Masterson Station Park to visit. Elementary school kids bussed in to help Lexington Mayor Jim Gray officially open the new Masterson playground wasted no time trying out all the new equipment. Jett Pennington’s favorite? "So far, it's that thing," he says, pointing to an upright circular piece of equipment, "it's the spinny thing, that spins around and you have to hold on and it goes upside down."

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5:15am

Fri April 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Deadline Approaches for Disaster Assistance

April 16 is the last day that individuals in 21 Kentucky counties can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for weather-related jobless benefits. Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on March 16 that individuals in the affected counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred Feb. 29 – March 3, may be eligible for DUA.

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5:12am

Fri April 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Commission Donates to Rebuild West Liberty

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is giving $100,000 to help begin the process of rebuilding the city of West Liberty and Morgan County following the devastating March 2 tornadoes. The combined ARC funding includes $50,000 from the ARC 2012 Distressed County funds and $50,000 from the ARC co-chair’s account. The funds will be used to hire an architect to develop a conceptual plan for the professional rebuilding of the city of West Liberty and Morgan County.

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5:10am

Fri April 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Firm to Bring 125 Jobs to Campbellsville

Serco, a travel and hospitality company, is expanding its reach in the industry by creating 125 jobs at its Campbellsville center. The international service company acquired Intelenet Global Services last year in order to partner global travel with hospitality services for worldwide clientele. “Kentucky welcomes Serco’s growth and success in Campbellsville,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement.

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5:08am

Fri April 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Businesses Cash in on UK's Win

Employee Nic Johnson carried an armload of championship shirts at Fan Outfitters in the Tates Creek Centre on Tates Creek Rd. at Man O War Blvd. in Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, April 04, 2012.
Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader

If there's one universal truth, surely it's that dogs can't be cats. Right? Wrong. It turns out that in the wake of the University of Kentucky's eighth men's basketball championship, even dogs can dress as the Cats, courtesy of Fan Outfitters and its line of UK T-shirts for dogs. The canine clothing is one of numerous ways a variety of Lexington businesses, including restaurants, banks, local media and the post office, are cashing in on the Cats' victory. "I've never seen anything like it," said Joe Kawaja, president of Lexington-based collegiate retailer Fan Outfitters. "Fourteen years of pent-up demand is a great thing."

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