3:00pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Politics

Former Sen. Specter Turns To Stand-Up

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Some former members of Congress run for president. Others shift gears to stand-up comedy. Take former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, please.

ARLEN SPECTER: So, I've been in the Senate for 30 years practicing comedy.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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2:56pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Music Interviews

Dry The River: Songs Of Cardiac Anatomy

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 3:43 pm

A veteran of punk bands, Dry the River's Peter Liddle (center) began playing acoustic guitar to keep quiet as a med student.
Courtesy of the artist

2:44pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Education

UK Provost Leaving for UMass Amherst

Kumble Subbaswamy, who has served as the provost of the University of Kentucky since 2006 is leaving to accept the Chancellorship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; the school announced Monday. Subbaswamy was one of four finalists for the position. In a release the Amherst Board of Trustees, describes Dr. Subbaswamy as "a proven academic leader who will guide the Amherst campus to new heights...he has the experience, vision, intellect and drive to move the flagship campus forward."

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2:37pm

Tue March 27, 2012
State Capitol

Senate Committee Passes Road Plan Changes

The Kentucky Senate is proposing a change in funding for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Governor Steve Beshear’s road budget calls for $50 million in spending on new bridges and reconfigured highway interchanges in Louisville. Both the House and Beshear favor using a mix of bonds and federal highway maintenance funds to do so. Senate Transportation Chairman Ernie Harris says his chamber prefers to use bonds almost exclusively to fund the project.

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2:36pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Giant Colon Opens to Tourists

A large, inflatable replica of a human colon made a stop today in Lexington.   The colon, which is big enough to explore, was set up just outside the Fayette County Health Clinic.  Jessica Jackson, who’s with the health department, says they hope to excite the curiosity of passers-by.  “Well the benefit of something like this is to allow clients and patients and the public to come through and see the visual of actual colon cancer developing cause a lot of people can’t see inside their colons so once they walk through this inflatable colon they have a chance to see the actual diseases that grow inside the colon,” said Jackson.

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2:35pm

Tue March 27, 2012
State Capitol

Lawmakers Attempt Compromise on Dropout Bill

Kentucky lawmakers are trying again to raise the state’s dropout age. Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with parents’ permission. But lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear have pushed to raise the dropout age to 18, regardless of parental consent. The latest proposal before the legislature would let local school boards decide  whether to adopt the higher dropout age. But once 70 districts opt in, it will become mandatory statewide.

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2:31pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Spring Allergies Arrive Early

Dr. Clark Bailey's patients don't have to tell him how miserable their allergies are this year. As a fellow sufferer, he knows the feeling. The spring allergy season normally gets under way right about now, but many sufferers have been sneezing for a month or more. Allergy sufferers can thank a mild winter with a lot of rain for their early symptoms. "I have certainly had them early this year," said Bailey, a general practitioner at Lexington's Central Baptist's Urgent Care. Some of his patients have complained of problems from allergies since February. The spring allergy season normally gets under way right about now, but many sufferers have been sneezing for a month or more. Allergy sufferers can thank a mild winter with a lot of rain for their early symptoms.

2:27pm

Tue March 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

KY Joins Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Kentucky will sign an agreement to share and receive prescription drug dispensing data with at least 20 other states, which will help the state monitor prescription drug abuse, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday. The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) program has joined the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program InterConnect (PMP InterConnect), which facilitates the transfer of information to authorized users in other states.

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2:22pm

Tue March 27, 2012
State Capitol

Lawmakers Take Steps in Negotiating Budget

House and Senate leaders have agreed to cut a $30,000 annual living expense for Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. That was one of few noteworthy agreements between the Republican Senate and the Democratic House on the first full day of negotiations over a two-year, $19 billion budget. House and Senate leaders met three times Monday to work out differences between the two budgets. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Robert Leeper, I-Paducah, said early Monday that there are few major differences between the House and Senate budgets. Once some global decisions are made — particularly involving debt — there will be few decisions left to make, he said.

2:20pm

Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Information Will Be Free: Media, Groups Get Around Supreme Court's Rules

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 5:47 pm

While some reporters inside scrambled to get word out, there were plenty of protesters and spectators outside the Supreme Court this morning.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Cameras aren't allowed. There are no broadcasts. No one's supposed to leave the courtroom and then come back in.

As we've said, the U.S. Supreme Court isn't very interested in having its proceedings covered "live" in any way shape or form.

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