Tue March 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Personal Care Home Report

Residents of a personal care home eating at separate tables.
Photo by Kentucky Protection & Advocacy

A state agency that serves as a watchdog for people with disabilities says the Commonwealth is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by placing people with mental illnesses in personal care homes. A personal care home is a long-term care facility for residents who do not need intensive care but do require more than just room and board. There are more than 6,000 personal care home beds in Kentucky. A report issued this week by Kentucky Protection and Advocacy found that people in these facilities are not given opportunities to interact with others or be part of the community.

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Tue March 20, 2012
The Salt

There's More To Fixing Food Deserts Than Building Grocery Stores

Concepsion Alcantar-Alvarez looks through her cart in the check-out line at a Food 4 Less store in Chicago.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

There has been a lot of talk about what's wrong with food deserts. First lady Michelle Obama, for one, says far too many people can't access the fruits and vegetables they need to be healthy.

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Tue March 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicaid And A Tale Of Two Miami Hospitals

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 1:32 pm

Jackson Memorial Hospital is preparing for more Medicaid patients by renovating rooms. Jackson is the area's safety net hospital, which means it doesn't receive reimbursement for quite a bit of the care it gives.
Courtesy of Jackson Health System

The federal health law's expansion of Medicaid will cover some 16 million more Americans in the government program for the poor, if that part of the law survives the legal challenge it faces in the Supreme Court beginning next week.

Florida is leading 25 other states in that challenge, but that hasn't stopped two of Miami's most prominent hospitals from preparing for the Medicaid expansion.

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Tue March 20, 2012
It's All Politics

The Candidates On Tuesday: All Eyes On Illinois, But Campaigning Nationwide

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 4:18 pm

Jim Wilson of Buckingham, Va., who supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, walks past a bus during a Romney campaign stop Monday in Springfield, Ill.
Steven Senne AP

As Illinois Republicans vote in their presidential primary, only one GOP candidate is expected to be in the state. Mitt Romney planned what he hopes to be a victory party Tuesday night in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg.

Newt Gingrich is campaigning in Louisiana, which votes on Saturday.

Ron Paul is in California, which doesn't vote until June.

And Rick Santorum is in Pennsylvania, his home state, which votes on April 24.

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Tue March 20, 2012

Without Parole, Juveniles Face Bleak Life In Prison

Charles Dutton is an award-winning actor. But as a juvenile, he wound up in prison for manslaughter and other crimes.
Andrew Kent Getty Images

We hear a lot about juvenile offenders when they commit a crime — and again, when they're sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison. But not much is known about what happens after the prison gates slam shut.

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Tue March 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Clue In Old Photo Leads To New Search For Amelia Earhart's Plane

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:21 pm

Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

New analysis of a photo taken in 1937 has led investigators to think it might show a piece of the landing gear from aviator Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane, which disappeared in June that year somewhere in the South Pacific.

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Tue March 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tim Couch Signature Bottle Unveiled

Tim Couch Signature Series Bottle
Josh James

Keeneland and Maker’s Mark unveiled the 16th entry in their signature charitable bottle series this morning. The bottle will feature a likeness of UK football great Tim Couch, who said he’s humbled to have been chosen. "So many people before me -- Coach Cal, Coach Hall, Coach Brooks -- have been featured. I'm honored, I really am. It's for a great cause and that's the best thing about it.

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Tue March 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

More Counties Approved for Storm Assistance

Seven additional counties are now eligible for reimbursements to county and local governments to assist in storm recovery, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday. The newly approved counties are Ballard, Johnson, Kenton, LaRue, Pendleton, Trimble, and Wolfe. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now approved 14 counties to receive Public Assistance (PA), which provides reimbursements to county and local governments to repair public infrastructure or to remove storm debris.

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Tue March 20, 2012
State Capitol

House Panel Backs Limits on Cold Meds

On a 10-4 vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved a controversial anti-methamphetamine bill Monday that would limit the amount of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine that Kentuckians could buy without a prescription. Some members supporting the bill said it did not go far enough to attack the meth scourge in Kentucky, but it was a step in the right direction.


Tue March 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Strong 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 4:25 pm

Many people went into the streets after the strong quake rocked Mexico City.
Ronaldo Schemidt AFP/Getty Images

The USGS says an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 hit southwest Mexico today.

The United States Geological Survey says it was 6.2 miles deep and about 120 miles east of Acapulco.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Update at 3:54 p.m. ET. Back To Normal:

NPR's Jason Beaubien, reporting from the Zocalo area of Mexico City, says officials report no deaths and no major damage.

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