2:26pm

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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2:19pm

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.

2:19pm

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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2:17pm

Tue March 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

Lawmakers Propose Tax Relief for Storm Victims

Kentucky lawmakers are planning to help home and business owners in tornado-stricken areas. Earlier this month, tornadoes ripped through Northern and Eastern Kentucky, causing millions of dollars in damage. But lawmakers are working on legislation to give storm victims refunds on sales tax for building materials. The plan addresses a concern that people won’t rebuild destroyed towns.

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2:13pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Education

Schools Reopen in Temporary Locations

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear talked with West Liberty Elementary School kindergartners on Monday in their new temporary classroom, located in a former warehouse.
Herald-Leader

Morgan County reached another milepost on the road to recovery Monday as 1,900 public school students returned to classes for the first time since the March 2 tornado ravaged the community. The start of classes was especially triumphant for the staff and students of West Liberty Elementary School. Their school was destroyed, so they resumed their studies in the manufacturing and warehouse space formerly occupied by Boneal Inc.

2:09pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Business and the Economy

Toyota President in Savoy's Top 100

TMMK President Will James makes a presentation during Toyota's celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Georgetown plant.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. President Will James has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. The Savoy Top 100 can be found in its 11th Anniversary Spring issue and is considered the definitive listing of African-American influencers and achievers impacting corporate America.

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1:20pm

Tue March 20, 2012
The Two-Way

NYTimes.com Cuts Free Articles To 10 Per Month, From 20

To "strengthen our ability to continue providing the world's most insightful and investigative reporting in journalism," The New York Times says that starting in April it will limit non-paying NYTimes.com visitors to 10 free articles per month, down from the current 20.

The Times adds that:

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1:20pm

Tue March 20, 2012
The Picture Show

Frida Kahlo's Private Stash Of Pictures

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:56 am

Frida Kahlo with Fulang Chang, circa 1938
Florence Arquin Courtesy of Artisphere

Our collective mental image of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has been informed, mostly, by the vibrant self-portraits she painted over the years. But she also had a collection of photographs — about 6,500 of them — that were held privately for decades after her death at the request of her husband, Diego Rivera.

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1:02pm

Tue March 20, 2012
State Capitol

Debt Limit Hits Road Block in House

A proposal to cap Kentucky's debt has hit a roadblock in the House. The House Appropriations and Revenue committee took up Senate Bill 1 today. The bill wouldn't allow the state to accrue debt worth more than six percent of the general fund revenue, but doesn't cap debt in the road fund or most education budgets. The bill easily sailed through the Senate, a point bill sponsor Senator Joe Bowen made to the House committee.

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12:50pm

Tue March 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Peyton Manning Reaches Deal With Denver

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 3:34 pm

Former Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning (left) talks with Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos in 2010. Manning will be taking Tebow's job.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Update at 3:35 p.m. ET: It's official. Peyton Manning is indeed joining the Denver Broncos. He's talking with reporters in Denver right now.

Our Original Post:

"And they have a deal," The Denver Post reports. "An NFL source confirmed Tuesday morning the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning have agreed to a five-year, $96 million deal."

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