10:56am

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Man Uses iPad, Not Passport, To Gain Entry To U.S.

A Canadian man has been making headlines because he used an image of his passport saved on his iPad — instead of the official document itself — to cross the U.S.-Canadian border two times.

Martin Reisch, 33, says he forgot his passport when he left for a car trip across the border in Quebec. But he had an iPad with him, and it contained a scan of his passport. So Reisch gave the device to the U.S. border officer, along with his drivers' license, and the explanation that he was merely driving to Vermont, to drop off some Christmas presents.

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10:45am

Wed January 4, 2012
State Capitol

Wife of Injured Lawmaker Sworn into Office

Rep. Regina Bunch of Williamsburg, wife of Dewayne Bunch, recited the Pledge of Allegiance as the 2012 General Assembly opened.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald Leader

Regina Bunch spent much of her first afternoon as the newest member of the Kentucky House of Representatives receiving congratulations and words of encouragement from the chamber's other 99 members. "Their generosity is just humbling," Bunch said of the warm reception she received Tuesday from Republicans and Democrats. The seventh-grade teacher at Whitley County Middle School never wanted to seek public office. Her husband, Dewayne Bunch, resigned his seat last year after being injured during a fight at Whitley County High School. Dewayne Bunch, a math and science teacher at the school, had stepped in to stop a fight between two students in April and suffered serious head injuries.

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10:41am

Wed January 4, 2012
State Capitol

Casinos, Redistricting Dominate Day One

Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins D-Sandy Hook introduced legislation during the first day of the 2012 General Assembly at State Capitol, in Frankfort, Ky., on Jan. 3.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky House and Senate leaders said Tuesday, the opening day of the 2012 General Assembly, that they hope to approve changes to the boundaries of state legislative and congressional districts early in the session. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he would like the Democratic-controlled House to pass its redistricting plan by early next week.

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10:38am

Wed January 4, 2012
State Capitol

Legislature Opens with Redistricting Talks

State Senators John Schickel (R-Union), left, and Jack Westwood (R-Erlanger) confer in the Senate chamber on the first day of the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

An agenda laden with redrawing political boundaries, a tough state budget and many other issues greeted state legislators as they convened Tuesday for the first day of the three-month regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. “This is my sixth year, and this is probably the biggest agenda of issues that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said state Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger. “Hopefully the spirit of cooperation exists, and we can plow through a lot of this stuff.”

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10:35am

Wed January 4, 2012
Election 2012

Not Everyone Is Basking In Iowa's Afterglow

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 4:33 pm

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who got just 5 percent of the vote in Iowa's caucuses, referred to herself Tuesday as the "true conservative who can and who will defeat Barack Obama in 2012." On Wednesday, she bowed out of the race.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Iowa proved a road to victory for Mitt Romney, but it was a road to nowhere for Michele Bachmann.

"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside," Bachmann said Wednesday at a West Des Moines news conference. The Minnesota congresswoman decided to end her 2012 presidential bid after finishing sixth in Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa — the state where she was born and where, just five months ago, she won a Republican straw poll in Ames.

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10:31am

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Orders To U.S. Factories Increased By 1.8 Percent In November

The United States saw an 1.8 percent uptick in orders to factories in November, marking a four-month high and signaling continued economic recovery. The Commerce Department also revised the data for Ocotber, which recorded a 0.2 percent drop.

Bloomberg reports:

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10:14am

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Afghan President Says He Supports Talks With Taliban

Afghanistan's president said his country would back a deal, which might allow the Taliban to open an office in Qatar where they could hold peace talks with the United States and Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan agrees with negotiations between United States of America and the Taliban which will result in the establishment of an office for Taliban in Qatar," President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday.

The AP adds:

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10:13am

Wed January 4, 2012
All Politics are Local

Perennial Gubernatorial Candidate Dead at 64

Lexington Herald Leader

Kentucky political figure and perennial gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith has died, according to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.Dea Riley, Galbraith's running mate in the 2011 gubernatorial election, posted the following message on her Facebook page Wednesday morning."Dear Friends, I have just been notified that Gatewood passed away last night. I am heading to Lexington to be with his family. Please say a prayer for his family and friends and all those who loved him."Galbraith, 64, ran unsuccessfully for governor 7 times. He was a Lexington criminal defense attorney. Dea Riley told Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel she would to carry-on in his place.

10:10am

Wed January 4, 2012
Election 2012

Confident Romney, Bolstered Santorum Head To N.H.

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 12:33 pm

Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen, attend a rally Tuesday night in Johnston, Iowa.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The photo finish in Iowa — officially, Mitt Romney bested Rick Santorum by only eight votes — has catapulted Santorum into the front ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls.

"This is huge news for Santorum," says Charlie Arlinghaus, who directs a conservative think tank in New Hampshire. "I don't think there's a way to spin the results without saying he's the big winner tonight."

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10:04am

Wed January 4, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

18 Alleged Dealers Charged in Pike Raid

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb escorts Bobby Bowling, 26, of Elkhorn City, into the Pike County Detention Center following a drug roundup on Tuesday. Bowling and several others were arrested in the bust, which targeted 18 people.
Chris Anderson Appalachian News-Express

A drug roundup in Pike County resulted in the arrest of nearly a dozen people on Tuesday. According to a statement from Operation UNITE, 10 people were arrested in Tuesday’s round-up which sought the arrest of 18 people suspected of drug trafficking.

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