2:30pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Education

Student Athlete Scholarship Limit Remains

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals says the 25 percent cap on private high school tuition that can be covered by merit-based scholarships will remain in place. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association sets regulations that all member high schools must comply with.  When this regulation was set in 2007, the cap was meant to prevent schools from buying students to play for their school, said Commissioner Julian Tackett. Several private schools were involved in writing the regulation, he said.

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2:24pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Money Directed to Research Fatal Bat Disease

Congress is directing an additional four million dollars to researching a disease that is killing bats all over the southeast, including many in Kentucky. White-nose Syndrome is a fungus that has infected and killed more than a million bats since it was discovered five years ago. Nina Fascione is the executive director of Bat Conservation International. She says extra funds for fighting the mysterious disease will definitely be useful.

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2:02pm

Thu December 29, 2011
It's All Politics

Undecided In Iowa: Potential Caucus-Goers Doing Serious Work Before Tuesday

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 6:25 am

Katherine Burns (center)
Becky Lettenberger NPR

As we continued our Iowa travels in the days leading up to next week's presidential caucuses here, NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger and I have been struck by the utter seriousness of the state's Republican voters.

Presidential caucus seasons past have often been marked by fun and some frivolity at campaign events: Funny T-shirts and hats, jokes and punch lines offered up by candidates, a sense of hope and anticipation.

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1:55pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Iran Much In Mind As U.S. Wraps Up $30B Sale Of Fighters To Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 1:57 pm

The news that the U.S. has finalized a deal to sell nearly $30 billion worth of F-15SA fighter jets and other equipment to Saudi Arabia comes, as every story about the agreement says, as America and its allies seek to further isolate and pressure Iran so long as that Persian nation continues to be a threat to others in the region.

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1:50pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Picture Show

Snow-Wash: North Korea Doctored Photos Of Kim's Funeral

The funeral procession of Kim Jong Il brought back memories of an era when images of Communist propaganda were ubiquitous. The visual backbone of the images or illustrations were usually order and symmetry, enacted on a grand scale.

Wednesday's event was no exception. An overall view of the snowy procession had it all: the framed image of Kim Jong Il in the foreground, the masses of mourners lined neatly on the sidelines, the motorcade in perfect sync and the order that is associated with a totalitarian regime — a regime with access to Photoshop.

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1:37pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Business

Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports

For the first time in more than six decades, the United States is exporting more gasoline and diesel than it imports.

To be clear, we're talking about finished petroleum products, not crude oil. The U.S. still imports about half the crude it consumes.

Refineries are touting this new export statistic — after all, gasoline and diesel are manufactured products. They say a boost in exports keeps more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. But one reason exports are increasing is that demand for gas in this country is declining.

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1:24pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Avastin Falls Short In Treatment Of Ovarian Cancer

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 1:25 pm

Richard Morgenstein Genentech

Cancer-fighter Avastin just came up short as a treatment for ovarian tumors.

Two studies found that the drug, which blocks the formation of new blood vessels, didn't extend the lives of patients with ovarian cancer.

Avastin did slow the progression of the cancers a little bit. But the patients getting Avastin as part of treatment with several medicines had more side effects, including blood clots and high blood pressure, than the people who didn't get it.

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1:10pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Surprise Headline Of The Day: Gadhafi's Daughter 'Eyeing Asylum In Israel'

Originally published on Sat December 31, 2011 12:24 pm

Aisha Gadhafi in 2006.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Stay with us for a minute while we walk through the reporting chain:

The Los Angeles Times writes today that former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's 35-year-old daughter Aisha is "reportedly eyeing asylum in Israel."

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1:10pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Chávez: Maybe The U.S. Is Giving Cancer To Leftist Leaders

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 6:25 pm

A handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency, shows President Hugo Chávez speaking with members of the Army during a military ceremony in Caracas on Wednesday.
AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez mused that the United States might be behind his cancer and that of other leftist leaders in Latin America.

Reuters reports:

"'It would not be strange if they had developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it until now ... I don't know. I'm just reflecting,' he said in a televised speech to troops at a military base.

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1:04pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Comer Supports Hemp Farming

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner-elect James Comer is planning to support legislation to allow industrial hemp farming. The bill has been pre-filed in the General Assembly to legalize the controversial practice. Comer supports the measure and says he will make it part of his legislative package once he takes office next week. But a federal waiver would still be required before hemp farming could begin.

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