1:55pm

Wed December 21, 2011
Monkey See

Callin' Oates: The Hotline You Don't Need (But Might Call Anyway)

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 6:08 pm

John Oates (left) and Daryl Hall (right) of pop duo Hall & Oates, seen here in 1987. These days, they're available on your phone.
Dave Hogan Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Is it pure whimsy that makes something like "Callin' Oates" appealing?

If you pick up your phone and call 719-26-OATES — at least as of this writing — you'll get a computerized woman's voice telling you what numbers to press to hear one of four Hall & Oates songs.

The question, of course, is ... why?

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1:54pm

Wed December 21, 2011
All Politics are Local

EPA Power Plant Rules Released Today

The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil its new pollution rules for power plants this afternoon. The rules were required by court order to be finalized on Friday, but haven’t yet been released to the public. The new standard will reduce the amount of mercury and other heavy metals that are emitted from power plants, but it’s not known by how much.

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1:46pm

Wed December 21, 2011
Education

Kentucky State University Recieves Walmart Grant

Kentucky State University is well under way with a $100,000 grant to help first-generation college students succeed in school. KSU is one 18 schools sharing a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation awarded in February through the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education. Recipients are halfway through a two-year search for ways to keep low-income, minority and first-generation college students in school until graduation day.

1:44pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Police Chief Sues Harrodsburg

Rodney Harlow

Rodney Harlow, who was passed over last week when Harrodsburg City Commission selected Billy Whitenack as police chief, has filed a lawsuit seeking to regain his job. The suit alleges the defendants violated the Policeman’s Bill of Rights and Harlow’s right to due process because they failed to inform Harlow of citizen complaints against him and then used those complaints as grounds for his termination.

1:40pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Iraqi Prime Minister Urges Kurds To Turn Over Vice President

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Kurdish athorities to turn over Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who sought refuge in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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1:38pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Will Release Prisoners

In January, the state will begin releasing prisoners by the hundreds under parole-like supervision guidelines. The move involves prisoners who have six months left on their sentences. However, locally, the move apparently will not have a large immediate impact. Currently, 982 inmates across the state are eligible for release when the program starts Jan. 1, but as many as 3,000 could be set free by the end of 2012.

1:36pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Neighbor Discovers Illegal Trash Dump

Bishop Street resident Dennie Comer, above, said he was surprised to find a large illegal dump site in a well-hidden gully only about 20 yards from his home last week. He's lived at the residence over two years and said he did not realize it was there.

Corbin resident Dennie Comer said he was shocked last week when doing a good deed for a neighbor revealed a massive illegal dump in a gully only about 20 yards from his home. "I thought, whoa! That's a pretty big dump to be right in the middle of Corbin," Comer said. "I was kind of surprised I was living so close to it and never really knew anything about it."

1:29pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Federal Funding to Restore Abandoned Mine Lands

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources has received $46.9 million in funding from the federal government for mitigating the impacts posed by abandoned mine lands in Kentucky. The funding comes from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the U.S. Department of the Interior and will help construct abandoned mine land reclamation and water supply replacement projects, as well as fund the state’s administrative expenses.

1:27pm

Wed December 21, 2011
North Korea In Transition

With Kim's Death, Defectors See Chance For Change

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 9:09 pm

Park Sang-nak, a North Korean defector, displays anti-North Korea leaflets before sending them by balloon into North Korea, at Imjinggak peace park in South Korea near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Wednesday. Defectors from the North are hoping the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may provide an opportunity for political change.
Yang Hoi-Sung AFP/Getty Images

While North Korean mourners trudged through snow in Pyongyang to pay last respects to their "Dear Leader," defectors from the North now in South Korea are celebrating the sudden death of Kim Jong Il, who died from a heart attack this past weekend.

And as the outside world tries to figure out how much control his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, has over the nuclear-armed state, the defectors are focusing on trying to kickstart a revolution in North Korea.

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1:24pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Group Targets Northern Kentucky Pensions

Dozens of Northern Kentucky public employees will be “pension millionaires” once they retire, according to estimates released by a national anti-tax group. The Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America looked at employees of Boone County, Kenton County, the counties’ school districts and Florence. The group’s vice president, Christina Tobin, used a press conference on Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott to accuse Covington officials of refusing to provide salary information for their current employees.

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