Tue March 6, 2012

Cash For Hits Has Some Calling Foul on NFL



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We are going to spend some time today talking about two issues in the news that are on a lot of people's minds, and they both touch on violence. Later in our parenting segment, we are going to talk about what we really know about why young people turn to deadly violence. We're thinking about this, of course, after that school shooting in Ohio that left three students dead.

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Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan Man Sues Movie Theater Because Of High Price Of Concessions

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:59 am

Patrons at AMC Burbank 16 theater in Burbank, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian AP

Few would argue that the prices at movie theater concessions are a bit high: $11 for a Coke and popcorn, $6 for a box of gummy worms. Few would argue that it seems excessive.

As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, it may seem "like highway robbery, but is it actually unlawful?"

Joshua Thompson, a Michigan man in his 20s, is putting that question to the test by filing a class action lawsuit against his local AMC theater alleging the theater is price gouging.

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Tue March 6, 2012
State Capitol

House Panel Passes UPike Compromise Plan

A bill creating a new scholarship fund from coal severance tax monies has cleared a House committee Tuesday morning. The scholarships have evolved from an original proposal that would have added the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But the UPIKE proposal didn’t have the votes to pass, so lawmakers settled on a compromise.

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Tue March 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Insurance Claims Pour in From Damage

Volunteers helped clear debris and look for salvageable belongings in what was once a mobile home owned by Aaron Keith. The mobile home was destroyed 2/29/2012 when a suspected tornado moved through Russell County.
Bill Estep/The Herald-Leader

Claims for damage from Friday's round of deadly tornadoes and hailstorms are pouring into Kentucky insurance agents by the thousands. By mid-afternoon Monday, Kentucky Farm Bureau, one of the state's largest property insurers, had received more than 9,000 claims, said Greg Kosse, a spokesman for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. "We anticipate those numbers are going to go up significantly," Kosse said.


Tue March 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Bill Tries to Bolster Wine Business

Dennis Walter, who owns StoneBrook Winery, Camp Springs, uses a pneumatic corking machine to set corks in bottles of pear wine. A bill filed by Rep. Dennis Keene would provide for separate liquor licenses.
Patrick Reddy/The Kentucky Enquirer

Dan Bryan wanted to open a wine bar but the cost shocked him. Just to get a liquor license could cost more than $25,000. That’s why Bryan and local leaders support a bill introduced by State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, that would create a separate liquor license to sell wine by the drink and by the package in wine bars. Winemakers hope this will lead to more bars devoted to wine, particularly Kentucky wine. The state’s wine industry has grown in the past 15 years from four wineries to 65 across the state.


Tue March 6, 2012

In 'Shatner's World,' Stories About Acting, Loss, Life

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 10:32 am

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career.
Joan Marcus

William Shatner has played an attorney, a starship captain, an alien and a Roman tax collector, among many other roles. Over the past half-century, the Canadian actor has performed on television, in commercials, in movies and on Broadway — and penned several novels.

He recently returned to Broadway for the first time in over 40 years with a new solo show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It. In the 90-minute performance, Shatner talks about his childhood growing up in Montreal and reflects on his many acting roles with an assortment of photos and video clips.

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Tue March 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Officials Confident in FEMA Aid

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials Monday toured the homes in southern Kenton County devastated by the severe storm on Friday that produced the EF3 tornado. Storm victims might get federal aid within a week if President Barack Obama declares a federal emergency, officials said. Gov. Steve Beshear has requested an expedited federal disaster declaration. FEMA will inspect damage in Grant County on Tuesday and might also inspect Pendleton County, officials said.


Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Alleged Leader Of Hacker Group Lulzsec Pleads Guilty

The Lulzsec icon on Twitter.

A man alleged by the government to be the leader of the hacker collective Lulzsec has pleaded guilty to undertaking cyber attacks against companies such as Paypal, eBay and MasterCard.

Reuters reports:

"Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as 'Sabu,' was charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and other crimes in court papers in Manhattan federal court.

"The charges were filed via a criminal information, which means the suspect has likely been cooperating with the government."

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Tue March 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tornado Traveled More Than 90 Miles

Friday's tornado as it approached West Liberty. Kent Nickell photographed the tornado from his yard on Riverside Drive in West Liberty as it approached the city.
Kent Nickell

A killer tornado probably traveled more than 90 miles as it shredded houses and toppled trees in a path that stretched 60 miles through Kentucky and more than 30 miles into West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado started in Menifee County, then ripped through Morgan County, the northern tip of Johnson County and Lawrence County before crossing into West Virginia, said Shawn Harley, chief meteorologist for the Jackson office of the weather service.


Tue March 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Before Leaving The Hospital, Consult Your Checklist

Checklists aren't just for doctors.

When checking into a hospital, patients naturally worry whether their visit will go well. But leaving the hospital safely can sometimes present an even trickier challenge.

Patients are going home sooner and sicker than ever before. And without clear and comprehensive instructions about what to do after a hospital stay, they may wind up back in the hospital, or worse.

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