3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
NPR Story

Superman, Ja Rule Among 'Leaplings'

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 8:34 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, to the other big story of the day: it's Leap Day, February 29th. The odds of a birthday today: one in 1461.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Leaplings, as they're called, and include motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

TONY ROBBINS: What is it that's shaping that person's ability to contribute?

CORNISH: American rapper and actor Ja Rule.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'M REAL")

JA RULE: (Rapping) I've been thinking about this relationship. And I want to know is this as good it gets 'cause...

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2:58pm

Wed February 29, 2012
All Politics are Local

Bill to Loosen Telephone Regulations

If you are one of the ever-dwindling homes with a traditional land telephone line, you may have to start looking for an alternative. Senate Bill 135, also referred to as the "AT&T Bill," is scheduled to come up before the Senate next week and appears to have the needed support. Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the sponsor of the bill, said he has worked closely with the Public Service Commission to make sure its officials agree with the bill and that the residents of the commonwealth will continue to have adequate phone service.

2:54pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Education

NKU Makes Plea in Frankfort

State Rep. Addia Wuchner talks with Jim Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University, outside the House chamber at the Capitol Building, Frankfort.
Patrick Reddy/The Kentucky Enquirer

Budget cuts proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear would stunt growth at Northern Kentucky University and in the surrounding job market, the university’s leadership told lawmakers Tuesday. But state legislators appeared pessimistic about finding funding in the two-year budget the General Assembly must pass this year. Beshear’s proposed budget would cut state funding to public universities by 6.4 percent, which equals $3.2 million for NKU on top of $6 million worth of cuts from the previous six years.

2:52pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Education

A Dozen Schools Promise a Deeper Partnership

A half-dozen university and college presidents who's signatures created the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.
Charles Compton WEKU News

A dozen universities and colleges in central and eastern Kentucky have strengthened their partnership.  During a signing ceremony today, they created the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.  Among them are Morehead State, the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU President Doug Whitlock says the agreement remove many of the barriers that separate these institutions.

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2:49pm

Wed February 29, 2012
All Politics are Local

Revised Anti-Meth Bill Introduced

Kentuckians could buy far less of most cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine without a prescription under a revised anti-methamphetamine bill introduced Tuesday in the state Senate. The sponsor of SB 3, Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the legislation was an alternative to SB 50, a measure he withdrew last week. It would have required a prescription for most cold medicines.

2:40pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Fed Chairman Bernanke Be Right This Time?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during his congressional testimony today.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

No one ever said economic forecasting was easy:

On the last day of February 2007, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that "the fundamentals are very strong" for the U.S. economy.

And about those problems starting to show up in the housing market? "We don't see it as being a broad financial concern or a major factor in assessing the course of the economy," he said back then.

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2:10pm

Wed February 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Continues Hitting Santorum For Robocalls To Mich. Democrats

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 4:18 pm

Mitt Romney was captured on the iPad screen held by a man at a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Mitt Romney's campaign isn't about to stop citing Rick Santorum's robocalls to Michigan Democrats, as the former Massachusetts governor continues to try to stoke a backlash against his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination.

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2:08pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Digital Life

Google Wins. He's Giving Up On Privacy

Google new privacy rules, which are set to take effect Thursday, have drawn scrutiny from privacy advocates and state officials.
Jens Meyer AP

That's it. They win. He's giving up his privacy.

Trying to maintain privacy in contemporary America is just too time consuming, too complicated, too exhausting. He can't tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. He doesn't know whom to trust.

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1:40pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

"Sick Check' Discussion at Lexington City Hall

A member of Lexington’s council wants to end the practice of sending checks to city employees with unused sick time.   Workers can only  accumulate 600 hours of sick time.  Once they hit that mark, member George Meyers says they start getting checks.  “Every year after that the government writes you a check for the balance of your sick time for that year.  You have to keep the 600 banked, but then, you’ve got that done, that next year, whatever hours you accrue, you get a check written for it, cash money,” said Meyers.

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1:36pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Davy Jones Of The Monkees Has Died

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 3:08 pm

Davy Jones back in the day (September 1968).
Keystone Features Getty Images

Davy Jones, who thrilled many a young girl's heart back in the '60s as a member of the Monkees, has died.

TMZ broke the news. It reports being told by the medical examiner's office in Martin County, Fla., of the 66-year-old singer's death. The English-born Jones apparently lived in that part of Florida.

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