1:42pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Toola, An Otter Pioneer Who Raised Orphan Pups, Has Died

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 1:50 pm

Toola, the southern sea otter, with a surrogate pup.
Randy Wilder Monterey Bay Aquarium

Toola may not be a household name, but she made quite an impression on the staff of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she lived most of her adult life.

Just look at how Dr. Mike Murray, an aquarium veterinarian, described the sea otter:

"I will argue that there is no other single sea otter that had a greater impact upon the sea otter species, the sea otter programs worldwide, and upon the interface between the sea otters' scientific community and the public."

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1:20pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Should NFL's Gregg Williams Be Banned, Fined Or Pardoned For Bounties?

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 1:22 pm

Gregg Williams, then the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, in August 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Gregg Williams, who has spent time as an assistant or head coach at six NFL teams, is meeting with league investigators today to talk about what he's admitted was "a bounty pool of up to $50,000 over the last three seasons that rewarded players with thousand-dollar payoffs for knocking targeted opponents out of games while he was the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator," The Associated Press reports.

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1:10pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

Power Restoration in Tornado Hit Areas

It could be a week before some portions of Kentucky again have electricity.  Major portions of eastern Kentucky remain without power.  Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says the most widespread power outages remain in Morgan and Magoffin counties.  But, in both communities, power will be restored, but, many of the people and homes that use it are gone.  “You’ll have the electrical system restored before you’ve got habital structures that need to have the power turned back on, quite honestly…that’s the sad truth of this situation,” said Melnykovych.

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12:40pm

Mon March 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

Leaders Support Disaster Declaration

In a joint letter sent to the White House Monday morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul urged President Obama to support a request for a major disaster declaration for Kentucky after a number of deadly tornadoes struck the commonwealth. Last week, an outbreak of storms caused damage to several towns, including West Liberty, Piner and Salyersville, killing 21 residents and injuring hundreds more.

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12:33pm

Mon March 5, 2012
All Politics are Local

Governors Agree on Bridges Plan

The governors of Indiana and Kentucky have forged an historic agreement to pay for two new bridges across the Ohio River. Construction will begin before year’s end and is expected to be completed within six years at a cost $1.5 billion less than originally projected. “Through cooperation and determination, we will achieve what this region has talked about – but been unable to deliver – for four decades,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement issued by his office.

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12:33pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Salt

Raw Milk Proponents Don't Trust Health Officials

Raw milk lovers trust the stuff that comes straight from the cow more than they trust the FDA.
iStockPhoto.com

You'd think that scary numbers from the big dogs in infectious disease would be enough to make raw milk drinkers reconsider that choice.

But don't count on it. Just 7 percent of raw milk consumers say they trust health officials' recommendations on what foods are safe to eat, according to a new study.

That means that 93 percent of those folks aren't convinced when health officials say that raw milk products can cause diseases like bovine tuberculosis, Q-fever, and brucellosis, as well as more common food-borne illnesses like Listeria and Salmonella.

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12:30pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

More Than 9,000 Still Without Power

More than 9,000 Kentucky electric customers are still without electricity as of Monday morning as a result of Friday's storms. But several inches of heavy, wet snow has also knocked out power to more than 6,000 electric customers - primarily in Central Kentucky - on Monday morning. Among the storm-related outages, Kentucky Power/AEP has the largest number of customer outages: Floyd County, 223; Johnson County, 809; Lawrence County, 685; Magoffin 1,235; and Morgan, 1,260.

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12:27pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Music Reviews

Dierks Bentley's 'Home' Is Full Of Country Struggles

Courtesy of the artist

Dierks Bentley has a nice, deep voice; an open, friendly demeanor; and a knack for working in a variety of country-music genres, from bluegrass to power ballads. For all that, it's always been difficult to pin down what Bentley aims to do. Although he's only in his 30s, Bentley sounds as though he's working through a bit of a midlife crisis on his new album Home. Take, for example, the single "Am I the Only One," a novelty tune about going out to party with a twist — not many of Bentley's pals want to join him, because they've settled into adulthood, and he hasn't.

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12:26pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

March Brings 1-4 Inches of Snow

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Central Kentucky until 10 a.m. Monday. The region saw snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches overnight, with higher amounts in some areas. The snow and ice caused schools to be closed for the day in many communities. The heaviest snow accumulations were along and north of I-64.

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12:23pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

Volunteers Chip in to Clean Up

Volunteer firefighter Aaron Stamper and Olivia Gronlund pick through debris looking for personal belongings for their friends Beverly and Ronnie Bowman whose house was destroyed on Opossum Hollow Road.
David Stephenson/Lexington Herald-Leader

Scores of volunteers have surged into Menifee County to clear roads of fallen trees, secure people's property and begin cleanup after Friday's tornado swept through this rural area. By 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Marietta Flannery was in the kitchen of Botts Elementary School on Ky. 460 with a half-dozen volunteers to start cooking breakfast for displaced families and work crews. County leaders met at 9 a.m. Sunday in the fire station to draft a plan of action that would ensure the best use of volunteers. "You can't give nobody enough credit for what they're doing. I can't say enough for how citizens have pitched in to help," Menifee County Sheriff's Deputy Donnie Fugett said.

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