1:53pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Commonwealth

Kentucky, Sadder; West Virginia, Saddest

Kentucky isn’t exactly Walt Disney World, which dubs itself “the happiest place on Earth,” according to a report released this week. A new Gallup poll lists Kentucky as the second unhappiest state in the United States, ahead of only neighboring West Virginia.

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1:50pm

Thu March 1, 2012
State Capitol

Ag Chief Plugs License Plate Fundraiser

Neither rain nor hail nor tornado activity could keep Agriculture Commissioner James Comer from appearing Wednesday at the Warren County Clerk’s Office. Comer was in Bowling Green to promote an annual fundraising drive asking citizens to make an optional $10 donation when renewing farm license plates. The total amount collected will be split three ways – between the Future Farmers of America organization, 4-H and the Kentucky Proud program. Comer was a few minutes late for the event, saying the severe weather Wednesday slowed his pace.

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1:35pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Russia, China Join Call For Syria To Let U.N. Human Rights Official Visit

In what Israel's Haaretz.com is referring to as a "rare move" by longtime supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, Russia and China today joined other members of the U.N. Security Council in calling on Syria to let U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos see what's happening inside that nation.

Syria so far has not allowed Amos to visit.

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1:30pm

Thu March 1, 2012
Europe

As Election Nears, Russians Express Frustrations

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 6:10 pm

Thousands of Russians form a 10-mile human chain around a Moscow ring road on Monday during an opposition protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He is expected to win the March 4 presidential elections but is facing growing opposition.
UPI/Landov

Cars decorated with white ribbons and carnations drove around Moscow's Garden Ring Road in a wet snow this past Sunday, honking cheerfully to the thousands of demonstrators on the sidewalk who formed a human chain around the city.

Elena Korobova was a link in that chain.

"I want to get rid of Putin, because I don't like his policy, I don't like what he's doing for Russia," she says of Vladimir Putin, Russia's current prime minister.

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1:17pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Salt

States Crack Down On Animal Welfare Activists And Their Undercover Videos

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 3:00 pm

Some states are stiffening the punishment for activists who want to use undercover videos to expose conditions inside farms.

Just this week, the Iowa legislature passed a bill that would make it a crime to use false pretenses to gain access to a livestock operation to engage in activities not authorized by the owner.

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1:04pm

Thu March 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 6:10 pm

Suitable for health insurance coverage?
iStockphoto.com

The Senate has turned back an attempt to kill President Obama's new rules requiring most health insurance plans to provide contraceptives without additional cost.

The 51-48 vote against an amendment to an unrelated highway bill (Yes, that's just how the Senate works) was mostly along party lines.

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12:55pm

Thu March 1, 2012
Education

UPike Compromise in the Works

A compromise on the contentious issue of making the University of Pikeville a public school is being worked out behind the scenes of this year's General Assembly. The potential plan would use coal severance tax money that had been envisioned for UPike to fund a new financial aid program for aspiring students from coal-producing counties, Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell said Wednesday.

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12:54pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Commonwealth

More Severe Weather in Friday Forecast

Just as several Kentucky communities are recovering from destructive tornadoes on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports another chance for severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes on Friday. "Friday morning a warm front will move north through the region, and will bring thunderstorms along with it, some of which could be severe with isolated large hail. Then Friday evening a cold front will sweep into the area, with a better chance of severe weather. Damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes all appear possible in the afternoon and evening," according to a statement on the weather service's Louisville website.

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12:51pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Chávez Says He's 'Fine' After Surgery

A huge photograph of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is displayed on the facade of state-owned oil company PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela) in Caracas on Wednesday. The text reads, "Move forward, commander."
Juan Barreto AFP/Getty Images

After undergoing surgery for a lesion on his pelvis, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made his first public comments on Thursday.

"I am fine, my recovery is accelerating," he said via phone to Venezuelan state TV, according the AP. "A greeting, a hug to you all!"

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12:50pm

Thu March 1, 2012
Sports

Member of 1956 Carr Creek Five Dies

E.A. Couch (33) helped carry Freddie Maggard of Carr Creek after Maggard scored the winning basket for Carr Creek over Wayland during the state tournament at Memorial Coliseum on March 16, 1956. Sharing in the postgame celebration were Bobby Shepherd (41)
Lexington Herald Leader

E.A. Couch, who was among the starting five of the 1956 Carr Creek basketball team that won the state high school championship — and who played for legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp — died Wednesday at his home in Paintsville after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 75. "He was an excellent ball shooter. A fine gentleman," said Freddie Maggard of Corbin, a guard on the 1956 Carr Creek team.

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