Thu December 8, 2011
State Capitol

Inaugural Parade Features Over 4,150 Participants

A cannon shot from the Kentucky Military History Museum will officially kick off the inaugural parade for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in downtown Frankfort. More than 4,150 parade participants, including 54 high school marching bands, will travel up Capital Avenue toward the Capitol where Gov. Beshear will take the oath of office at 2 p.m. for his second term as the state’s 61st governor.

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Thu December 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Changes Planned for Human Trafficking Laws

State lawmakers plan to propose enhancements to Kentucky’s human trafficking laws during the upcoming legislative session. State Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, who sponsored human trafficking legislation in the House in 2007, is prepared to tackle the issue again in 2012, she said. Westrom and state Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, would like to see Kentucky become a safe harbor state. “I think we can enhance our criminal code to better attack this problem and make a real difference and maybe save some lives,” said Tilley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.


Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Virginia Tech On Alert After Report Of Shots

Virginia Tech has advised everyone on campus to "seek shelter or stay where you are" because of reports about shots being fired there.

It adds that:

"[A] suspect described as white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backback" was seen "on foot towards McComas" — the university's athletics facility.

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Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Fire For Mishandled Sex-Crime Cases

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 3:51 pm

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference Monday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is under fire. The sheriff is known for his aggressive stance on immigration and his tough treatment of inmates.

Yesterday, two state lawmakers called for his ouster, but Arpaio stood his ground during a press conference.

The lawmakers were reacting to an AP report from Sunday that found his office had botched a series of sex-crime cases. Here's part of that AP report:

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Thu December 8, 2011
The Salt

Environmental Claims For Farmed Fish Don't Hold Up To Scrutiny

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 12:40 pm

Are shoppers getting their money's worth when they choose a salmon filet wearing an eco-sticker?

A study released this week by the University of Victoria's Seafood Ecology Research Group found that most eco-labels on farmed seafood don't reflect better fish farming practices than other products on the market.

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Thu December 8, 2011
Music Reviews

The Black Keys: A Reinvention On 'El Camino'

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 1:12 pm

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney released El Camino, their latest album as The Black Keys, earlier this week.
Courtesy of the artist

Careening into your ears like the theme to a bank-heist flick is "Lonely Boy," the first single from El Camino. Except the lyric tucked inside the roaring, curve-hugging melody isn't about anything so action-packed as robbing a bank or making a getaway. Instead, Dan Auerbach sings about stasis: "I got a love that keeps me waiting." And, being the sensible raucous rocker that he is, Auerbach is willing to wait out his love, because he knows in his heart that she's worth it.

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Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: 'Ask Osama Bin Laden' If I'm An Appeaser

Republican presidential candidates have said President Obama practices "appeasement" when it comes to foreign policy.

At the White House a short time ago, the president had this response:

"Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who've been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever's left out there. Ask them about that."

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Thu December 8, 2011

GOP Senators Block Consumer Protection Pick

Republicans joined together to stop a vote on the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to run the new federal consumer protection agency.


Thu December 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Vaccine For Stomach Flu Might Work

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 12:15 pm

In early 2007, health officials boarded the Queen Elizabeth 2 (seen here in Honolulu) to investigate a stomach flu outbreak that sickened more than 300 people.
Marco Garcia AP

Nothing ruins a nice cruise or a gluttonous run down the office party buffet like the norovirus.

The obnoxious virus causes the euphemistically-named stomach flu and is one of the most common foodborne illnesses. If you catch it, there's no drug to make you better. You pretty much have to ride out the diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain for a few days.

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Thu December 8, 2011
Monkey See

So The Mythbusters Punched A Hole In A House With A Cannonball. Now What?

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 4:59 pm

The exit hole from a misfired cannonball is seen in the second story wall after it traveled through a Dublin, Calif., home on Cassata Place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Doug Duran AP

So ... now what?

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