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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12:46pm

Thu March 1, 2012
State Capitol

300 Firms Attend Ohio River Bridges Meeting

LOUISVILLE – Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday welcomed more than 600 professionals representing more than 300 companies to the first step in selecting the team that will build the downtown portion of the long-awaited Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. “The Bridges Project is about improving safety and mobility for the citizens of this region,” Beshear said in a statement. “But make no mistake: the Bridges Project means jobs – thousands of good-paying jobs.”

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12:43pm

Thu March 1, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Utilities Lowers Herrington Lake level

Herrington Lake is about to have a little taken off the top. Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said most people who live on or around the lake are accustomed to watching the water level rise and fall due to KU’s manipulations. This time, 5 feet need to go to restore the lake to the preferred “winter pool” level. Herrington Lake covers 36,000 acres with coves and fingers reaching into Garrard, Mercer and Boyle counties. The lake was created as the result of a KU project in the 1920s when the utility dammed the Dix River for hydroelectric power.

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12:20pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Senate Says No To Challenge Of Obama's Birth Control Policy

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:21 pm

By a 51-48 vote, the Senate just set aside an effort to reverse the Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide health insurance plans that cover the cost of women's contraception methods.

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12:19pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Activist: 'It's Snowing And We're Shaking Here'

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:22 pm

According to activists inside and outside Syria, the government's 27-day siege against the opposition stronghold of Baba Amr has now succeeded. Initial reports suggest that forces are entering this neighborhood in the city of Homs, but details are sketchy at best because most of the reporters and citizen journalists covering the story have either fled or died.

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11:57am

Thu March 1, 2012
Television

It's High Concept, But Will It Keep You 'Awake'?

In the new NBC drama Awake, Jason Issacs plays Michael Britten, a man who survives a car accident along with one of his loved ones — but which one?
Michael Desmond NBC

The premise of NBC's new detective series, Awake, is about as high concept as it gets. Jason Isaacs, one of the leads of Showtime's Brotherhood, stars as Michael Britten, who survives a horrible car crash intact. Well, his body is intact — but his mind, or at least his subconscious, is split.

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11:56am

Thu March 1, 2012
It's All Politics

In Delegate Race, Romney's Victories Amount To Less Than Meets The Eye

Mitt Romney had a big night Tuesday — with victories in two states over insurgent Rick Santorum, thereby increasing his margin over Santorum by ... six delegates?

As improbable as it might seem, the combination of Michigan's delegate allocation rule and Arizona's rule-violating winner-take-all contest could mean that Romney's twin victories provide him little ultimate benefit — and highlight again the dual-track GOP primary campaign season.

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