Wed December 7, 2011
All Politics are Local

McConnel Backhands Millionaire Tax Increase Bill

During a press conference Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took jabs at a fellow GOP lawmaker for introducing a bill that raises taxes on wealthy Americans to extend the payroll tax cuts.

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Wed December 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

Judge Allows Methadone Clinic in Shopping Center

City leaders misinterpreted Covington’s zoning code when they decided NKY Med LLC had to obtain a zoning exemption to open a methadone clinic in the Latonia Shopping Center, a federal judge has ruled. Covington-based U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman, in a decision dated Monday, found the city had incorrectly categorized the proposed facility as an “addiction treatment facility” under its zoning laws. The center would dispense methadone and Suboxone to treat addictions to heroin and narcotic painkillers.


Wed December 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Students Sing for National Concert DVD

A musical performance at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School viewed by only a few Tuesday morning will be watched by millions this spring. G.C. Burkhead will be a part of the official DVD of the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month. The concert is sponsored by the National Association of Music Education and footage is aired across the country on the second Thursday of March, when children in music classes watch and sing along. The student body performed a song called “Discussin’ Percussion” and it features several students playing percussion instruments such as the tambourine and drums.


Wed December 7, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Fifteen KY Pearl Harbor Survivors on 70th Anniversary

They witnessed history at Pearl Harbor, and lived to tell about it. Vaughn Drake, 93, of Lexington, and Frankfort's Herman Horn, 91, are among the area's last living Pearl Harbor survivors. Indeed, Drake is the last known survivor still living in Lexington. Statewide, only 15 survivors are still listed with the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling. The chapter once had more than 100 members.


Wed December 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Mexico Says It Blocked Plot To Smuggle Gadhafi's Son Into Country

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 10:10 am

Saadi Gadhafi at January 2010 news conference in Tripoli.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

A report in Canada's National Post that former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's "playboy son Saadi made plans to flee to a Mexican beach resort whose celebrity visitors include Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga," has prompted Mexico's interior secretary to say today that his country's intelligence service has broken up the plot, The Associated Press says.

According to the AP:

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Wed December 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Call Now To Get A Medicare Enrollment Extension

If you need more time to make a decision on your Medicare plan, get on the phone right away.

Federal officials are extending today's deadline some people picking a Medicare prescription drug or private health plan because of the crush of last-minute sign-ups.

There's a catch. The extension is available only to seniors who seek official help with their decision by the close of business today, said a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

And one other thing, the extension is only three days long.

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Wed December 7, 2011


Wed December 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Pearl Harbor Attack's 70th Anniversary: Memories, Moment Of Silence

Dec. 7, 1941: The USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Wed December 7, 2011

Anti-Mafia Police Nab Fugitive Mobster In Italy

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 12:30 pm

Italian policemen celebrated Wednesday outside police's headquarters in the town of Caserta following the arrest of Michele Zagaria, the boss of the Casalesi clan.
Roberto Salomone AFP/Getty Images

One of Italy's most-wanted mobsters was captured by Italian anti-mafia police units Wednesday after spending 16 years on the run.

Michele Zagaria ran one of bloodiest clans of the Naples mafia, which is known as the Camorra. He was found hiding under 15 feet of reinforced concrete in an underground bunker in his hometown of Casapesenna, north of Naples.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli said that Zagaria reportedly told police: "You have won. The state has won." He had been on the run since 1995.

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Wed December 7, 2011
Monkey See

Raise A Glass Of Butterbeer As Potter's 'Wizarding World' Comes To Hollywood

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 8:36 am

You might think Harry Potter fever would be petering out now that the books and the films have come and gone. You, of course, would be wrong, as Ben Bergman reports on today's Morning Edition.

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