10:12am

Mon December 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Shakespeare Behind Bars Stages "Romeo and Juliet"

Louisville Public Media

The Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Oldham County is home to about 1100 felons and one unusual theatre company. It’s an all-inmate ensemble called Shakespeare Behind Bars. For sixteen years, the group has staged full productions of plays like Hamlet and Macbeth and Julius Casear. Each year, they do a series of performances, some for other inmates and some for the public.

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10:09am

Mon December 5, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Forest Owners have New Incentive to Maintain Land

There are now record levels of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, and scientists are predicting drastic temperature changes as a result. An initiative in parts of Appalachia is giving landowners incentives to maintain their forests correctly, so they store as much extra carbon dioxide as possible.

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10:06am

Mon December 5, 2011
Health and Welfare

Louisville Youth Asthma Hospitalizations Continue to Rise

Hospitalizations for youth asthma in Jefferson County rose significantly during the past decade, while the state has maintained relatively consistent levels, according to the annual Kids Count County Data Book released from Kentucky Youth Advocates with data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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10:03am

Mon December 5, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Eastern KY Black Bear Hunt Opens this Weekend

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Services

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the state’s third annual black bear hunt begins Saturday in three eastern Kentucky counties. The hunt will be held in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties and will last a maximum of two days.

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10:00am

Mon December 5, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Looks to Reopen Lex. Community Center

A city-appointed task force is looking to resurrect the Charles Young Community Center on Lexington's east end. The group is recommending that the city retain ownership of the building but partner with local organizations to provide activities and programs.

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9:58am

Mon December 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Clark Co. Board of Health Protects Smoking Ban

The Clark County Board of Health is moving forward with plans to assist in a challenge to a Bullitt County court’s decision to overturn a smoking ban. Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress overturned the ban passed on March 23 after the Bullitt County Fiscal Court and the county’s eight cities challenged the health board’s authority to enact the ban. The Bullitt County Board of Health is appealing that decision, and the Woodford, Clark and Madison boards of health plan to file an amicus brief, as well, because the court’s decision would impact smoking bans in those counties.

9:56am

Mon December 5, 2011
Faith and Values

Pike Co. Church Reverses Vote on Membership

A tiny Pike County church voted Sunday to affirm that it welcomes people of all races, a week after some members touched off a storm of controversy by voting against accepting interracial couples. Members of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted 16-0 Sunday to make clear that everyone is welcome, "regardless of race, creed or color," and that the church wants to move forward in unity, pastor Stacy Stepp said.

9:55am

Mon December 5, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Memories of Pearl Harbor Still Fresh 70 Years Later

On Wednesday, America will observe the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which shocked the nation, crippled the U.S. fleet and thrust Americans into the middle of the biggest war in history. It remains a defining moment in history that affects us to this day. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association now lists just 15 attack survivors alive in the state, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling.

8:53am

Mon December 5, 2011

8:45am

Mon December 5, 2011
Business

White Rock Beverages Still Thirsty After 140 Years

This image of Psyche is used on all of White Rock's beverages. In the late 1800s when White Rock started up, the image wasn't considered lewd or suggestive, the company's president says.
Courtesy of White Rock Products Corp.

White Rock Beverages may not be a household name today, but it used to be. And so was the girl on its bottle.

The Greek goddess Psyche has appeared on millions of bottles and cans of White Rock sparkling water, tonic water and ginger ale. And on every one, she is topless, gazing at her own reflection in a crystal-clear pool of water.

White Rock President Larry Bodkin says there was nothing lewd or suggestive about that Psyche logo when it debuted around the turn of the 20th century.

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