Wed February 22, 2012

Flood Fears Trouble Church's Expansion

Changes to Southland Christian Church's plan to build a new campus on Richmond Road in Lexington are under review by the city's Planning Commission. To make room for another parcel on the property which was once home to Lexington Mall, Southland wants to further shrink the size of a pond next to Richmond Road.

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Wed February 22, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

'We Crush The Cars': Inside The Monster Truck Arena

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:01 am

The Grave Digger team of monster trucks, considered to be one of the most influential monster trucks of all time, is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and racing in the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) Monster Jam series.
Doriane Raiman NPR

It's that time of year again — the time when the sports world starts to zone in on basketball's March Madness, hockey's playoff push, baseball's spring training ... and monster trucks. That's right, it's prime time for four-wheeled contraptions that specialize in crushing each other.

While it may be hard to get past the deafening radio ads, a funny thing can happen on the way to a Monster Jam show. It turns out that young fans' giddiness over the awesome destruction they're about to witness can be pretty contagious.

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Wed February 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Pro-Obama SuperPAC Hits Romney On Auto Bailout In Michigan Ad

Priorities USA Action, a superPAC backing President Obama, has unveiled a new ad running in Michigan in advance of that state's GOP primary next week. It takes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to task for opposing the auto industry bailout.

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Wed February 22, 2012
State Capitol

Senate Gives Gambling Amendment First Win

Governor Steve Beshear’s constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 today. The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

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Wed February 22, 2012
All Politics are Local

Senate Panel Approves Gambling Bill

A constitutional amendment that would allow casino gambling in Kentucky won approval Wednesday from the Senate State and Local Government Committee. On a vote of 7-4, the committee sent Senate Bill 151 to the full Senate for its consideration. For nearly two hours, the committee heard testimony for and against the bill.


Wed February 22, 2012
The Salt

Panda Express Takes Sweet And Sour Beyond The Food Court

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 7:29 pm

An employee packs a customer's takeout order at a Panda Express restaurant in Los Angeles.
Fred Prouser Reuters /Landov

Not all that long ago, many Americans thought of Chinese food as fried rice, chow mein and orange chicken. And one reliable place to find it was at the mall, at places like Panda Express.

But food court mainstay Panda Express is now in the midst of a major transformation. That means moving from mall basements to stand-alone restaurants and keeping pace with an increasingly sophisticated American palate.

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Wed February 22, 2012
The Commonwealth

Federal Grant to Restore Stream

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has been awarded a $342,881 federal grant to develop a sediment-focused watershed plan and stream restoration design for Kinniconick Creek in Lewis County. Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Ecology will supply the $228,587 nonfederal match, for a total project cost of $571,468.

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Wed February 22, 2012

Primary Care in Lexington

Saying some low income residents need more access to primary health care, local officials want to beef up such efforts in downtown Lexington.   Health officials would like to open up another primary care clinic in downtown Lexington, in the Community Action facility off Georgetown Street.  Healthfirst, which provides primary care for the Fayette County Health Department, says it’s a good move.  HealthFirst Director William North says the new location is within easy reach of more low-income residents. In time, North wants to expand services to other parts of Lexington.

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Wed February 22, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

10,000 Without Power After Snow

The number of Eastern Kentuckians without power continued to shrink Tuesday, as Kentucky Power worked to resolve the outages. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 10,700 Kentucky Power customers did not have electricity, down from a peak of about 34,000 who had been left in the dark Monday afternoon. A weekend snow storm dumped six to eight inches on parts of southeastern Kentucky, causing downed power lines and fallen tree limbs.


Wed February 22, 2012

On Tibetan Plateau, A Sense Of Constant Surveillance

Ethnic Tibetan pilgrims walk on a road during Tibetan New Year in Langmusixiang, Sichuan province, in western China, Feb. 22. Celebrations are subdued in the Tibetan areas of China this year, after a string of self-immolations and protest against Chinese control.
Carlos Barria Reuters /Landov

Wednesday marks the traditional Tibetan New Year, but many Tibetans won't be celebrating. They'll be mourning the almost two-dozen people who set themselves on fire in the past year as a protest against Chinese rule. Eyewitnesses say the town of Aba, site of many of the self-immolations, resembles a Chinese military camp, with soldiers and riot police every few feet. NPR's Louisa Lim traveled elsewhere on the Tibetan plateau to cover the story and sent this dispatch.

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