10:51am

Tue February 21, 2012
Health and Welfare

Study Sees No Clear Link Between Health and Mining

A new study out of Yale University offers evidence that coal mining isn’t directly to blame for Appalachia’s health problems—but it could play a part. For years, researchers have tried to figure out why people in Appalachia contract diabetes, heart disease and various cancers at higher rates than most of the country. Several studies out of West Virginia University found links between some of those maladies and coal mining. The new study,from researchers at Yale’s School of Public Health, suggests the causes are more complicated.

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10:26am

Tue February 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Convenient Methods For Birth Control Take More Work For Payment

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 5:59 pm

Insurance coverage may vary.
Tiplyashin Stanislav Gennadevic iStockphoto.com

Free contraception has sure been a hot topic lately. But there's still one facet that hasn't received much attention.

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10:18am

Tue February 21, 2012
Digital Life

How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:01 pm

Ugurhan Betin iStockphoto.com

One of the fastest-growing online businesses is the business of spying on Internet users. Using sophisticated software that tracks people's online movements through the Web, companies collect the information and sell it to advertisers.

Every time you click a link, fill out a form or visit a website, advertisers are working to collect personal information about you, says Joseph Turow, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. They then target ads to you based on that information.

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10:02am

Tue February 21, 2012
The Commonwealth

Univ. of Pikeville discussed on KET's "Kentucky Tonight"

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss a proposal to make the University of Pikeville a state school.

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9:58am

Tue February 21, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Watershed Protections Blocked by Appeals Court

An appeals court has struck down a rule that state regulators used to restrict surface mining in a Floyd County watershed where some residents fought to block coal companies from stripping the hills. The regulation had been put in place so the state could impose additional safeguards rather than ban mining altogether, said Tom FitzGerald, head of the Kentucky Resources Council. The three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals said the regulation made state law more stringent than federal mining rules. That is barred under a separate state law.

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9:56am

Tue February 21, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Much of Eastern Kentucky Still Without Power

Eastern Kentucky counties continued to dig out Monday from a weekend snow that left more than 34,000 customers without power at one point. Hardest hit were Perry, Knott, Leslie and Letcher counties, where 6 to 8 inches of snow brought down tree limbs and utility lines. Breathitt, Pike and Floyd counties also had significant outages.

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9:54am

Tue February 21, 2012
Education

Diabetic Boy v Scott County Schools

An ongoing dispute between a second-grader at Anne Mason Elementary School and the Scott County Board of Education is emerging as an issue with potential national implications, pitting the board against the U.S. government and the American Diabetes Association. The case involves a 7-year-old, fitted with an insulin pump, who wants to attend school with his siblings and friends at Eastern Elementary.

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9:51am

Tue February 21, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Heavy Snow Prompts Power Outages in Harlan County

The county received several inches of snow, creating a beautiful backdrop with trees laden with snow drapping the roadways. The Harlan County Road Department cleared roads throughout the county, making traveling easier for those driving to work on Monday.
Nola Sizemore Harlan Daily Enterprise

Approximately 1,200 homes in Harlan County were reported without electricity on Sunday as snow blanketed the area. Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said less than 50 homes were still left without power on Monday.

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9:42am

Tue February 21, 2012
Education

Hindman School Director Dies

Mike Mullins of the Hindman Settlement school on tuesday June 19, 2001 in Hindman, Ky.
Lexington Herald Leader

Mike Mullins, who took over the reins of Hindman Settlement School in Knott County in 1977 and helped turn it into a regional cultural and educational center, died Sunday night, apparently of a heart attack. He was 63. As executive director of the school, Mr. Mullins' tasks ranged from fund-raising to fixing broken pipes. He tackled each with a hands-on, no-nonsense and down-to-earth approach, according to his friends. His impact extended far beyond Knott County and Eastern Kentucky.

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9:40am

Tue February 21, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. General Apologizes To 'Noble People Of Afghanistan' For Quran Burnings

An Afghan demonstrator holds a copy of a half-burnt Quran, allegedly set on fire by soldiers at Bagram Air Field, during a protest outside the base today.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

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