Tue February 21, 2012
The Salt

How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Many livestock groups say there's no evidence that antibiotics in livestock feed have caused a human health problem, but researchers beg to differ.
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Researchers have nailed down something scientists, government officials and agribusiness proponents have argued about for years: whether antibiotics in livestock feed give rise to antibiotic-resistant germs that can threaten humans.

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Tue February 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Supreme Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case That Could Be Campaign Issue

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:05 am

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear oral arguments in a Texas affirmative action case that has, as NPR.org's Liz Halloran wrote last fall, "the potential to rewrite law on how or whether public colleges and universities may consider race and ethnicity as a factor in admissions."

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Tue February 21, 2012

The Religious Language In U.S. Foreign Policy

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:10 am

Historian Andrew Preston says George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were not religious themselves but did see religion as a source of morality.
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Historian Andrew Preston first became interested in the overlap between religion and America's foreign policy decisions while teaching an undergraduate class on American foreign policy in the days leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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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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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.
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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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Tue February 21, 2012
Digital Life

How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

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

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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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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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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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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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Tue February 21, 2012

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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