3:00pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Book Award Winner's Tale Echoes Those Told By Other Vietnamese Refugees

Thanhha Lai.
Courtesy of Harper Collins

Thanhha Lai was 10 years old the day in 1975 that North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates of the presidential palace in Saigon and fear spread through the city on rumors that Communist troops were about to begin a massacre. Lai recalls fleeing with her eight older siblings and her mother to the nearby port and boarding a crowded South Vietnamese Navy ship that then headed to sea.

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2:59pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Hard Times: A Journey Across America

Hard Times Inspire Ky. College Students To Action

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 8:22 pm

Sophomore Emily Nugent is among Berea College's 1,600 students who receive free tuition. On average, Berea's students come from families with household incomes of about $25,000.
Noah Adams NPR

Part of a monthlong series

NPR's Hard Times series features stories of economic hardship and also stories of hope. We asked for ideas from listeners, and Emily Nugent of Berea College in Kentucky responded, writing: "With a student body composed entirely of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Berea students know about the challenges Americans are facing." Noah Adams went in search of Emily and the Berea College story.

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2:55pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Health and Welfare

KY Health Officials Prepare for World AIDS Day

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working to promote World AIDS Day on December 1 and unite people across the commonwealth in the fight against HIV. The theme for this year’s observance is “Getting to Zero” with a push to get to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. Despite increased understanding of HIV and AIDS, state officials say the annual event is still needed as a reminder that the disease still impacts millions of people worldwide.

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2:51pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Environment

What Will Become Of The Kyoto Climate Treaty?

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 2:45 pm

Key provisions of the Kyoto Protocol expire in December of 2012, and experts say there's no real global framework in place to replace the treaty that was supposed to be the first step toward ambitious actions on climate change. Above, a coal-fired power plant in eastern China. China is now the leading carbon dioxide emitter in the world.
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As diplomats from around the world gather in Durban, South Africa, for talks about climate change, a big question looms: What will become of the Kyoto climate treaty, which was negotiated with much fanfare in 1997. The treaty was supposed to be a first step toward much more ambitious actions on climate change, but it is now on the brink of fading into irrelevance. That could have major implications for the future of United Nations climate talks.

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2:49pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Health and Welfare

Mystery Chemical Affects Several in Hospital

Several people, including hospital employees, were decontaminated Sunday evening at Saint Joseph Hospital in London after experiencing problems that might have been related to a chemical on a stray dog, according to authorities. The illnesses happened after two people from Jackson County came to the emergency room complaining of symptoms including eye and throat irritation, a cough and a burning sensation to the skin, according to Albert Hale, director of emergency management for Laurel County. While treating the people, a doctor and three other emergency-room workers began to experience similar symptoms, according to a news release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

2:49pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Accident Spill, Or How 'You Set Out With Marmite And End Up With A Jam'

Michele Kayal for NPR

Twitter already beat us to all the good puns, including the one in the headline. But, yes, it is true, you will either love or hate this news story from England: A tanker carrying 20 tons of yeast extract — the main ingredient in the loved-or-reviled Marmite — was involved in a late night accident, yesterday, spilling its contents and shutting down the M1, which connects London to the northern part of England.

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2:43pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Opposition Over Proposal to Move Mail Processing

Scores of postal workers and customers turned out Monday night to voice their opposition to a proposal to shift Lexington's mail-processing operations to Louisville or Knoxville. About 300 workers would be affected if the proposal to shut down operations at the Nandino Boulevard postal processing center is implemented. The post office has said that moving the operations out of Lexington would create more jobs in Louisville and Knoxville, but 103 positions would be eliminated entirely.

2:37pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Holiday Season Perfect for Scams

With the amount of shopping and purchasing Americans do from Black Friday through December, the holiday season makes for a natural time for a variety of scams to surface. The Better Business Bureau warns of a number of scams that can have a bigger impact during the consumer-driven winter months. Internet scams in the form of fake websites offering deals on merchandise are popular, said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, the vice president of communications for the Louisville-area Better Business Bureau.

2:33pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Complaint Against Tea Party Addressed

A complaint filed by a Hebron man against the Northern Kentucky Tea Party in November of last year will be addressed at a Kentucky Registry of Election Finance board meeting in Frankfort on Wednesday. In his complaint, Jonathan Brown asserts advertisements purchased by the Northern Kentucky Tea Party prior to the November 2010 General Election amounted to an endorsement of candidates. “I believe the actions of (the Northern Kentucky Tea Party) violate KRS 121.025,” Brown stated in the complaint. “This blatant attempt to avoid the campaign finance laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky cannot go unchallenged and requires action by the registry. Failure to take appropriate action will result in further violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws in future elections.”

2:29pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Development in Boone County

Hundreds of acres of virgin land in northern Boone County soon will be opened up to new development, and officials envision an aviation-related industrial development that could provide a major economic boon to the region. A new road is under construction just south of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport that will provide access to more than 400 acres of land when it is completed next fall. The airport owns about half of that land and, in a major policy shift, plans to develop the site itself. The other half is owned by local attorney Paul Vesper, who also plans to develop the land.

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