4:00pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Wisconsin Gov. Wants Protesters To Pay For Security

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 5:14 pm

A farmer drives his tractor past the Wisconsin State Capitol during a rally in March.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Wisconsin State Capitol building has been the scene of protests since February, when Gov. Scott Walker started the process of passing a law that severely limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state.

Yesterday, the Walker administration took a step that is likely to antagonize protesters further. His administration enacted new regulations that would require permits to protest at the Capitol and other state buildings.

The controversial part is that the bill allows officials to charge groups for the security and clean-up costs of such events.

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3:54pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Revises Pollution Rules for Industrial Boilers

 

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a new version of a rule that would regulate air pollution from industrial boilers, which burn a wide range of fuels. The more flexible rule has angered environmental groups, while industry is cautiously optimistic.

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3:50pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Business and the Economy

Makers Mark Trademark Still in Dispute

A long-running dispute over the trademark red wax seal atop Maker's Mark Kentucky-brewed bourbon could be decided by a panel of three federal judges. 

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3:49pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Henry Clay Estate to Light 100-Foot Christmas Tree

Lexington Public Media

The Christmas decorations at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in historic Lexington will be big and bright this year. The National Historic Landmark dedicated to honoring Kentucky statesman Henry Clay celebrates the Christmas season with d cor throughout the mansion.

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3:46pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Afghanistan

For Afghan Women, Rape Law Offers Little Protection

Afghan women walk in the northwestern city of Herat on Nov. 23. Women still have few rights, and can end up in jail on adultery charges when they accuse a man of rape. There are fears that women's rights will be further eroded when Western troops leave the country.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

This week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the pardon of a 19-year-old Afghan woman who was imprisoned for adultery after being raped by a relative, in a case that has attracted international media coverage.

But what happened to the woman, Gulnaz, who has been in prison for two years, is not an isolated episode.

Many other women have suffered similar fates. A recent U.N. report suggests that laws to protect women in Afghanistan from rape and forced marriage are still not being enforced — with devastating results.

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3:45pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Police Officers from 17 Agencies Graduate from Basic Training

 Law enforcement officers from 17 agencies across the state graduated Friday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

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3:41pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Painting to Resume on Historic Frankfort Bridge

An Ohio contractor has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to finish painting downtown Frankfort's Singing Bridge, according to the state Transportation Cabinet. The bridge, which dates back to the 1890s, crosses the Kentucky River. The bridge has a metal mesh floor which causes tires on vehicles to make a sing-song noise - hence the name Singing Bridge.

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3:41pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Opinion

The Marvels And Messes Of A Month Of Writing

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Erin Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus.

Yesterday I was told I had approximately 20 hours to write an essay: 450 words about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I'm quite partial to the event. Still, I thought about declining the essay, given the time constraint.

But then I decided, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, that it was rather silly to say "oh, I can't write 450 words in less than a day" So here we go:

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3:39pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Health and Welfare

State Urges Kentuckians to Get Flu Vaccinations

State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

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3:34pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Business and the Economy

Glasgow Company to Add New Jobs

 Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced Innovative Manufacturing Services Inc. will expand its Glasgow facility, creating 25 new jobs. The company, which makes industrial controls and conveyors for a variety of industries, will invest approximately $710,000 as a result of the expansion.

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