Tue February 7, 2012

In Morocco, The Arab Spring's Mixed Bounty

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 6:26 pm

Relatives of Abdelwahab Zaydoun, a 27-year-old Moroccan who set himself on fire to protest his unemployment and died from his burns, react to his death in Casablanca last month. A year after street protests in Morocco prompted some reforms, Moroccans remain discontent with the gap between rich and poor, and the slow strides toward democracy.
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

If you're looking for the reasons for unrest in Morocco, you can find some answers while zipping along in a golf cart at a resort in the historic town of Marrakech.

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Tue February 7, 2012
The Commonwealth

White Nose Syndrome Spreads

A fatal bat disease has been discovered in three Kentucky caves. This isn’t the first time White Nose Syndrome has been found in Kentucky, but it’s a sign that the disease is spreading. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that White Nose Syndrome has infected bats in three caves in Breckenridge County. The infection usually manifests itself in a white fungus growing on bats’ muzzles, and causes strange behavior. Nearly all infected bats die.

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Tue February 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Controversy Over Stem-Cell Research Keeps Charities On Sidelines

There's a funding tempest in a cell culture.
Andrei Tchernov iStockphoto.com

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has been in the news because of its clash with Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

But another aspect of Komen's activities hasn't received much attention: Komen's position on research using human embryonic stem cells.

Despite raising millions of dollars for breast cancer research, Komen hasn't funded any of this work, prompting questions about whether that decision is rooted in politics.

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Tue February 7, 2012
All Politics are Local

Judge Grants Injunction Against District Boundaries

A judge granted House Republicans and Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein a temporary injunction Tuesday in their legal challenge of Kentucky's new legislative district boundaries. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd extended the filing deadline for legislative candidates until 4 p.m. Friday. In an 18-page order, Shepherd blocked Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and other state election officials from implementing the new district boundaries set out in House Bill 1. The General Assembly approved HB 1 and Gov. Steve Beshear signed it into law last month.


Tue February 7, 2012

Pool Demolition Proposal Moves Forward

The city of Lexington is losing two of its under-utilized swimming pools, but could possibly replace them with other facilities. The Urban County Council’s General Government Committee voted today (Tuesday) to approve an aquatics management plan, which calls for demolishing the Berry Hill and Constitution Park pools.

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Tue February 7, 2012
The Salt

To Hold The Salt, It's Time To Hold The Bread

Sodium content can vary widely even between two sandwiches that look the same.

It's no secret that some of the tastiest snacks around — potato chips, french fries, and processed deli meats — are terrific vehicles for salt. Without salt, they'd be bland, too starchy, or just plain dull.

But would you guess that the white bread on your turkey sandwich could be delivering as much or more than the turkey — up to 400 mg of sodium, or about one-third of the daily recommended limit for 6 of every 10 adults?

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Tue February 7, 2012

A Pulpit For The Masses: YouTube, Christians Click

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 6:26 pm

Created by liberal Christians, the YouTube video "Tea Party Jesus" is a spoof on conservative politics.


Tue February 7, 2012

LEX Rejects Tougher Noise Ordinance

A far reaching ‘noise ordinance’ has been rejected by a committee of the Lexington –Fayette Urban County Council.  A task force spent more than three years developing a noise ordinance.  It was designed to address complaints ranging from loud car stereos and parties, to excessive industrial sounds.  It was the impact on business which generated the most debate.

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Tue February 7, 2012
State Capitol

Students Rally for Higher Education Funding

Students from all eight of Kentucky’s public universities have once again descended on Frankfort with a familiar message… stop cutting higher education. At the annual Rally for Higher Education today, the messages were familiar. Students called on lawmakers to restore or increase funding for higher education. In one of the toughest budget cycles yet, that call is once again likely to go unanswered.

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Tue February 7, 2012

Meaningless In Missouri? Not In Santorum's View

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 11:31 am

A sign supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum outside the O'Fallon, Mo., city hall on Tuesday, as the state's Republican primary was under way.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

For an election that shouldn't matter on paper, Missouri's primary on Tuesday may carry a lot of weight.

The state's Republican electorate tends to be both populist and conservative. That could give former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has campaigned in Missouri the most — and the most recently — among GOP presidential candidates, the chance for a strong showing.

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