12:47pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Salt

Is That A Plastic Baby Jesus In My Cake?

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:04 pm

Sucre in New Orleans is one of many bakeries that leaves the plastic baby out of the king cake.
John Rose/NPR

If you've been in New Orleans for carnival season, or if you're lucky enough to taste a cake from there that has arrived in the mail, there's a pretty good chance that yes, there is a plastic baby that comes with your cake.

The baby, meant to represent Jesus, has become a fixture of the king cake (galette des rois in France or rosca de reyes as it's called in Mexico). It's a frosted yeast dough cake that New Orleans bakeries churn out between King's Day, January 6th, and Fat Tuesday, the last day of indulgence before Lent.

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12:43pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Education

Resources for Adults Returning to College

Kentucky adults considering returning to college have a free resource to help them make decisions about higher education. Adults Returning to School is published by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), the state agency that administers Kentucky student financial aid programs and provides college planning materials.

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12:40pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Business and the Economy

Funding Changes Ark Park Plans

Artist rendering of proposed Ark Encounter theme park. / Provided

The Ark Encounter themed attraction planned for Grant County will be built in phases over several years rather than as a single project. Mark Looy, co-founder of Answers in Genesis, the biblical apologetics ministry that built the Creation Museum in Hebron, said the decision will reduce the initial construction period and funding requirements for the Noah’s Ark-themed park that was initially scheduled for completion in 2014. On Wednesday, the Ark Encounter group also announced the purchase of the final piece of land needed to develop the park.

12:35pm

Fri February 17, 2012
All Politics are Local

Brent Spence Toll Discussed

David Williams, president of the state Senate, addresses members of a group from the Northern Kentucky in a meeting room at the Capitol Building in Frankfort.
The Kentucky Enquirer

The likelihood of tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge joined several other issues business leaders from Northern Kentucky discussed with the Kentucky General Assembly on Thursday. More than 50 people traveled to Frankfort with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for the “Northern Kentucky Day in Frankfort.” Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, told the group the $2 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement likely won’t get built without tolls.

12:30pm

Fri February 17, 2012
All Politics are Local

Senate Panel Approves PSE Bill

After hearing emotional testimony from a former methamphetamine user, the Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would require a prescription for most cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Kentuckians still could purchase gel caps that contain pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient needed to make meth — without a prescription. It is more difficult to make meth with pseudoephedrine from a gel cap. The sponsor of Senate Bill 50, Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he didn't know the bill's chances in the full Senate. The legislation died in the Senate last year.

12:29pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

#Feb17: A First Visit To Revolution Central: The Benghazi Courthouse

While pretty much any corner of Benghazi is a fine place to celebrate this week, the heart of the celebrations are taking place at the courthouse and its public square, where some of the revolution's first protests took place.

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12:28pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Business and the Economy

Shift in Basic Telephone Service

Chris Ware/Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky's telephone industry wants the option to end basic phone service in less profitable parts of their territories if other communications options, such as cell phones or the Internet, are available in the area. The industry hopes to build on its 2006 legislative success in deregulating basic land-line phone service, arguing that it needs to shift its resources to cell phone and broadband communications. But consumer advocates warn that rural communities, the poor and the elderly could be among those left behind if basic phone service disappears.

12:19pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Proview Threatens Apple With $2 Billion Suit Over iPad Trademark

Proview Technology is threatening to take Apple to court to seek $2 billion in compensation, because the company says it owns the iPad name in China.

CNET reports:

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12:14pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Commonwealth

Wildfires Still a Threat

The Spring Fire Season could peak sooner than usual in some areas of Kentucky.  So far in 20-21, Officials with the State Division of Forestry say more than 50 fires have already burned almost 15 hundred acres.  Division spokeswoman Lynn True says reduced snowfall can increase the risk of wildfire.“With the lack of a heavy snowfall..compacting all those forests fuels…it doesn’t take a day or two of windy or warm weather to dry those out..and a fire can easily get started,” said True.

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12:12pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Troops Step Up Homs Shelling After U.N. Resolution

More horrific reports out of Homs only a day after the United Nations General Assembly called on President Bashar al-Assad's regime to end its shelling of the city.

Voice of America reports activists say:

... tank fire and artillery shelling hit four neighborhoods in the central protest city Friday which has spearheaded the 11-month uprising.

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