Wed February 1, 2012

Super Split: Bowl Has Connecticut At War With Itself

Fans in Tom Brady and Eli Manning jerseys sit before a November game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants in Foxborough, Mass. Heading into a Super Bowl rematch, neighboring Connecticut's fans are split between the teams.
Winslow Townson AP

This weekend's Super Bowl match-up has special significance for football fans in Connecticut. The state is nominally part of New England, so you might expect to find overwhelming support for the Patriots. But Connecticut's loyalty seems to lean toward the New York Giants instead.

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Wed February 1, 2012
Around the Nation

If Power Lines Fall, Why Don't They Go Underground?

A crew of linemen working for Puget Sound Energy remove a power pole that fell down after a tree covered in ice fell on a transmission line near a substation in January in Olympia, Wash. Weather and tree branches cause 40 percent of power outages in the U.S.
Ted S. Warren AP

Last month, a week of winter weather cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in the Seattle area for several days.

A lot of those people were left pondering an old question: Why are their neighborhood power lines strung aboveground?

Nobody seems to have a complete answer.

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Wed February 1, 2012

Budget Cuts Slow Education Reforms

More cuts to Kentucky’s education budget will slow down the implementation of a landmark reform law. Senate Bill 1 is a wide-ranging education law that replaced Kentucky’s school testing system with stronger tests and content standards. Currently only English and math standards have been developed. And with a 4.5 percent cut planned for the Department of Education in Governor Steve Beshear’s latest budget proposal, new standards in other subjects are going to be delayed.

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Wed February 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Hits Romney, GOP Congress On Housing (Without Naming Them)

President Obama holds a proposed mortgage application in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.
Cliff Owen AP

When President Obama on Wednesday said at an event to promote an administration proposal to help pinched homeowners: "But it is wrong for anybody to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom," he clearly had someone in mind.

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Wed February 1, 2012
The Two-Way

American Airlines Plans To Cut 12,000 To 14,000 Jobs

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

After it filed for bankruptcy protection last November, you knew something like this was probably coming from American Airlines:

The company said today it is looking to cut 12,000 to 14,000 jobs — as much as 16 percent of its current 88,000-strong workforce.

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Wed February 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Massage Eases Inflammation In Worn-Out Muscles

They might welcome a massage, come Sunday. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and teammates train for this weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
Elise Amendola AP

Super Bowl players and weekend jocks routinely head for the massage table after competition, figuring it helps reduce muscle soreness.

That search for relief has been more out of hope than based in fact.

But scientists now say that massage reduces inflammation caused by exercise, making a rubdown nature's answer to Advil.

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Wed February 1, 2012

"No Child Left Behind" Waiver Likely for Kentucky

Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education is confident the commonwealth will receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind standards. Terry Holliday has been in direct talks with federal officials, and he says a big announcement confirming the waiver is coming next week.

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Wed February 1, 2012

Russian Communists Court Discontented Youth

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 6:54 pm

Communist Party activists in Moscow campaign on Dec. 2 for the party's candidates in parliamentary elections. The Russian Communist Party is hoping to capitalize on a wave of dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

A snazzy new Communist Party poster shows two young, tech-savvy and attractive Russians. Both are smiling and dressed in red: The woman holds a red iPhone; the man holds a red laptop, his T-shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle.

The slogan: "For the victory of the majority."

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Wed February 1, 2012
State Capitol

Tax Amnesty Up for Consideration

Amnesty could again be granted to Kentucky’s delinquent taxpayers.   State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says it’s been ten years since Kentucky last offered such a reprieve.  Once the amnesty period expires, Lassiter says delinquent taxpayers will feel the full force of the law.

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Wed February 1, 2012
The Commonwealth

Initiative to Promote Country Music Highway

Country star Tom T. Hall got in a little light ribbing of Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials at the Tuesday morning press conference announcing the Road to Fame competition.
Rich Copley/Lexington Herald-Leader

Gov. Steve Beshear and country music star Tom T. Hall announced a new initiative Tuesday to promote U.S. 23 as the Country Music Highway that will include an American Idol-style competition and an education fund. Hall, an Olive Hill native, is one of numerous Kentucky musicians from the area surrounding the 144-mile north-south highway who have gone on to country music fame including sisters Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, the mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Keith Whitley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam and a number of other chart toppers. In 1994, the Kentucky State Legislature designated U.S. 23 as the Country Music Highway.