Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Opera Hires Non-Union Musicians

The Kentucky Opera has hired a group of community musicians to play for next weekend’s performances. The ongoing Louisville Orchestra labor dispute has left the opera without musicians. The company seated a group of union orchestra players for November’s run of Carmen. The players were given a shorter-term version of their collective bargaining agreement with the orchestra for those performances.

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Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

White House To Detail Changes To Controversial Contraception Rule

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 12:21 pm

Hospitals and organizations operated by religious institutions will not have to pay for or provide free contraception coverage to their employees, but the insurance companies that offer coverage to those workers will have to do that, White House officials just told reporters during a conference call.

They're explaining changes to a controversial plan the administration unveiled in recent days. The goal of the change appears to be to provide the coverage, but at the same time to not force religious groups to violate their principles.

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Fri February 10, 2012

A Conservative's Tips For Finding The Right Mate

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Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Josh Powell Turned Out To Be 'A Monster,' Says Social Worker

The social worker who watched in horror last Sunday as a Washington state man blew up the house that his two young sons had gone into moments before says he had never before seemed dangerous.

But she knows now, Elizabeth Griffin-Hall tells ABC News, that "Josh Powell was really, really evil."

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Fri February 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How My Voice Went Silent

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:10 pm

Everything looked fine on my CT scan, but I didn't sound even close to right.
Courtesy of Richard Harris NPR

There's an old joke around newsrooms: News is something that happens to your editor.

If you'll pardon the self-indulgence, I'm going to take this truism one step further: News is what happened to me.

I was laid low the week before New Year's Day by a mysterious headache and a blazing sore throat. A few days later I lost my voice.

My doctors eventually pinpointed the cause by snaking a small camera down my nose. My left vocal fold (or vocal cord if you prefer) had stopped working. It was essentially paralyzed, other than the occasional twitch.

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Fri February 10, 2012
Movie Interviews

'The Interrupters': Keeping Peace On The Streets

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 12:19 pm

Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization CeaseFire, mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating.
Aaron Wickenden Kartemquin Films

This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 1, 2011. The Interrupters will be broadcast on Frontline on Feb. 14, 2012.

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Fri February 10, 2012

Sheriff Puts Detention Center Offer on Hold

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt has put her offer to run the Fayette County Detention Center on hold because of apparent resistance from the city and insurance roadblocks. In a letter to Chris Frost, chairman of a mayor-appointed public safety task force, of which Witt is a member, Witt said she would take her offer off the table for now.


Fri February 10, 2012
Business and the Economy

Kentucky to Receive Millions in Settlement

Millions of dollars from a national foreclosure settlement with five large banks will go to Kentuckians who are struggling to make their mortgage payments or who have already lost their homes through foreclosure. Kentucky was one of the last states to agree to the $25 billion deal with Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Ally Financial. The commonwealth’s share of the settlement is nearly $59 million.

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Fri February 10, 2012


Fri February 10, 2012
All Politics are Local

Coalition Supports Gambling Ballot

Business, union and education leaders from across the state announced Thursday the formation of an advocacy group to call for putting a constitutional amendment to expand gambling on the November ballot. The Kentucky Alliance for Jobs, a tax-exempt 501(c)4 that can raise funds and spend on political campaigns and legislation, will be a grass-roots lobbying group, said Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.