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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Tue February 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Fresh Look At Antidepressants Finds Low Risk Of Youth Suicide

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 5:35 pm

In 2004, after an extensive review, the Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning to doctors who prescribed antidepressants to teens and children.

Antidepressants, the FDA said, appeared to increase suicide among kids and teens. Doctors needed to be careful. The FDA even mandated that a "black-box warning," the strongest type, be placed on antidepressant packaging.

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Tue February 7, 2012
Latin America

Can Vaccines Break Cholera's Deadly Hold On Haiti?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:05 am

Haitians suffering from cholera symptoms rest at the treatment center in Mirebalais, a dusty town north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last June. The cholera epidemic in Haiti began in Mirebalais, believed to be the result of overflowing bathrooms from a nearby U.N. compound.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

The cholera outbreak in Haiti is currently the worst ongoing episode in the world.

Over the past 15 months, it has sickened more than half a million people and killed roughly 7,000. The bacteria has now spread throughout the Caribbean island, and medical experts say it will be around for years to come.

Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit, is planning to launch an unprecedented cholera vaccination campaign to try to curb the outbreak — but it faces many challenges, including a shortage of the vaccine.

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Tue February 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Why Missouri Voters Have The 'Beauty Contest' Blues

There's no waiting in line at O'Fallon City Hall. A half-dozen election volunteers have been eagerly hoping that more people will turn up for Tuesday's Republican primary.

After five hours, they've seen a grand total of 33 voters. Normally, the City Hall precinct gets about 250 people to turn out for a primary.

"We haven't had many," says Vince Scully, a retired printer and election official. As for a late rush in the evening, he says, "We won't have that today."

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Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Flipping 'The Bird' Just Isn't Obscene Anymore, Law Professor Argues

M.I.A.'s now famous finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Christopher Polk Getty Images
(Note: This is a post about obscenity. Proceed with caution if the subject bothers you.)

We've got one more thing to say about "the bird" and singer M.I.A.'s flipping of her middle finger on national TV during Sunday's halftime show at the Super Bowl.

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Tue February 7, 2012
All Politics are Local

CHFS Secretary Resigns

Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has resigned her position, effective Feb. 29. Secretary Janie Miller was appointed by Beshear during his first term. The Cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services. Miller’s resignation comes at a time when the department’s transparency is being challenged in court. But Miller’s decision is to seek other opportunities, according to a news release sent from Beshear’s office.

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Tue February 7, 2012
The Commonwealth

Delta Mariner Leaves Accident Site

Salvage work to free the Delta Mariner from the Eggner's Ferry bridge accident site began Saturday and culminated Monday with the huge vessel moving downriver. The ship, carrying rocket parts, struck the bridge Thursday.
Greg Travis/Murray Ledger & Times

The Delta Mariner cargo ship, hauling rocket parts to NASA, has been moved downstream to shallower waters to continue salvage operations and a safety zone has been lifted following a collision Jan. 26 that destroyed one section of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge near Aurora. Salvage workers finished cutting away debris attached to the underwater hull Monday morning.


Tue February 7, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Two Kentucky Mines Closed

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has announced the closure of four mines in Kentucky and West Virginia and reduced coal production at others. “In Harlan County, two of the Still House Mining Companies are being closed, one being Mine Number One known as Perkins Branch and the other is Cave Spur,” said Alpha Natural Resources Corporate Communications Vice President Ted Pile. The closing will put 129 miners out of work in Harlan County, Pile said.