3:46pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Over Bowls Of Soup, Donors Find Recipe For Change

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:15 pm

Jon Landau serves others at PhilaSoup, a soup group based in Philadelphia.
Linton Weeks NPR

The Soup Movement in America is based on a simple recipe: Bring a bunch of people together to eat soup. Ask each person for a modest donation — say $5. Listen to a few proposals about how people might use that pool of money for a worthwhile project. Vote on the best proposal, and give all the money to the top vote-getter. Go home full and fulfilled.

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3:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Latin America

Fighting Fit, Venezuela's Chavez Roars Back

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:15 pm

President Hugo Chavez waves during a military parade in Caracas, Venezuela, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a failed coup attempt he led. After battling cancer last year, Chavez has returned to his high-profile, fiery ways.
Ariana Cubillos AP

Last year was a tough one for Venezuela's firebrand leftist president, Hugo Chavez, who has frequently taunted the United States during his 13 years in power.

In June, a cancerous tumor was discovered in Chavez's abdomen, forcing him to dramatically scale back public appearances as he sought treatment in Cuba. Some predicted that the end was near.

But this year, Chavez has returned to his outspoken ways — just in time for his re-election campaign.

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3:21pm

Thu February 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

Candidate Withdraws from District Race

A candidate for the Urban County Council has withdrawn his name from consideration after failing to meet a signature requirement on his candidacy petition. Nine months away from the elections, the number of candidates seeking to replace councilwoman KC Crosbie has been narrowed to one, barring a write-in campaign by another resident.

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3:19pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Steve Jobs' FBI File Reveals People Who Knew Him Had A Mixed Opinion Of Him

Steve Jobs.
Jeff Chiu AP

The FBI has released the files it kept on Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. The 191-pages are part of a background search the FBI undertook in order to clear him for an appointment made to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush in 1991.

For the background check, the FBI conducted 30 interviews with friends, family, neighbors and former colleagues. What emerged was a portrait of a man admired for his brilliance but whose personal life and character are often questioned. It's not unlike the picture painted in Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography "Steve Jobs."

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3:17pm

Thu February 9, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Authorizes Tax Reform Commission

Twenty-three Kentuckians, representing a broad spectrum of public and private sector experience and from all corners of the state, will serve on the new Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday. The Commission, to be led by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, will work over the coming months to develop recommendations to make the state’s tax code more responsive to the ups and downs of the economy, as well as to make taxes more equitable for Kentuckians.

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3:15pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Escaped 'Rhino' Successfully Captured In Tokyo

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 3:40 pm

Netting the escapee.
BBC News

In 2010, it was a guy dressed up in a tiger suit that wouldn't have scared many toddlers. One year keepers successfully captured a "zebra."

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3:01pm

Thu February 9, 2012
State Capitol

Group Performs Coal Skit in Frankfort

Members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are preparing for next week's I Love Mountains Day rally in Frankfort. Several members performed a skit in the Capitol Rotunda today depicting fake legislators and coal operators trading cash while the sick and needy looked on. KFTC member Chris Schimmoeller says the point of the skit was to show the cozy relationship coal companies have with lawmakers.

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2:18pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Pike Roads are Traffic Hazard

Coal truck traffic is causing major problems on some Pike County roads, officials said this week. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, court members voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency on a pair of state highways in Pike County, in part because the volume of coal truck traffic on the narrow, winding highways is creating a traffic hazard.

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2:15pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Commonwealth

Highway Fatalities Increase in Kentucky

The rate of fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways has increased in 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky State Police. There were 64 fatalities as of Feb. 9, five more than at the same time last year. “Although it is still early, we want to be proactive in addressing this increase in highway deaths on Kentucky roadways,” KSP spokesperson Lt. David Jude said in a press release.

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2:05pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Call It 'Gulf Of America,' Not Gulf Of Mexico, Lawmaker Says In Bit Of Satire

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:26 pm

Sept. 2005: Hurricane Rita enters the Gulf of Mexico — or Gulf of America, as Mississippi House Rep. Stephen Holland would say.
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Update at 3:25 p.m. ET. It's Satirical, The Lawmaker Says:

Daniel Cherry of Mississippi Public Broadcasting just talked with Rep. Stephen Holland — the Democratic lawmaker who's getting a lot of attention for introducing a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of America.

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