5:19pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Self-Help Guru Sentenced To Two Years In Prison Over Sweat Lodge Deaths

The self-help guru responsible for three deaths at a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony in the Arizona desert was sentenced to two years in prison, today.

At his sentencing James Arthur Ray begged for forgiveness. The AP reports:

"Ray said during his sentencing hearing that he would have stopped the ceremony near Sedona had he known people were dying or in distress. He turned to the more than a dozen family members seated in the courtroom, tearfully taking full responsibility for the pain and anguish he caused them.

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4:34pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Gingrich's History On Health Care Gets An Exam

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 3:54 pm

At a Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas last month, Newt Gingrich got zinged by rival Mitt Romney for coming up with idea of an individual insurance mandate.
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Republican Newt Gingrich's presidential stock is rising in the polls. And his newfound popularity is also bringing new scrutiny to what he's been up to since he stepped down as Speaker of the House in 1998.

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4:26pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Commonwealth

Amish Men Cited for Buggy Safety

Hecekiah Miller of Auburn talks with friends and supporters Thursday after his pretrial hearing at the Logan County Courthouse in Russellville.
Alex Slitz/The Daily News

Three Amish men cited in Logan County for not displaying a safety emblem on the back of their horse-drawn buggies have requested jury trials in their cases. Benjamin Miller, 22, Hecekiah Miller, 28, and Monroe Miller, 31, all of Auburn, appeared Thursday in Logan District Court, where they declined an offer to have the cases against them dismissed in exchange for complying with the state law requiring them to place the emblem - a red-orange triangle designating a slow-moving vehicle - on the back of their buggies.

4:26pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Has Cancer

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in September.
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Joe Paterno's son said his father has lung cancer, but that it was treatable.

The AP reports:

Scott Paterno says in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that "his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery."

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4:21pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Officer Arrested

A Hopkinsville police officer was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie confirmed. A call came in around 5:30 p.m. that Officer Timothy Leyenaar, 35, was suspected of reckless driving, Howie said. Members of the Christian County Sheriff’s Department investigated the call, and determined there was enough evidence to arrest him on charges of DUI and reckless driving.

4:17pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Commonwealth

Baptist Healthcare Acquires Madisonville Facility

Trover Health System has started exclusive negotiations to become part of the Baptist Healthcare System. The board of directors met Wednesday and authorized Trover to enter into nonbinding letter of intent negotiations with the Louisville-headquartered organization. Baptist’s proposal is to acquire all of Trover’s assets and liabilities — essentially buying the Madisonville-based facility. Baptist Healthcare was selected over finalists LifePoint Hospitals Inc. of Brentwood, Tenn., and Owensboro Medical System after a long vetting process.

4:13pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Commonwealth

All-Breed Equine Survey

The Kentucky Horse Council is joining the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and industry groups in conducting an all-breed equine survey. The $600,000 survey was approved Thursday by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.

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4:10pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green Praised for Green Success

The Obama Administration is pointing to the success of federal spending in thirteen rural communities, including Bowling Green. The Warren County city was used as a case study in a recent report released by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which includes input from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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3:46pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Asia

Myanmar's Capital, A White Elephant In The Jungle

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 12:31 pm

People offer prayers at the newly completed Uppatasaniti Pagoda in Naypiydaw earlier this year. It's unclear when construction on the new capital began or how much it has cost this impoverished nation where round-the-clock power is a rarity.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

The government of Myanmar bars or severely restricts reporting by foreign correspondents. NPR is withholding the name of the veteran journalist who recently entered the country and filed this story, in order to protect his identity and his ability to return in the future.

The newest — and nicest — road in Myanmar is, paradoxically, one of the emptiest as well: Only a handful of cars travel along the desolate four-lane highway to nowhere, or so it seems.

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3:45pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

NCAA To Examine Penn State's Sports Programs

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in September.
Justin K. Aller Getty Images

Saying it is deeply troubled by "tragic events" alleged to have happened at Penn State, the NCAA has told the school it is launching an examination of whether the university has "institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics program, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant ... personnel."

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