12:01am

Thu February 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 9:04 pm

Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Recruiting doctors to live and work in rural America is a chronic problem. Most health centers try to attract workers with big salaries and expensive homes.

Shots previously reported that one center in Maine was trying to lure medical students to the countryside for their final two years with the hope that they stick around.

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12:01am

Thu February 2, 2012
Digital Life

Zynga CEO Wants To Bring Playtime To The Masses

Mark Pincus is the CEO of Zynga, the largest maker of games on Facebook. Right now 1 billion people play games online. Pincus wants to see that number double in five years, and wants his company to grab a larger market share.
AP

Ever harvested crops on FarmVille or laid down a triple-point Q on the Scrabble knockoff Words With Friends? Then you've spent time with Zynga, the largest maker of Facebook games.

Armed with cash and a massive database of user habits, Zynga's CEO Mark Pincus wants to expand the universe of digital game players from sci-fi geeks to soccer moms and their kids.

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7:26pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Europe

The Mood Shifts For Russia's Putin In His Hometown

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 7:53 am

With the Russian presidential election set for next month, the heavily favored candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, visited the election center last week as it prepared for the polls.
Yana Lapikova AFP/Getty Images

Even in the dead of winter, the Russian city of St. Petersburg, with its church spires, palaces and waterways, is one of the world's truly beautiful cities. It was here that the Russian revolution began, and it's here where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev cut their teeth politically.

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5:55pm

Wed February 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Automaker Chrysler Posts First Profit Since 1997

Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee pushed Chrysler back to profitability for the first time since 1997.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Automaker Chrysler, which only three years ago received a $12.5 billion government bailout, last year posted its first profit since 1997.

The Auburn Hill, Mich.-based company, which is now majority owned by Italy's Fiat SpA, said today that it earned $183 million last year vs. a loss of $652 million in 2010.

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5:30pm

Wed February 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Status Updated: Facebook Files Papers For IPO

Let the clever social media-related headlines and ledes begin:

"Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University." (The Associated Press)

The wire service adds that:

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5:10pm

Wed February 1, 2012
The Salt

Is Today's Beef Better For The Environment?

Beef cattle stand in a barn on the Larson Farms feedlot in Maple Park, Ill.
DANIEL ACKER Landov

The American beef industry has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. Beef has been linked to heart disease and cancer and hamburgers have been recalled. We're also often told that cattle require a lot of precious food and water to make tender steaks.

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5:03pm

Wed February 1, 2012
All Politics are Local

Beshear Calls for Drug Treatment Programs

An eastern Kentucky prosecutor says he's seeing a rise in armed robberies, fatal drug overdoses, and even the sale of urine for people taking drug tests.Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner spoke at a prescription drug abuse summit at the University of Kentucky Tuesday. He says the epidemic is real.

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4:57pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

City Could Transfer Control of Parking Garages

Three Lexington parking garages in need of repairs could end up under the ownership of the Lexington-Fayette County Parking Authority if a new proposal is approved by the Urban County Council. The proposal, which will go before the council next week, argues that handing over control of the Annex garage on West Main Street, the Victorian Square garage on West Short Street, and the Transit Center garage on East Vine Street to the Parking Authority would ease the burden on taxpayers.

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4:54pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Business and the Economy

Gas Pipeline to Expand and Add Jobs

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline will expand its presence in Owensboro and construct a second facility for its headquarters expansion. The nearly $5.3 million project will help create up to 20 new jobs over the next few years, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office. Southern Star is an interstate natural gas transmission and storage system spanning approximately 6,000 miles and serves customers in seven states.

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4:51pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Historical Society Hosts Slavery Program

The Kentucky Historical Society will host a free Family History Workshop, “Tracing Slavery and Slaveholding on the Kentucky Frontier,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. What happens when a black woman researching her roots comes face to face with descendants of the people who enslaved her ancestors? Pam Smith, a Kentucky Humanities Council speaker, will describe the facts and feelings that surfaced when research led her to a university professor whose ancestors owned Smith’s enslaved great-great grandfather.

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