9:35am

Fri February 3, 2012

9:33am

Fri February 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

Mild Winter Days May Give Way to Storms

The galoshes went back into the closet this week as Kentucky has enjoyed temperatures eclipsing 60 degrees. According to Kentucky Mesonet, a research network that compiles climate data from throughout the state, Christian County saw an average high of 67.1 degrees Wednesday.  Tuesday saw a high of 62.6 degrees and Monday 61.9 degrees.

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9:29am

Fri February 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

Georgetown Police Chief Loses Command

Greg Reeves.
Georgetown News-Graphic

Georgetown Council member Brad Penn confirmed that Greg Reeves has been relieved of his duties as chief of police by Mayor Everette Varney. Penn said he was notified by the mayor in an afternoon phone call. By law, the Georgetown chief of police works under purview of the mayor. Personnel moves are at the mayor's discretion and need not be approved by the city council.

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9:26am

Fri February 3, 2012
Sports

KY Automakers Make Super Bowl Debut

Susan Henson, who works in quality control at Toyota's Georgetown plant, also is featured in the ad.
Toyota Manufacturing

Aiming to promote the newest Camry, Toyota will return to Super Bowl Sunday advertising this weekend for the first time in three years, and the automaker has turned to its workers in Georgetown to help. Among Toyota's advertisements during Super Bowl coverage will be one that features the Scott County plant and eight of its workers, and showcases Kentucky's role in building the vehicle that has been the best-selling car in America for 10 years straight and 14 of the past 15 years. The Camry has been assembled in Georgetown since the plant opened in 1988.

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9:23am

Fri February 3, 2012
Health and Welfare

State Rejects Northern Kentucky NICU Request

Kentucky officials have rejected St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s application to open a top-level neonatal intensive care unit in Edgewood. St. Elizabeth has been fighting for more than a year to open the unit, which would provide ventilation and other services to babies born between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation. But the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services ruled late Wednesday that while St. Elizabeth demonstrated the NICU would benefit Northern Kentucky, it did not prove that families needing the service could not get medical care at Cincinnati hospitals or elsewhere in Kentucky.

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9:21am

Fri February 3, 2012
Sports

Patriots' Defensive Lineman Played at E'town

Brandon Deaderick.

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the country every year. People tune in for a variety of reasons – the game, the commercials or the halftime show. This year when the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Hardin County residents will have another reason to watch the game. Former Elizabethtown standout Brandon Deaderick is a starting defensive lineman for the Patriots.

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9:17am

Fri February 3, 2012
Health and Welfare

Failed Merger Prompts UofL Hospital Review

University Medical Center in Louisville is conducting a self-review in the wake of a failed merger attempt. UMC is made up of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The organization recently tried to merge with Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives, but Governor Steve Beshear blocked the deal. Now, UMC’s board has formed a committee to look at questions over the organization’s financial viability, management and operations that arose during merger talks.

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9:15am

Fri February 3, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Whitfield Seeks Delay on Greenhouse Gas Rules

Three House Republicans, including Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield are trying something new when it comes to opposing the Obama Administration’s environmental regulations: they’re asking the White House to stop. Whitfield and two of his fellow Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget asking the director to delay upcoming rules regulating greenhouse gases. The OMB has been reviewing the draft rules for several months and they’re scheduled to be released soon.

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8:32am

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Edges Down To 8.3 Percent

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 9:41 am

The nation's unemployment rate dipped to 8.3 percent in January from 8.5 percent the month before as private employers added 257,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported. Overall, after a small drop at government agencies, employment grew by 243,000.

We'll add more from the report momentarily.

Update at 9:40 a.m. ET. White House, Republican Reactions:

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8:20am

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt Roiling: Deaths At Protests; Two Americans Reportedly Kidnapped

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 8:23 am

In Cairo earlier today, a masked Egyptian protester prepared to throw back a tear gas canister fired by security forces.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

The news from Egypt is grim again today:

-- "At least two people have been shot and killed in the Egyptian city of Suez, as police used live rounds to hold back crowds during a protest over security forces' failure to prevent a deadly football riot," al-Jazeera reports. And it adds that "one person was killed in Cairo just feet away from the Interior Ministry, as police in Cairo set off salvos of tear gas and fired birdshot."

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