1:53pm

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Fitch Downgrades Credit Of 5 E.U. Countries, Including Spain, Italy

Fitch Ratings announced it was cutting the ratings of Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, and Cyprus.

Italy and Spain, two of the biggest eurozone economies, suffered a two-notch drop. Italy went from A+ to A- and Spain went from A to AA-.

Bloomberg reports:

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1:49pm

Fri January 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dengue Fever Cases Surge Worldwide

Not who you want to meet on your tropical vacation.
USDA AP

If winter has you daydreaming of a vacation to sunny lands, you might want to consider the risk of dengue fever in your plans.

The number of cases of the disease, a severe flu-like illness with excruciating headaches, joint and muscle pain, is soaring, according to an update from the World Health Organization.

Now more than 40 percent of the world's population is at risk — 2.5 billion people, according to the group. In 2010, there were 1.6 million cases in the Americas alone.

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12:50pm

Fri January 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Study: 1 in 14 People Has Oral HPV Infection

So how many people have human papillomavirus in their mouths?

Quite a few, say researchers who got more than 5,000 volunteers across the country to spit into a cup and answer detailed questions about their sex lives.

The bottom line: 6.9 percent of people in the U.S. (ages 14 to 69) have oral infections with HPV. Some types of HPV are linked to cancer and genital warts.

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12:35pm

Fri January 27, 2012
State Capitol

Senate Democrats Consider Redistricting Lawsuits

House Republicans aren’t the only members of the General Assembly looking to sue over new redistricting lines. Democratic state Senator Kathy Stein says she and many of her Lexington supporters are strongly considering getting involved as well. A handful of House Republicans filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court today challenging the House redistricting map. Stein says she is likely to join those Republicans.

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12:32pm

Fri January 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Hospitals Fear Bill Could Lead to Overcrowding

While Kentucky lawmakers discuss limiting access to medicine containing pseudoephedrine, an official at Jennie Stuart Medical Center fears restrictions may lead to overcrowded doctors’ offices. Three bills pertaining to pseudoephedrine have been introduced to the Kentucky General Assembly. House Bill 80, co-authored by Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, and Rep. Myron Dossett, R-Pembroke, would prohibit anyone convicted of a methamphetamine-related crime from purchasing pseudoephedrine without a prescription. The bill is under discussion with the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville.

12:27pm

Fri January 27, 2012
State Capitol

Lawmakers Study Capital Punishment System

Kentucky’s attempts to execute a Cincinnati man who abducted, raped and killed a manager of the now defunct Barleycorn’s Yacht Club in Newport faces a new hurdle. Lawmakers want time to look at a two-year study of the state’s capital punishment system by the American Bar Association. The study, presented to members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in Frankfort, found state or federal courts overturned the sentences or convictions of 50 of the 78 people sent to death row since the 1976.

12:20pm

Fri January 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

Cargo Vessel Strikes Kentucky Bridge, Collapses

The motor vessel Delta Mariner after an impact with the Eggner Ferry Bridge on Thursday night leaves portions of the bridge being draped atop the vessel.
Courtesy of WKDZ, Cadiz

UPDATED: A portion of the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry bridge over Kentucky Lake in Marshall County has collapsed after it was struck Thursday night by a cargo vessel. Fortunately, there were no injuries. No cars where on the bridge at the time. The bridge is closed now.

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12:20pm

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

College Presidents Have Problems With Obama's Message On Tuition

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 6:19 pm

President Obama making his case this morning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Taking an issue he highlighted during his State of the Union address on the road, President Obama this morning told an audience at the University of Michigan that he is "putting colleges on notice" that the era of unabated tuition hikes is over, as The Associated Press reports.

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12:06pm

Fri January 27, 2012
Africa

After Bombings, An Exodus From A Nigerian City

Glory Ndudi, a Christian, and her five children board a bus headed out of town on Wednesday. The recent bomb attacks that have targeted churches in Kano, Nigeria, have led to an exodus of Christians from the city.
Grant Clark NPR

The New Road bus station in the heart of Kano is a scene of bedlam.

Men, women and children are milling around, with huge bundles and baggage in all shapes and sizes, waiting to be loaded onto half a dozen buses. Others are already onboard. They're in a desperate hurry to head south, leaving behind this troubled city in the north of Nigeria.

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11:45am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Pentagon's Spending On Key Injuries Isn't Being Tracked Well, Auditors Say

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 11:48 am

The Defense Department has spent close to $3 billion since 2007 to treat and study traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder — the leading injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a federal investigation finds that the department's programs are so disorganized that it's difficult to figure out how the money has been spent.

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