10:09pm

Mon January 23, 2012
State Capitol

Congressional Redistricting Talks Break Down

Talks have broken down over new Congressional redistricting lines, Kentucky lawmakers say. A conference committee tasked with reach a compromise on new federal districts had no discussions over the weekend or today. And House Speaker Greg Stumbo says both the House and Senate are blaming each other for the lack of progress.

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10:07pm

Mon January 23, 2012
All Politics are Local

Paul Refuses Frisk; Escorted by Airport Guards

Appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on Monday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., explained his clash with Transportation Security Administration in Nashville on Monday, and once again criticized the federal agency’s security policies.

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10:03pm

Mon January 23, 2012
State Capitol

Lawmakers Issue Rare Subpoenas

For only the second time in its history, a Kentucky legislative committee will issue subpoenas...This time over Medicaid managed care and locally-owned pharmacies. The Program Review and Investigations Committee voted today to authorize subpoenas to Kentucky’s three new managed care providers over reimbursement rates to independent pharmacies. Passport, based in Louisville, is exempt from the subpoena.

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8:07pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Picture Show

One Man's Quest To Capture America's Endangered Zoo Animals (With A Camera)

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:06 am

A spectacled owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata)
Joel Sartore National Geographic

To spend a day in the life of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, there are a few things you have to get used to. Really long drives, for one. Tigers charging at you. And, of course ... well ... messes.

"I'm the only studio portrait photographer I know whose subjects routinely poop and pee on the background right in front of me," he says from behind the lens.

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7:29pm

Mon January 23, 2012
A Blog Supreme

The Extraordinary Career Of A Man Who Managed Jazz Musicians

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:13 pm

John Levy.
Tom Pich NEA

This post was originally published shortly after John Levy's death late last week. Click the audio link above to hear a remembrance of Levy by NPR's Sami Yenigun.

This weekend, we learned that the jazz businessman John Levy died on Friday. His wife, Devra Hall Levy, announced the news on Saturday in a press release available on John Levy's website, Lushlife. He was nearly 100 years old.

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6:34pm

Mon January 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Renews Attack On Gingrich Over His Role At Freddie Mac

Newt Gingrich is refuting new attacks about his role at mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Gingrich's reflection is seen here as he walks out mirrored doors in Tampa, Fla. to deliver remarks and greet supporters on Jan. 23.
PAUL J. RICHARDS AFP/Getty Images

It didn't take Mitt Romney long to come out swinging in Florida after his stinging defeat in this weekend's South Carolina primary.

At a news conference in Florida, which holds the nation's next contest on Jan. 31, Romney called former House Speaker Newt Gingrich "erratic" and said his work for government-backed mortgage firm Freddie Mac could haunt the GOP in the form of "October surprises."

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6:22pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Europe

EU Squeezes Iran With New Oil Sanctions

The EU has agreed to an embargo on buying oil from Iran in the latest sanction against that country for its nuclear program. Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, speaks here in Brussels on Monday following a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Virginia Mayo AP

The battle over Iran's nuclear program escalated Monday as the European Union announced an embargo on importing oil from Iran.

For years, Europe has been reluctant to join the United States in imposing tough sanctions on Iran. The United States years ago stopped buying Iranian oil, while European nations including France, Spain, Italy, and Greece kept up their purchases. European countries right now buy about 600,000 barrels of oil per day from Iran.

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6:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Depot Officials Awaiting Word

As it stands now, destruction of aging chemical munitions stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot is scheduled to begin in 2017.  But, the timeline could still change.  The storing and disposal of chemical agents has been debated in central Kentucky for decades.  The deadline for ridding the Bluegrass Army Depot of nerve and mustard agents has been pushed back more than once.  Jeff Brubaker, manager of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Plant project, says cost increases for the disposal program were noted in late 2010 and that prompted a six month review.

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5:55pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Washington Set To Be Seventh State To OK Same-Sex Marriages

Citing the Golden Rule and saying that "all men and women in our state [should] enjoy the same privileges that are so important in my life," the last legislator needed to pass same-sex marriage legislation in Washington State announced this afternoon that she will support the measure.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, a Democrat, posted a statement about her decision here.

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5:47pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Salt

Not Your Grandmother's Hospital Food

Hospital food is going from gruel to gourmet.
iStockphoto.com

Hospital food, like airplane food, is the kind of institutional food we love to hate.

But the days of jello cups and puddles of grayish gravy are numbered.

A lot of people — from deep-pocketed foodies to fast-food lovers to locavores — aren't standing for barely edible hospital food anymore.

At one end of the spectrum, some hospitals are going extreme gourmet. And not just with spinach salad or whole grain rolls on the tray.

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