Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

High Court Lets Stand Ruling Ordering Removal Of Crosses In Utah

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 8:40 am

The United States Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that ordered the removal of 12-foot high crosses placed along highways in Utah to commemorate state troopers killed in the line of duty.

The court acted without comment, but Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a 19-page dissent.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Monkey See

For Halloween, Please Enjoy This Story In Which NPH Freaks Out Ever So Gently

Delusion sold 25,000 tickets — at $40 a head — in less than a week. Creator Jon Braver hopes the attraction's success might be enough to launch a franchise.

Haunted Play

It's Halloween. Want to hear Neil Patrick Harris get freaked out?

Thought so. You'll want to click on that play button above, and check out Neda Ulaby's All Things Considered piece on an L.A. haunted house — more of an interactive play, really — called Delusion.

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

'Ghost Stories': FBI Releases Documents, Videos Of Russian Spy Operation

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 1:16 pm

Christopher Metsos in Queens, N.Y.



Mon October 31, 2011
All Politics are Local

Fayette Clerk's Office Busy Beyond Election Demands

Officials in the Fayette County Clerk’s office are gearing up for next Tuesday’s election.  But,  even after the vote is counted, the work there will continue.  Many voters casting a ballot November eighth may find themselves in a different precinct in the next election.  Local and state officials are redrawing district boundaries for city councils, school boards and the state legislature.  When it comes to representation in the state legislature, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevin already knows some people will find themselves represented by someone new.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Around the Nation

In L.A., Interactive Play Draws Scares

The buzz in Los Angeles for Halloween includes enthusiasm for the interactive play, called Delusion. In the words of the blurb, "This inclusive scare-down has audiences as participants in an interactive play by creator and professional stuntman Jon Braver, who uses his Hollywood background to pack punches in a twisted story of a mad asylum genius gone bad."


Mon October 31, 2011

Facing Stiffened Opposition, Obama Goes It Alone

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:30 pm

President Obama signed an executive order Monday directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages. The order is one of several similar actions the president has taken in recent weeks.

Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama, faced with what he described as an "increasingly dysfunctional" Congress, has turned repeatedly in recent weeks to the time-honored, but often controversial executive order to unilaterally make policy.

On Monday, Obama signed an executive order designed to require drug companies to report anticipated manufacturing shortages in advance. Last week, he said he would issue an executive order designed to help ease home-refinancing rules. And earlier in the same week, the president issued a directive to cap student loan payments.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Keeneland Hits a High Mark in Attendance

The just completed fall meet at Keeneland saw the largest number of race fans ever.  Over its 17 days, just over 250-thousand spectators visited the Lexington track.  The previous high mark was set in Spring, 2006 with slightly more than 244-thousand patrons for 15 days of racing.  Keeneland spokeswoman Julie Balog adds the among of money gambled was up nine percent.

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

60 Troopers Graduate from KSP Academy

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers at ceremonies held Sunday in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 914 troopers. “It's always an exciting day when we graduate new recruits,” said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. 

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Mon October 31, 2011

National Horse Show at Horse Park

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

Vendors are readying their displays and decorators are setting out the finishing touches at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena.  This Wednesday, the National Horse Show will open for the first time in Lexington. For decades the event was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City before moving to Wellington, Florida and Syracuse, New York. 

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Salt

Kids And Teens See More Ads For Sugary Drinks

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 3:00 pm

Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008.

Todd Keith iStockphoto.com

From 2008 to 2010, children's and teens' exposure to television ads for soda doubled, according to a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. And beverage companies targeted black and Hispanic kids more than others in recent ads, the report found.

Commercials for Coke and Dr. Pepper products led the increase. Pepsi actually showed young audiences 22 percent fewer commercials for its products in that same time period.

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