Tue October 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Taxes, Jobs Debated by Lieutenant Governor Candidates

For the first time in this fall campaign season, the three candidates for  lieutenant governor shared a ‘debate’ setting.  It came during a series of forums broadcast statewide by Kentucky Educational Television.  Taxes and jobs dominated much of the discussion.

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After graduating from Earlham College with a Bachelor's degree in English, Walters interned at NPR in the Middle East. After returning to the states she joined the staff of Morning Edition in 2000. Soon Walters was recruited to All Things Considered and spent two years on the show. On September 11, 2001, Walters stood on top of NPR's Washington, DC, headquarters watching the smoke float by from the attack on the Pentagon. Walters contributed to NPR's award-winning coverage of that day. The following year she interviewed and produced several minute long segments of survivors remembering the loved ones they lost that day.

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Tue October 25, 2011
NPR News Investigations

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 12:27 pm

Derrin Yellow Robe, 3, stands in his great-grandparents' backyard on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. Along with his twin sister and two older sisters, he was taken off the reservation by South Dakota's Department of Social Services in July 2009 and spent a year and a half in foster care before being returned to his family.

John Poole NPR

Overview of a three-part investigation

Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes under questionable circumstances. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is largely failing to place them according to the law. The vast majority of native kids in foster care in South Dakota are in nonnative homes or group homes, according to an NPR analysis of state records.

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Tue October 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Perry Unveils His 'Cut, Balance And Grow Plan'

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 11:45 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at last week's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

John Gurzinski AFP/Getty Images

Saying that it "reorders the way they do business in Washington by reinventing the tax code and restoring our nation to fiscal health through balanced budgets and entitlement reform," Texas Gov. Rick Perry is this hour unveiling his "cut, balance and grow plan" on taxes.

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Tue October 25, 2011
The Picture Show

Photos Show Sheer Scale Of Shark Fin Trade

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:19 am

An estimated 2 million hammerhead sharks are caught for the shark fin trade each year.

Shawn Heinrichs

Every year, 73 million sharks are killed for their fins. Most go to make shark fin soup, a luxury dish and status symbol in some Asian cultures that can sell for $100 a bowl. Currently, 30 percent of shark and ray species are threatened with extinction.

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Tue October 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LOU Orchestra Seeks Replacements

The process of replacing the Louisville Orchestra musicians has begun. Orchestra management declared their intention to hire new players Monday, after yet another failed round of talks with the musicians.

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Tue October 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Needed: Owner for Perry County Bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes to give away this historic bridge on Ky. 80 in Perry County.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Want to own a piece of transportation history? The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for a new owner for an 82-year-old, 456-foot, three-span steel bridge. The bridge, over the north folk of the Kentucky River in Perry County on Ky. 80, is set to be replaced next year. Through a new program, the cabinet is willing to give the 1929 bridge, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, to a new owner rather than demolish it.

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Tue October 25, 2011

Despite Handicap, Teen Plays for Taylor County

Jay Gaines has been facing challenges all of his life. Gaines was born with one arm and one leg, but he continues to have big dreams, and he is making them come true as a member of the Taylor County High School football team. Active is the word many people who know Jay would use to describe him. Taylor County High School head football coach Eric Graves said he has been impressed, and amazed, since seeing Jay on the football field.

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Tue October 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Mayor Takes Over in Covington

Businessman Chuck Scheper will be named mayor of Northern Kentucky’s largest city on Tuesday to serve out the term of Denny Bowman, who resigned in September. Scheper, one of three people interviewed by city commissioners, will be sworn in during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

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