Thu January 12, 2012
NPR Story

Obama Takes Aim At Republican Comments

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 10:12 pm



Aides say President Obama won't get deeply involved in the political campaign until Republicans settle on a nominee, but Mr. Obama has already been busy fundraising. Today, his campaign announced that it raised $130 million last year. And as NPR's Scott Horsley reports, even when the president is conducting his official duties, it's easy to sense the political subtext.

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Thu January 12, 2012
Health and Welfare

More Testimoney on Ways to Stop Meth

Officials from outside of Kentucky are encouraging state lawmakers not to repeat their missteps in the fight against meth.  At a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, officials from Oklahoma and Mississippi testified about how they've restricted the purchase of pseudoephedrine (PSE)—a common decongestant in cold medicines and an integral ingredient in meth.

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Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

In Alaska: Nome Still Waits For Fuel, Big Shovels Headed To Cordova

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 8:55 am

A member of the Alaska National Guard clearing a walkway in Cordova earlier this week.
Spc. Balinda O'Neal, Alaska National Guard AP
  • Tony Gorman, reporting from Valdez

It's hard to fathom from afar just how rough the weather has been in parts of Alaska for the past month or so. It's winter, sure. But things have been particularly brutal. And there seems to be no end in sight.

Here's some of the latest news about how thing are going:

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Thu January 12, 2012

To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down On Soot, Ozone

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 10:12 pm

An Indian street dweller prepares food on the streets of Kolkata. A growing number of scientists say that reducing black carbon — mostly soot from burning wood, charcoal and dung — would have an immediate and powerful impact on climate.
Deshakalyan Chowdhury AFP/Getty Images

Politically, climate change is off this year's campaign agenda. Jobs, the economy and social issues are front and center.

But scientists are working as hard as ever to figure out how much the Earth is warming and what to do about it. Some now say it's time for a new strategy, one that gets faster results.

Talk to Durwood Zaelke, for example. Zaelke is a grizzled veteran of the climate wars: He was in Kyoto in 1997 when the world's nations drafted a treaty promising to curb warming, and he has watched that promise fizzle while the planet's temperature continues to rise.

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Thu January 12, 2012
Health and Welfare

Child Therapists Might Close Doors

State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville

Therapists who work with abused, neglected and at-risk children told a legislative panel Wednesday that they might have to close their doors if they don't receive back payments from the state soon. "Our business is struggling to keep the doors open," said Peggy Smith-Puckett, a licensed family and marriage therapist from Glasgow. "We have received only a small fraction of the money we have billed."


Thu January 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Library Receives Rare World War I Books

Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library system, shows off volumes of The Source Records of the Great War, a set of seven, gold-leafed volumes on World War I (1914-18) that were donated this month.
Patrick Reddy/Kentucky Enquirer

As the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I approaches, historians and genealogists will soon be able to use a rare series of books at the Kenton County Public Library system’s Covington branch. Compiled by Charles F. Horne in 1923, the hard-bound books with the Legion emblem embossed on the cover are known as a definitive collection providing details of the causes and various armed conflicts of World War I, said Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library system. 


Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Bill Janklow, Former U.S. Rep and S.D. Gov., Is Dead

Bill Janklow, an institution in South Dakota politics who was known for his brashness and pushing things to completion, has died at age 72.

The AP has the basics:

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Thu January 12, 2012
The Commonwealth

A Little Taste of Winter

The National Weather Service office in Louisville has issued a winter weather advisory for much of Kentucky. It will remain in effect until 9 a.m. EST on Friday. A cold front is marching through Kentucky and causing rain to change over to snow showers.

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Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

After Monitor Quits, Arab League Defends Its Syrian Peace-Keeping Mission

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 1:09 pm

In this frame grab from an amatuer video posted on YouTube, members of the Arab League monitor the recent violence in Syria.

The Arab League defended the legitimacy of its mission in Syria, today, after one of its monitors quit, saying the peace mission was a "farce."

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, yesterday, Anwar Malek, who is Algerian, said that the observers had been fooled.

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Thu January 12, 2012
It's All Politics

U.S. Chamber President Criticizes GOP's 'Intramural' Battle Over Bain

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 2:57 pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue at a press conference Thursday in Washington.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

The "Battle Over Bain" has become a hot topic at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a key player in politics.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says he is "disappointed" that some GOP presidential candidates are attacking front-runner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital in the 1990s.

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