10:56am

Fri January 6, 2012
State Capitol

Discussion Over College Graduation Rates

A state Senator from Louisville has come under fire for trying to legislate that the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville play each other in basketball and football. Democratic Senator Tim Shaughnessy has filed a bill that includes language that requires UK and U of L to play each other every year. But Shaughnessy says that’s not the point of his bill.

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10:52am

Fri January 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Invited to Workforce Program

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Workforce Investment Board announced Friday that Kentucky is among the first states to be accepted into the national ACT Certified Work Ready Communities Academy. Membership will help Kentucky be a national leader in developing the local workforce skills necessary to meet current employer demands and attract businesses to the state in the future.

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10:52am

Fri January 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Invited to Workforce Program

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Workforce Investment Board announced Friday that Kentucky is among the first states to be accepted into the national ACT Certified Work Ready Communities Academy. Membership will help Kentucky be a national leader in developing the local workforce skills necessary to meet current employer demands and attract businesses to the state in the future.

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10:48am

Fri January 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

State Fire Marshal Seeks Public Help

A startling increase in suspected arson fires around several central Kentucky communities has prompted Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope to seek the public’s help in solving the crimes. Since December, nearly a dozen fires of suspicious origin have been set in Fayette, Jessamine, Lincoln and Pulaski counties, prompting state and local officials to ramp up efforts to get information from the public, according to a state press release.

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10:46am

Fri January 6, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Can Construction Help Build The Recovery?

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 11:05 am

A construction worker walks on the roof of a newly built home in Westport, Conn. The construction sector, which has been battered by the depressed housing sector, added 17,000 jobs in December.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Of all the good news in the December unemployment report, perhaps the most encouraging sign for the 2012 labor market was the increase in construction jobs. That sector has lost more than 2 million jobs as the housing market imploded 5 years ago, but increases in construction hiring and spending could be cautious signs of a turnaround, analysts say.

Overall, employers created 200,000 jobs last month, sending the U.S. unemployment rate down to 8.5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

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10:44am

Fri January 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Hewlett-Packard to Close Winchester Center

Winchester is losing a company that at one time was one of its largest employers. Officials with the Hewlett-Packard company in early December informed employees at its Winchester call center, located on Bypass Road, that it would be closing the center sometime this year. The closure affects about 150 employees.

10:38am

Fri January 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Taking New Hampshire's Temperature, On A Frozen Lake

Dan Shaw of the Andover police department sets a line with friend Matt Snow of Belmont, N.H.
John W. Pool NPR

Reporter Liz Halloran and I have been motoring around New Hampshire the past few days, chasing candidate events and taking the political temperature of the state.

On the way to a Santorum event Thursday we spotted a small lake dotted with ice fishing shelters — the first we'd seen all week. Apparently, the ice only became thick enough in the last two weeks or so.

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10:37am

Fri January 6, 2012
Business

Better-Than-Expected Jobs Report Lifts Markets

The Labor Department announced Friday that 200,000 jobs were created in December, and the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent. The new hiring came largely in transportation and warehousing. Tens of thousands of other people found jobs in retail and manufacturing.

10:33am

Fri January 6, 2012
Remembrances

Barbara Lea: Remembering A Versatile Cabaret Singer

Barbara Lea was a singer known for her straightforward interpretations, precise diction, and respect for the intentions of each song's composer and lyrist. She died December 26th at the age of 82, from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Lea got her start singing in clubs in the 1950s. Her first album, A Woman in Love, released in 1955, was named one of the finest recordings of the year. Though she dropped out of singing for a while, she made a comeback in New York's cabaret world in the 1970s.

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