4:04pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Business and the Economy

Mount Sterling Company Adds 40 Jobs

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced Olympic Steel will expand the scope of its plans to locate in Mount Sterling. The company first announced last summer it would locate a new steel service center there, creating 20 new jobs. As a result of increased growth, Olympic Steel will purchase an additional 100,000-square-foot facility and create another 40 jobs, bringing its new employment to 60.

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4:02pm

Mon January 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth Files for Re-Election

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., began his re-election campaign Monday by filing his paperwork with the secretary of state’s office. Elected to Congress in 2006, Yarmuth was part of a wave election that saw Republicans lose control of the House but Democratic control was lost in 2010. The party will need to recapture 25 seats to regain the majority and polling shows both parties have equal chances, with 45 percent want Democrats to win control of Congress while 43 percent want Republicans to maintain power.

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4:02pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Health

Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 8:17 pm

In one of the print ads in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life campaign, a young girl says she doesn't like going to school, because "all the other kids pick on me. It hurts my feelings."
Courtesy of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Stark billboards and television commercials that feature overweight kids are part of a controversial anti-obesity campaign in Atlanta. The goal of the "Stop Sugarcoating It, Georgia" ads is to shock families into recognizing that obesity is a problem.

The campaign is making an impact, but the tactics are raising questions.

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4:01pm

Mon January 9, 2012
State Capitol

Grimes Names Communications Staff

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her communications staff Monday, appointing Lynn Sowards Zellen to serve as her chief spokeswoman. The Lexington attorney will coordinate office communications, respond to media inquiries and devote attention to legislative initiatives related to the secretary of state’s office. Zellen worked as a business litigation attorney, advocating for clients before courts across the commonwealth, including cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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4:01pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Planet Money

People Want More Coins, That's A Good Sign For The Economy

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 5:40 pm

Demand for quarter, dimes, nickels, and pennies was up this year.
AP

All the instability in the global economy this year has been good for the United States Mint. People in search of a safe place to put their money have been buying gold and silver coins in record numbers.

"Precious metal coins were up $800 million dollars last year and that's approximately thirty some percent," says Richard Peterson, deputy director of the Mint.

According the the Mint's annual report, they sold 45.2 million ounces of gold and silver coins in 2011.

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4:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Health and Welfare

Beshear Turns Down Revised Hospital Merger

 

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has again rejected a proposed merger involving University of Louisville Hospital with Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. Last month, the governor found business consolidation would result in the loss of a public asset and blocked the deal. The merger would’ve put University Hospital under a contract inspired by Catholic doctrine that would have blocked certain reproductive health procedures and change employee benefits.

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3:59pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Chandler Weighs In On Redistricting, Giffords

U.S. Congressman Ben Chandler visited his district today and shared some thoughts on the redistricting debate in Frankfort and colleague Gabrielle Giffords. 

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3:57pm

Mon January 9, 2012
The Commonwealth

Memo To Taxpayers: Remember Earned Income Tax Credit

 Last year thousands of low and middle income Kentuckians qualified for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, but did not claim the benefit. State and local officials want to change that situation this year. Monday morning at the United Way of the Bluegrass headquarters, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear encouraged eligible Kentuckians not to leave that money 'on the table'.

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3:39pm

Mon January 9, 2012
World

Iran Cultivates Friends In Washington's Backyard

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 5:47 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he is welcomed by Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua (at right, wearing glasses and tie) at the airport in Caracas on Sunday. Ahmadinejad is on a five-day tour aimed at shoring up ties in Latin America.
Juan Barret AFP/Getty Images

Isolated by the West because of Iran's nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is turning to close allies in the Americas for diplomatic support.

He kicked off his four-nation tour of Latin America on Monday in Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, accuses the U.S. of trying to dominate the world. Ahmadinejad's next stops are Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador — all sharply critical of Washington's foreign policy.

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3:39pm

Mon January 9, 2012
It's All Politics

In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 7:00 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to the press after speaking at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., on Jan. 9.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

As Mount Washington calmly reigns over much of New Hampshire's geography, Mount Romney smiles down on the last day before the state holds the nation's first presidential primary.

The front-running former governor of neighboring Massachusetts spent the day getting chummy with crowds in Nashua and Hudson and Bedford, reciting his favorite lines from "America the Beautiful" and engaging in other behaviors just as risky. He came out in favor of free enterprise and job creation and got really cross with the Chinese for currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.

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