2:51pm

Wed January 4, 2012
State Capitol

More Early Education Funding Sought

As Kentucky faces it’s most difficult budget yet, a new education coalition is calling for even more early education funding. The Kentucky Education Action Team is made up of well-know education associations, including the Kentucky Education Association and groups representing administratiors, teachers, parents and school boards and councils. In a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda today, they made a case for an increase in SEEK funding back to 2008 levels.

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2:20pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Gordon Hirabayashi Has Died; He Refused To Go To WWII Internment Camp

"This order for the mass evacuation of all persons of Japanese descent denies them the right to live," Seattle native Gordon Hirabayashi wrote in 1942. "I consider it my duty to maintain the democratic standards for which this nation lives. Therefore, I must refuse this order of evacuation."

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2:06pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Health and Welfare

Funding Allocated for Healthy Lifestyle Projects

Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced funding for eight projects that encourage and enable children to walk or bicycle safely to school. “Once completed, these projects will provide an opportunity for more of our children to safely practice a healthy lifestyle by walking and riding their bikes to school,” Beshear said in a press release from his office.

2:00pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

New Police Recruits Begin Training

Police recruit Benjamin Riggs walks to the head of the room to greet the mayor, police chief, and high-ranking staff.

27 new Lexington police recruits began training Tuesday, but it will be another eleven months before they hit the streets on their own. One by one, the new recruits file past the mayor, police chief, and high-ranking staff. The process began with nearly 800 applicants. Now only 27 remain. Police Chief Ronnie Bastin says the recruits - men, women, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans - represent a cross-section of the Lexington population.

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1:53pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Carmakers, VW, Report Big Gains In Auto Sales For 2011

A Jeep Wrangler is seen at a dealership in Chicago. Powered by a newly designed fleet of vehicles, the brand saw a sharp rise in sales in 2011.
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America's big three automakers all experienced double-digit sales growth in 2011, helping the U.S. market continue its rebound from a dismal 2009. With annual reports out today, Chrysler says its sales were up 26 percent, while General Motors and Ford Motor Co. reporting gains of 13 and 11 percent, respectively.

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1:50pm

Wed January 4, 2012
It's All Politics

McCain Endorses Romney

Saying he's there "to make sure we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America," 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain just returned to New Hampshire to endorse the White House bid of his one-time rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

McCain and Romney fought a hard battle for the GOP nomination n 2008, after which Romney endorsed the Arizona senator.

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1:38pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Number Of Twins Soars As Older Moms Turn To Fertility Treatments

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 1:40 pm

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The number of twins born each year in the United States has more than doubled since 1980, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

For most of the last century the rate at which American women gave birth to twins remained steady at about 2 percent of all births.

But the rate increased steadily between 1980 and 2009, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And by 2009, more than 3 percent of all births produced twins.

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1:33pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

As EU Mulls Oil Embargo, Iran Remains Defiant

Reuters and Bloomberg are both reporting that the European Union is close to imposing an embargo on Iranian oil. The Wall Street Journal goes a step further, saying that now that Greece has dropped objections to the ban, the EU has reached a preliminary agreement.

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12:49pm

Wed January 4, 2012
All Politics are Local

Lexington Mayor Reacts to Galbraith's Death

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reacting to the sudden death of perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith. This morning Gray said Galbraith's campaigns were always genuine and born of conviction. "That represented the kind of democratic process, the kind of campaigning that is often something we don't see anymore. He brought color, he brought conviction. And an unfiltered, unvarnished way of looking at the democratic process," Gray said.

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12:47pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Boeing Says It Will Close Wichita Plant That Employs 2,160 Workers

Boeing plans to close its Wichita plant, where in 2005 members of the Machinists Union voted to go on strike, seen in this file photo.
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Boeing Co. says it will shut down its Wichita facility, which specializes in maintaining and modifying the company's planes for military or government use. The plant is slated to close by the end of 2013.

The closure could devastate a portion of the local economy, according to The Wichita Eagle:

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