Wed January 4, 2012
All Politics are Local

Friends and Colleagues Remember Galbraith

Friends and colleagues are remembering the personality and candor of Gatewood Galbraith, the Lexington attorney and perennial political candidate who died overnight after suffering from chronic emphysema. He was 64. Galbraith ran unsuccessfully for governor of Kentucky five times, in addition to campaigns for agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and Congress.

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Wed January 4, 2012
Middle East

Egypt's Street Kids Are Revolution's Smallest Soldiers

In Egypt, a disturbing trend has emerged in recent clashes between protesters and security forces: children placing themselves on the front lines.

Activists say several have been killed or wounded in recent months by gunfire and tear gas. Plus, one out of every four protesters thrown in jail following clashes in December was a child.

Their advocates say most, if not all, of these kids live on Cairo's streets, and that they see the revolution as a way to escape their isolation from society.

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Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Pro-Piracy Group Says It's Now A Recognized Religion In Sweden

A screengrab of a Kopimi symbol, used by the Missionary Church of Kopimism to signify a site's willingness to be copied.

The Missionary Church of Kopimism has one central belief: that it's okay to copy information, in any form.

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Wed January 4, 2012
Business and the Economy

Winchester Warehouse Will Create Jobs

A new warehouse and distribution center in the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Park could bring as many as 30 new jobs to Clark County, Industrial Development Authority Director Todd Denham said. The Winchester-Clark County Planning Commission approved preliminary development plans Tuesday submitted by Rocky Mountain ATV for a 13-acre facility.


Wed January 4, 2012

Indonesian Economy Booms, Its Infrastructure Groans

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:40 pm

Motorists inch their way in heavy traffic in Palembang, Sumatra, in Indonesia. The nation's rapid growth is overwhelming its weak public infrastructure.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

Indonesia has one of the world's fastest growing economies, and it's already the largest in Southeast Asia. This growth and stability recently earned it a major credit upgrade at a time when Western countries are fearful of downgrades.

Yet this vibrant economy has an Achilles' heel: its crumbling, overwhelmed infrastructure.

The problem becomes painfully apparent this time every year, when the rainy season fills commuters with dread in the capital, Jakarta, and many other cities.

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Wed January 4, 2012
NPR Story

Will Romney Need To Muster More Support?

Melissa Block talks with Republican strategist Mike Murphy about the race for the GOP presidential nomination, now that the Iowa caucuses are over. Mitt Romney eked out a win Tuesday night by just eight votes and about 25 percent of the vote. Murphy has worked with Mitt Romney in the past. Murphy and Melissa chat about whether Romney needs to muster more support in the coming primaries than he did Tuesday night.


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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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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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.


Wed January 4, 2012

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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