Tue January 3, 2012
Business and the Economy

State is Offering Lowest Interest Rates Ever

Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced that the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, is offering the lowest rates in its 40-year history. “With rates this low and down payment and closing costs assistance, Kentuckians who thought they would not be able to own a home now have an opportunity,” Beshear said in a press release from his office.


Tue January 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Body Found On Queen Elizabeth II's Country Estate

Police guard the entrance to woods on Kings Avenue where human remains were found on New Year's Day in King's Lynn, England.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

A dog walker found a body on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England. The royals spend the holidays every year on the sprawling, 20,000-acre estate.

The Norfolk Constabulary issued a statement saying the female body was found on Sunday, while the Royals were at home, and that the office has launched a murder investigation.

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Tue January 3, 2012
The Salt

Can We Expect An Organic Milk Shortage In 2012?

A Safeway customer shops for milk in Livermore, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It's been a tough few months for dairy, with Norway's butter shortage and now an ominous cloud looming over 2012 for some drinkers of organic milk.

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Tue January 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Should Doctors Be 'Parsimonious' About Health Care?

George Peters iStockphoto.com

A major medical group issued ethical guidelines on Monday that take the provocative position of urging doctors to consider cost-effectiveness when deciding how to treat their patients.

The American College of Physicians, the second-largest U.S. doctors' group after the American Medical Association, included the recommendation in the latest version of its ethics manual, which provides guidance for some 132,000 internists nationwide.

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Tue January 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Panetta To Unveil Defense Cuts This Week

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 2:23 pm

After U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq, officials are talking cuts in the defense budget.
Lucas Jackson AP

We knew defense cuts were coming, but The New York Times is reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will unveil $450 billion in cuts this week. With the announcement, reports the Times, will also come a new philosophy for the Pentagon.

The Times reports:

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Tue January 3, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Gas Line Still Burns in Estill County

A large flame was still visible Tuesday morning after a gas line ruptured last night off Ky. 89 near Irvine. The buried gas line ruptured Monday night, creating a huge fire ball.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

UPDATE: Flames continued to shoot into the air Tuesday morning from a broken gas transmission line in Estill County as work crews allowed residual gas in the line to burn off. All but one of the 30 to 35 families evacuated from the area when the gas line blew out Monday night had returned to their homes as of Tuesday morning, said Estill County Judge Executive Wallace Taylor. The one family that still had not returned lived the closest to the explosion and their residence suffered some minor damage, he said.

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Tue January 3, 2012
Book Reviews

'Diaries' Reveals New York Through The Ages

New York Diaries captures impressions of the city from Henry Hudson to the bloggers watching the events of Sept. 11.

Most everyone's spirits are a bit deflated after the holidays. So, as a literary antidote, I recommend a just-published anthology called New York Diaries: 1609 – 2009. Editor Teresa Carpenter has collected four centuries worth of diary excerpts written by people, great and small, who've lived in or just passed through one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Still Alone In New Hampshire, Huntsman Hopes To Pull A Santorum

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:45 pm

Huntsman may refuse to be the 'goat' of the GOP race, but he and his wife, Mary Kaye, did meet one named Izak and his owner, Bill Higgins, on Monday night outside the McConnell Community Center in Dover, N.H.
John W. Poole NPR

On the last day he'll have New Hampshire to himself, GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who bypassed the Iowa caucuses, plans to travel from Pembroke to Peterborough in search of enough votes to break into the top three in next week's Granite State primary.

With his presidential opponents scrambling for last-minute support in advance of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Huntsman has been methodically wooing New Hampshire voters in nearly 150 events over the past few weeks.

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Tue January 3, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Defiant As Iran Threatens Its Aircraft Carrier

Iran claims the USS John C. Stennis has entered a zone near the Strait of Hormuz, which is being used by the Iranian navy for wargames.
Ronald Reeves AFP/Getty Images

Iran issued a threat to a U.S. aircraft carier, today, which further complicates the tense relationship between the two countries. The threat comes just a day after Iran performed naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Tue January 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

41-vehicle pileup on Icy I-75

A 41-car pileup shut down Interstate 75 in southern Kenton County about a mile north of the Crittenden exit on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Icy conditions were blamed. Six people were injured; none seriously.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Icy conditions caused 41 vehicles to pile up in a chain reaction just after noon Monday on southbound Interstate 75 in southern Kenton County. Six people were hurt, none with life-threatening injuries. Kenton County Police Sgt. Ben Wilson said the accident occurred at 12:22 p.m. about a mile north of the Crittenden exit. About 20 vehicles were disabled and hauled away on flatbed trucks from the scene.

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