12:23pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Business and the Economy

Last Minute Mailers

It’s pretty much crunch time for those mailing holiday greetings and the delivery men and women who move parcels from spot to spot.  The overall volume of mail is down slightly in Lexington.  Postal officials in Lexington project overall mail volume will be down almost two percent, as compared to last year.   Post office spokeswoman Susan Wright says seasons greetings delivered via the internet continue to eat into the traditional holiday mailings.

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12:02pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Business

Investors Endure Another Disappointing Year

For Americans saving for retirement, 2011 was another lackluster year, filled with lots of risks but few rewards.

Savers who tried to avoid risks by putting money into federally insured savings accounts earned almost no interest. The money just sat there, even as inflation ate away at its value, with consumer prices rising nearly 3.5 percent this year.

And for those who invested in a broad array of U.S. stocks, the results were — at best — mixed.

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12:01pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Election 2012

In Iowa, The Final GOP Ground Game Takes Shape

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:11 am

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry passes out stickers on Dec. 16 in Cherokee, Iowa.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Two weeks from Tuesday, Iowa voters will head out to almost 1,800 caucus sites to help select a Republican presidential nominee. It could be cold. It could also be snowing. And the campaigns know they'll have to work hard to make sure their supporters show up. Those get-out-the-vote efforts could make all the difference in a race that now appears to be up for grabs.

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11:51am

Tue December 20, 2011
The Salt

With Hanukkah Microbrews, A Taste of Jewish History

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 12:32 pm

An early predecessor to the Hanukkah brews of today, Russian Jew Max Lapides stands with his sons in front of the Bauernschmidt Brewery Saloon in Baltimore, circa 1900.
Gift of Rose Sacks. Courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1988.227.1

During the holidays, many beer manufacturers roll out seasonal brews. But there's a relative newcomer for the festival of lights: Hanukkah beer.

Lompoc Brewing, in Portland, Ore., is one small, craft brewery that has added it to its winter lineup.

"We had a Jewish gentleman here ... and he wanted to make a Hanukkah brew," says David Fleming, the head brewer. "So we thought it was a great idea. We already had six Christmas beers going anyhow, so why couldn't we have a seventh one for Hanukkah?"

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10:35am

Tue December 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Cool Video: Massive Cloud 'Waves' Roll Over Alabama

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 5:28 pm

Huge clouds roll over Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 16, 2011.
ABC 33/40

Video of some pretty awesome looking clouds rolling across the sky last Friday in Birmingham, Ala., is beginning to roll up a lot of views.

They sure look like either some amazingly huge waves or a line of Loch Ness monsters marching across the horizon.

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10:25am

Tue December 20, 2011
State Capitol

Senator Calls for Cabinet Chief's Resignation

A key lawmaker called for the resignation of Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller on Monday, saying the agency has misled legislators regarding child abuse records and other key issues. Republican Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said Miller's cabinet has not provided lawmakers with accurate information about children who die or nearly die from neglect and abuse.

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10:23am

Tue December 20, 2011
Health and Welfare

Prescription Drug Abuse Highest in NKY

About one in 11 Northern Kentucky adults has used a pain reliever such as OxyContin, Vicodin or codeine when not prescribed or for the experience it caused, a new poll shows. That's higher than the one-in-16 statewide rate uncovered in the Kentucky Health Issues Poll. It also was the highest rate of any region in the state – including eastern Kentucky, where prescription drug abuse is a particular problem.

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10:20am

Tue December 20, 2011
Health and Welfare

Group Homes Lack State Oversight

Most of the men living on a campus of three aging homes off Versailles Road have mental illness or developmental disabilities. "I get the ones that nobody else wants," said owner Ralph Messner. He says he runs a good home and often works more than 65 hours a week to meet the needs of the residents. But Kentucky officials have been investigating allegations of poor living conditions and have expressed a concern about the lack of government oversight at the homes for at least the second time since 1996.

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10:09am

Tue December 20, 2011
Best Music Of 2011

Ken Tucker's Top 10: The Year In Music

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10:07am

Tue December 20, 2011
Television

Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2011

Over the past few seasons, Breaking Bad's Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has changed from meek hero to forceful villain. TV critic David Bianculli says he isn't just breaking bad anymore — he's entirely broken.
Gregory Peters AMC

Fresh Air's TV critic David Bianculli liked so many shows this year that he says he couldn't pick just 10 favorites. Instead, he split his favorites into several lists, including best documentaries and best scripted comedies/dramas.

Bianculli also highlights some of the worst shows to hit TV screens this year — including not one but two shows featuring Snooki.

Despite his Snooki misgivings, Bianculli says it was a banner year for TV.

"There is more good television on a weekly basis than there has ever been," Bianculli says. "I am absolutely certain of it."

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