4:44pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Still No Job: Over A Year Without Enough Work

Changes In The Economy Leave Workers Scrambling

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 7:34 pm

A counselor (right) talks with a man about training programs at a nonprofit training and job placement center in Menlo Park, Calif. Seventy percent of the long-term unemployed and underemployed would like the government to offer more job training services, an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found.
Paul Sakuma AP

If you're unemployed, it can be painfully clear when you don't have the right skills to land a good job.

With unemployment at 8.6 percent, upwards of 13 million Americans are without a job and looking for work. A recent NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll surveyed hundreds of long-term unemployed and underemployed people, asking whether they thought they had the skills required to find a job.

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4:43pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Rick Perry

Perry Tries To Ride Back Into Iowans' Hearts

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 6:10 pm

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry walks with former Marine officer Dan Moran during a campaign stop Wednesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Eric Gay AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying to reclaim a place in the top tier of the Republican presidential field — and his campaign is betting a barnstorming bus tour of Iowa is the key to exceeding expectations in the state's Jan. 3 caucuses.

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4:41pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Education

Military Tuition Assistance Rules May Limit Options

Military advocates have warned that some schools see service men and women as walking dollar signs.
Dave Herriman iStockPhoto.com

Federal money for active duty students is particularly attractive to for-profit schools, which have been signing up members of the services in record numbers.

So, the Pentagon has developed new rules to ensure that service members are treated fairly when they use government money to attend college. Those rules are set to go into effect Jan. 1, but many of the nation's best-known schools say they cannot accept those requirements.

The dispute puts at risk millions of dollars in federal assistance.

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4:31pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota's Near Term Goals

The President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky says the automaker could introduce 20 new products between now and the end of 20-13.   A great deal of the new technology centers on safety.  Toyota executive Wil James told Lexington Rotarians the Japanese automaker spends one million dollars per hour on research and development.  And much of the money is spent on safety improvements.  For example, James says they may be able to reduce drowsy driving accidents by installing eye monitors in the dashboards of some Toyota vehicles.

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4:25pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Election 2012

In Iowa, Obama's Campaign Team Rehearses For 2012

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 6:31 pm

President Obama speaks with small-business owners at Rausch's Cafe in Guttenberg, Iowa, during a three-day Midwest bus tour in August.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

President Obama doesn't have to worry about winning the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. He's almost sure to be the only Democrat in the first-in-the-nation contest. Yet that hasn't stopped the Obama campaign from organizing its own effort to get out the vote.

While Republican candidates have been hogging the Iowa spotlight, a small army of Obama volunteers has been busy behind the scenes. They've opened eight campaign offices around the state, hosted dozens of house parties, and logged tens of thousands of telephone calls.

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3:42pm

Thu December 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Former French President Chirac Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former President French President Jacques Chirac was found guilty of misusing public funds while he was the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. Chirac will serve a two-year suspended sentence after a court found that he had architected a system in which political allies were handed municipals salaries for fake jobs. The scheme, said the court, cost Paris about $1.8 million.

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3:25pm

Thu December 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Joe Simon, Co-Creator Of Captain America, Has Died

Joe Simon, who together with illustrator Jack Kirby created the iconic Captain America comic book hero in 1940, has died.

According to The Associated Press, "Simon's family relayed word of his death Thursday, posting a short statement on Facebook and telling The Associated Press through a spokesman that the 98-year-old Simon died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness."

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3:07pm

Thu December 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Junction City Alcohol Sales Start This Week

Junction City residents are only days away from being able to purchase alcohol in the city. Beer could appear on shelves as early as this week and liquor will follow suit in about a month, city police chief and local Alcohol Beverage Control administrator Merl Baldwin told the Junction City Council on Tuesday. So far, three merchants have completed local requirements for the unlimited amount of retail malt beverage licenses, and submitted applications to the Kentucky ABC Department, which ultimately awards the licensees.

3:04pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

State's Unemployment Rate Drops

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in November from 9.6 percent in October, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The preliminary November jobless rate was .8 percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state in November 2010. The state’s November 2011 rate is the lowest since the January 2009 rate of 9.2 percent.

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3:02pm

Thu December 15, 2011
All Politics are Local

Democrats Drop Proposal to Tax Wealthy

With time running out before the expiration of the payroll tax cuts, Democrats are dropping their proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans to pay for the relief as a way to compromise with their Republican counterparts. The legislation to extend the cuts passed the House earlier this week, but not without contention or the remaining partisan dispute over how to pay for them. However, it appears the Democrats have blinked first.

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