3:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Salt

Safety Concerns Linger Around Genetically Modified Salmon

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 4:03 pm

This just in: After 15 years of deliberation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide whether it will approve a genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

Now there's a catchy lead. But the truth is, the long-running regulatory saga of AquaBounty's application to sell salmon with a growth hormone gene from one fish plus a promoter of an antifreeze gene from another — which help it grow twice as fast as typical farmed salmon — does not seem headed toward a conclusion.

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2:59pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

New Jersey Nets' Owner Announces Run For Russian Presidency

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid to return to his nation's presidency, an office he held from 2000 to 2008, picked up a surprise challenger Monday when Mikhail Prokhorov publicly declared his intention to run for the office, too.

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1:33pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Chairman Steps Down from Louisville Arena Authority

Louisville Public Media

One year after the opening of the KFC Yum Center, Louisville Arena Authority Chairman Jim Host is stepping down. Host is also chair of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, or BEAM, which is the economic partnership between Louisville and Lexington.

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1:31pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Companies Offer Holiday Decorating Services

Some people enjoy dragging boxes of Christmas decorations down from the attic or up from the basement to transform their homes into winter wonderlands. For others, not so much. And for them, there are a number of decorators in town willing to do the job. "This type of work has really increased the last 15 years," said Best of Flowers owner Mary Jo Johnson, whose company decorates 10 to 20 homes each holiday season. "Every year, it gets a little stronger."

12:58pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

'Occupy' Protesters Disrupt Ports in Oakland And Portland

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 1:07 pm

Occupy protesters clash with Long Beach Police Department officers after blocking the road leading to SSA Marine, a shipping company that is partially owned by investment bank Goldman Sachs, at the Port of Long Beach on Monday.
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"Occupy" protesters on the West Coast moved Monday to disrupt ports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere. The action fizzled in Los Angeles, as the AP reports:

"Heavy rain dampened the protest and the demonstrators, who were flanked by dozens of police, have now moved off, effectively making a peaceful end to a four-hour protest."

The AP says about 200 people showed up for the protest at the Port of Longbeach and that there was one arrest related to the gathering.

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12:55pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Women's School Destroyed in Berea Fire

Firefighters were trying to determine the cause for an overnight fire that destroyed the New Opportunity School for Women. Berea Fire Battalion Chief Shawn Sandlin said the school was nearly a total loss. Sandlin said firefighters have not determined a cause, but surveillance video from a nearby church shows something that has caught the attention of fire officials.

12:53pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Kentuckians at War

State Rep. Seeks Change in Medal Qualifications

There is a picture Tom Hunter likes to look at of his son. The little boy is 3 years old, with platinum blond hair and Mickey Mouse house shoes. This photo, Tom Hunter says, is Jimmy, before he was Staff Sgt. James Hunter, decorated Army journalist, casualty of war. “I think this shows his personality, even then,” Tom Hunter said, pointing to James Hunter’s small hand, slightly covering the right side of his face.

12:42pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S., Iraqi Leaders Mark 'New Day'

"A war is ending, a new day is upon us," President Obama said this afternoon at a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at which the two leaders are marking the departure of the last U.S. troops after nearly nine years in Iraq.

For his part, Maliki said the two nations' relations "will not end with the departure of the last American soldier ... it has only started."

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12:41pm

Mon December 12, 2011
State Capitol

McConnell Predicts Bipartisan Support for Tax Cut Plan

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted a plan to extend the payroll tax cut for workers will receive significant bipartisan support.

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12:38pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Commerce Lexington Lays Out Legislative Priorities

Every year Commerce Lexington, an organization that advocates for Lexington business, releases a new public policy statement. The group's 2012 agenda includes calls for new development incentives and tax credits.

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