2:28pm

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Saudi Woman Sentenced To Lashes After Defying Driving Ban

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 4:01 pm

A Saudi woman fastens her seat belt before driving in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia.
Michael Bou-Nacklie Michael Bou-Nacklie

A court in Jeddah on the west coast of Saudi Arabia sentenced a woman to ten lashings with a whip for defying the country's ban on women driving, activists told the AP.

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2:06pm

Tue September 27, 2011
Europe

Greece Approves New Property Tax To Boost Revenue

Greek lawmakers approved a controversial new property tax Tuesday that aims to boost revenue as the country struggles to obtain a critical installment of international bailout loans that will prevent it from default.

The new tax passed 154 votes to 143 against in the 300-member parliament. It was announced earlier this month after international debt inspectors suspended their review of Greek reforms amid talk of missed revenue targets and delayed implementation of austerity measures. The inspectors are expected to return to Athens this week.

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1:45pm

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

OnStar Hits Reverse: It Won't Keep Collecting Data From Old Customers

Just days after it received intense criticism from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), some other lawmakers and privacy advocates, General Motors' OnStar service has agreed that it won't keep its data connections open to customers who have canceled the service.

In a statement, the company says today that:

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1:36pm

Tue September 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

Voters may widen Hardin Liquor Sales

Steve Humphress, general counsel for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control, makes a presentation explaining what would result from a "yes" vote in the wet-dry election for Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove.
Jill Pickett The News-Enterprise

Residents of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove got a glimpse of what their cities might look like should voters choose yes next Tuesday in the wet-dry elections. The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control held an informational forum Monday at the Historic State Theater, where it walked through the licensing process and limitations should the cities go wet.

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1:31pm

Tue September 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

I-69 could have Bowling Green Spur

Kentucky is studying a new north-south corridor through the state. While the major portion of the road would be in western Kentucky, a spur for the newly designated roadway could have its terminus in Bowling Green. It would use the William H. Natcher Parkway between Bowling Green and Owensboro.

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1:30pm

Tue September 27, 2011
Business and the Economy

Tiffany & Co. Opens Lexington Factory

LEXINGTON – Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear Tuesday joined Tiffany & Co. Chairman and CEO Michael J. Kowalski and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new jewelry manufacturing center in Lexington. Community leaders and guests were invited to breakfast at Tiffany to commence the opening, which is creating 125 jobs in the community.

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1:24pm

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Coca-Cola Chief: U.S. Becoming Less Business Friendly Than China

Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, speaks during the seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York City.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola's chief executive, is making some waves after what he told The Financial Times in an interview the paper ran this morning.

"I believe the US owes itself to create a 21st century tax policy for individuals as well as businesses," Kent told the paper. He also went on to criticize the complexity of the tax code, as well as the fact that American companies have to pay taxes on income earned abroad. The FT adds:

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1:20pm

Tue September 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Former Blaine Mayor Indicted

A former Blaine mayor is among 18 people who have been indicted by the Lawrence County Grand jury. Crystal Meade, 45, was indicted on charges of misapplication of entrusted property and second degree official misconduct, according to the indictment. She is accused of failing to maintain public records as her position required and with failing to return public records and city property.

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1:18pm

Tue September 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

Lancaster, Garrard Officials Discuss Merger

Lancaster and Garrard County officials swapped opinions Monday about creating a commission to study a merged charter-county form of government. Representatives from the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, Bluegrass Area Development District and Department for Local Government attended Monday’s meeting at the request of the Lancaster City Council to offer answers and opinions.

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1:16pm

Tue September 27, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Bear Spotted in Williamsburg

If you want to see a bear, you don't have to go to a zoo. Chances are a trip to Williamsburg might just suffice. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that there have been numerous bear sightings in the city over the last three months, and authorities don't think it is the same animal being spotted multiple times.

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