10:06am

Mon December 12, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Utility Prefers Coal Fired Power Plants

Across the country, power plant operators are figuring out how they’ll comply with the Obama Administration’s upcoming rules to reduce air pollution. In Louisville, the utility company has announced plans to convert one of its older power plants from coal to natural gas. But at the Big Sandy plant in eastern Kentucky, another company says it’ll still be less expensive to keep burning coal.

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9:59am

Mon December 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Civil War Exhibit Opens in Louisville

Louisville Public Media

Louisville’s Filson Historical Society has opened a new exhibit focusing on the Civil War as it played out in Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region.  It’s called “United We Stand—Divided We Fall.” Filson Curator of Special Collections Jim Holmberg says interest is running high as the country marks the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.

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9:56am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Reviews Citation of Danville Nursing Home

The Kentucky Attorney General's office is reviewing a state citation stemming from the way officials at a Danville nursing home responded to allegations that a former male nurse's aide tried to suffocate one resident and, weeks later, lay in bed with and kissed another.

9:55am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Advocacy Center Studies Green Dot Program

The local rape crisis center is working on a proactive approach to violence along with all other centers in the state. The Advocacy and Support Center in Elizabethtown is taking part in the statewide research of the violence-prevention program Green Dot. The program, which asks bystanders of violent or potentially violent situations to intervene in safe and possibly non-confrontational ways, is being studied for its effectiveness at the high school level in decreasing the amount of incidents like bullying and dating violence.

9:30am

Mon December 12, 2011

9:09am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Here We Go Again: Has Misnamed 'God Particle' Finally Been Found?

This is what researchers at the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider expect a Higgs boson to look like. The Higgs boson is the subatomic particle that scientists say gives everything in the universe mass.
ATLAS Experiment/CERN

The news that scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland will talk Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET about "the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson" has reignited speculation that they might be about to say they've found the so-called God particle.

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8:57am

Mon December 12, 2011
Monkey See

Beyblades: A New Spin Puts An Old Toy Back On Top

The hot holiday gift Beyblades are seen in the FAO Schwarz store in New York City.
Mario Tama Getty Images

It's toy season. For boys, one of the hottest items on the market this year builds on an ancient concept: the spinning top. The tops are called Beyblades, and I discovered them on the playground of my son's elementary school, where I saw this pack of boys, huddled around something that looked possibly illicit. I was suspicious, but now I let them do the same thing at home.

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8:39am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Funeral Today For Virginia Tech Officer; Shooter's Family Offers Condolences

Family, friends, students, faculty members and government officials will gather today at 2 p.m. ET in Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum to remember campus police officer Deriek Crouse.

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7:45am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Putin Aide Says Vote Results Will Stand

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 7:53 am

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Yana Lapikova AP

Saying that "even if you add up all this so-called evidence, it accounts for just over 0.5 percent of the total number of votes," a spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has told Agence France Presse that the results of last week's parliamentary elections will stand despite public protests over evidence of fraud.

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7:18am

Mon December 12, 2011
Latin America

Greased Tracks Facilitate Brazilian Train Robbery

The greased tracks forced the train to slow, and then the robbers used a tow truck with a hook to scoop corn out of the freight cars. It's believed they got away with 55 tons of corn which, given the current prices, should be worth thousands of dollars.

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