10:55pm

Mon September 26, 2011
Education

Student Scores In

Lexington school officials react to just released test scores
Stu Johnson Weku

Kentucky has administered its last student achievement core content tests and the results are out today.  Also out are the results of tests mandated by the nearly-defunct ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act.  In Fayette County, the results were once again, a mixed bag. The overall score for the Lexington school district improved overall, increasing to a grade of 94….Lexington’s highest index ever.  It represents a one percent improvement over last year’s tests.  Rather than claim victory, Fayette County School Superintendent Tom Shelton is still processing the data.  “We had schools that had gains. We had schools that had losses.We’re gonna’ have to do a pretty comprehensive look to see what’s working and what’s not,” said Shelton.

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7:57pm

Mon September 26, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Opposes Funds for Disaster Assistance

The US Senate passed a temporary spending bill that averts a government shutdown this weekend, but they did it without help from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.  One senator likened the deal to a “magic” happening at the last minute. Now the government will have its coffers refilled. This budget fight hinged on whether to pay for federal disaster assistance immediately after an emergency or put off those payments until a later date. 

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7:15pm

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Senate Strikes Deal That Likely Averts Government Shutdown

It looks like the government will be funded until Nov. 18. According to multiple news reports, Senate leaders announced they have come to an agreement that will likely avoid a partial shutdown of the government.

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6:03pm

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Convict Sets House On Fire To Return To Prison

Randall Lee Church was 18 when he was convicted and sentenced to life for fatally stabbing a man. That was 1983 with just glimmers of the Internet and ideas of mobile phones.

So when he was released after 26 years in prison, he was overwhelmed and lost.

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5:00pm

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Atop Washington Monument, Visitors Scrambled During Quake

Visitors near the top of the Washington Monument headed for the stairs as it rocked back and forth. Debris was falling inside.
National Park Service

4:48pm

Mon September 26, 2011
Afghanistan

Killing Deals Another Blow To Afghan Peace Talks

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 8:22 pm

Afghans carry the coffin of Afghanistan High Peace Council head and former President Burhanuddin Rabbani during his burial ceremony in Kabul, Sept. 23. A suicide bomber assassinated Rabbani on Sept. 20, which further complicates the thorny issue of negotiating with the Taliban.
Ahmad Masood AFP/Getty Images

Afghanistan buried a former president last week, but there is concern in Kabul that something else may have been buried as well: the peace process. In nearly two years since the U.S. opened the prospect of negotiations with the Taliban, progress has been hard to discern.

The assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was also the head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, may have quashed any negotiations that were under way. It also may have given new strength to those who never supported the idea of talking with the Taliban.

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4:43pm

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Online

The Dead Sea Scrolls are 2,000 years old and very sensitive to direct light. At the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where they are housed, the scrolls are rotated every few months to minimize the damage. As Bloomberg explains it, the Great Isaiah Scroll, which is the most ancient biblical manuscript on Earth, is so sensitive that only a copy of it is on display.

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4:30pm

Mon September 26, 2011
The Salt

Lemongrass Brings Essential Spark To Southeast Asian Cooking

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 7:06 pm

A freshly tossed Thai lemongrass salad is served on betel leaves at Naj, a Bangkok restaurant
Anthony Kuhn NPR

Imagine you're trekking through the concrete jungle of just about any Southeast Asian city. The first thing you notice is the smorgasbord of smells, some enticing, others downright rank. Amid the urban odor-rama, one sweet herbal fragrance stands out. It's lemongrass. And it's just about everywhere.

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4:26pm

Mon September 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Calls For Cooperation

Environmental Protection Agency region four administrator Gwen Fleming says, despite tense negotiations in the past, cooperation between her agency and state government on issues such as surface mining and emission standards is still possible. 

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4:23pm

Mon September 26, 2011
All Politics are Local

Treasury Secretary Promotes Jobs Bill in Kentucky

Louisville Public Media

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says President Barack Obama’s jobs bill would help business grow by investing in Kentucky railways, roads and aviation. Geithner toured the UPS air hub, Worldport, in Louisville on Monday and said in order to improve the struggling economy, business needs help. Geithner’s appearance to promote Mr. Obama’s American Jobs Act was the third by a White House cabinet member in the past week.

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