10:07am

Tue December 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Newt Gingrich, GOP Frontrunner, Plays Campaign Cash Catch Up

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 11:54 am

Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with a supporter in New York City, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
Seth Wenig AP

When it comes to polls, Newt Gingrich is a strong frontrunner. New surveys in Iowa and South Carolina show him lapping the rest of the Republican presidential field and holding strong double digit leads.

But when it comes to money, the essential for running an effective modern campaign, Gingrich is still not a top-tier candidate.

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10:00am

Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Gingrich Takes Lead In New Iowa Poll

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 10:32 am

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

With the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucuses set to kick off the "real" battle for the party's presidential nomination, there's word that:

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9:55am

Tue December 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Rarity: Earn More, Pay More For Health Coverage

At most companies, the little guy pays the same for health insurance as the head honcho.
iStockphoto.com

One-size-fits-all health insurance premiums that don't take into account how much an employee earns strike many people as unfair.

Why should someone who makes $30,000 a year pay the same premium for health care coverage as his boss, who pulls down three times that amount?

Yet most companies continue to keep employee contribution rates the same for all employees, regardless of how much they're paid. Why don't they switch?

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9:50am

Tue December 6, 2011
State Capitol

Unique Attractions Basis of New Ad Campaign

People can travel to the far reaches of the globe and not see and experience what you can discover in Kentucky. There’s only one Mammoth Cave, one Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, one National Corvette Museum, one Kentucky Horse Park. Kentucky’s wealth of unique attractions forms the basis of the state’s 2012 travel and tourism marketing campaign. The new campaign, called “There’s Only One,” will differentiate Kentucky from other destinations by emphasizing places and things travelers to and within the Commonwealth can experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

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9:45am

Tue December 6, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

6,400 Gallon Alcohol Spill at Bardstown Distillery

About 6,400 gallons of ethyl alcohol spilled from the back of a Heaven Hill Distilleries facility off KY 49, Loretto Road, Saturday afternoon. Roughly a tanker truck’s worth of 180-proof, potable alcohol, used for blending at Heaven Hill, poured into a nearby creek and lake as firefighters, state environmental regulators and the Nelson County Emergency Management Agency were called to the scene. The accident occurred as a tanker truck was transferring the alcohol into a tank behind the distillery’s main bottling building.

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9:45am

Tue December 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Chicken Vs. Kale: Vt. Artist Fights Chick-Fil-A Suit

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 7:36 pm

Bo Muller-Moore, known by some as the "Eat More Kale" guy, hand screen prints his shirts from his Montpelier, Vt., studio.
Toby Talbot AP

This is a story of David and Goliath — except it's kale vs. chicken. Vermont folk artist Bo Muller-Moore is fighting charges of trademark infringement from the Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A.

Muller-Moore runs a T-shirt business from his Montpelier, Vt., studio around the phrase "Eat More Kale." He got the idea 10 years ago from a farmer friend who wanted to promote local agriculture — and sell more kale.

Each year, Muller-Moore sells thousands of T-shirts, and at $25 a pop he makes enough to support his family.

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9:42am

Tue December 6, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

2011 Among Kentucky's Wettest Years

Link Gregory waited Monday under his umbrella for a LexTran bus to arrive at this stop near Fire Station No. 9 on Richmond Road. The city received another heavy dose of rain, pushing it toward a record year.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington has had the second-wettest year on record and is slightly more than 2 inches from tying the record for precipitation set in 1935, when the city received 65.76 inches. The rainfall helped break records for the wettest years in Louisville and Paducah.

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9:39am

Tue December 6, 2011
State Capitol

Power Outage Closes Frankfort Offices

FRANKFORT – State employees who work in the Frankfort Capital Plaza Tower or in Fountain Plaza Shops should not report to work today as the building will be closed.A transformer failed overnight, shutting off power to the building. Repairs are underway.

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9:38am

Tue December 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Covington Moves to Revitalize Riverfront

As an $80 million entertainment, residential and retail development takes shape on the northern shore of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Covington is also looking inward at what can be done to revitalize its own riverfront. Covington is moving forward with plans to develop city-owned property between the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Madison Avenue. Last week, the city sent out about 40 requests for proposals from developers. Now, it is seeking input from the community to help elected officials select a proposal early next year.

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9:36am

Tue December 6, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky-Made Camry Sedans Korea Bound

Toyota announced Monday plans to export U.S.-built Camry sedans to its distributor in South Korea. The Camry has been the top selling car in America for 13 of the past 14 years and a best-selling car worldwide. This is the first time the U.S.-assembled Camry will be exported outside of North America, Toyota said. The vehicles are scheduled to arrive in South Korea beginning in January.

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