2:34pm

Thu September 22, 2011
The Salt

Zebra And Cattle Make Good Lunch Partners, Researchers Say

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 6:11 pm

Cattle and zebra share a meal in a pasture in Kenya.
Ryan Lee Sensenig Science

Those of us who eat beef can thank cattle for turning grass into something tastier. But grass is not always easy to come by, especially in Africa. And without grass, where's the beef?

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2:25pm

Thu September 22, 2011
World

U.S. Rebukes Pakistan For Ties To Afghan Militants

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Afghan security personnel carry a wounded colleague across a street in Kabul on Sept. 14, after Taliban fighters attacked the most heavily protected part of the Afghan capital. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday before a Senate panel that the Haqqani network of militants, supported by Pakistan, was responsible for this attack, among others.
ShahMarai AFP/Getty Images

U.S. military officials have for years talked of links between Pakistan's spy agency and militant groups attacking American targets across the border in Afghanistan.

During a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, the top U.S. military officer said there's proof.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, was blunt. Supported by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, the militant Haqqani network was responsible for attacks that included the one on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul last week, he said.

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1:38pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Bike Infrastructure Hits Congressional Speed Bumps

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 9:21 pm

Cities across the country are investing more money in infrastructure to make roads safer for bikes. Last week, a highway bill faced resistance from lawmakers who saw those kinds of projects as an inappropriate use of federal funds.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The corner of 15th and K streets in Washington, D.C., is busy. Buses, trucks, cars and taxis zip by. There are pedestrians and, increasingly, bikes.

Some 57 million adults ride bicycles in the U.S., whether for commuting or exercise or fun. Cities are adding bike lanes with the help of a federal program that gets its money from the highway bill. Some Senate Republicans tried — and ultimately failed — to block funding for that program, which also pays for sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements.

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1:34pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Science/Health

Kentuckians Encouraged to Get Flu Vaccine

Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear are calling on all Kentuckians to protect themselves against flu this season. Both recently received their influenza vaccinations from the local First Onsite Clinic nurse practitioners, who provide health care services for state employees in several state office clinics.  “The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine each season,” Gov. Beshear said. “The availability and affordability of the vaccine make it easier than ever to protect yourself.”

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1:31pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Science/Health

Watson Appears at Kentucky’s Idea Festival

IBM’s Watson computer is using its technology to explore how it can help government agencies and hospitals. Watson appeared in front of a crowd at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for Louisville’s IdeaFestival. Watson is best known for its success in the game show Jeopardy. IBM researcher David Shepler explained to a crowd Watson’s successes, and its limitations.

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1:29pm

Thu September 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bridge Boosters Join Federal Lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that a group supporting the Ohio River Bridges Project can intervene in the lawsuit between the conservation group River Fields and the Federal Highway Administration. In May, Kentuckians for Progress filed a request to join the suit against the federal governmentas co-defendants to challenge  River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who filed the suit two years ago. Preservationists claim the federal agency couldn’t justify portions of the bridges project, relied on misleading information, failed to adequately consider potential  impacts and did not prepare an updated environmental report.

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1:27pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Abandoned Mine Funds Build Perry County Water Project

Fifty-two more homes in Perry County, Kentucky will be hooked into city water systems soon, after a state agency determined their drinking water was affected by mining activity more than thirty years ago. The state’s Abandoned Mine Lands funds go to abate hazards created by mining before the federal Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act went into effect. Steve Hohmann is the head of the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands.

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1:24pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Firefighters-Lexington Agree to New Contract

The city of Lexington has ratified a three-year contract with local firefighters. The agreement reached with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 526 includes a two-year wage freeze and a two-year reduction in vacation and holiday leave time. For the first year of the contract, the union agreed to reduce city health insurance costs by $100 per firefighter per month. 

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1:21pm

Thu September 22, 2011
All Politics are Local

Thank Boehner, McConnell for Obama's visit

The fact that the Brent Spence Bridge sits squarely between the home states of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not just a coincidence -- it's the reason for the president's visit on Thursday, a White House spokesman said. "It says a lot that the bridge that would connect the states of two such powerful leaders would be considered functionally obsolete," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told the Enquirer in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

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1:21pm

Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

New Law Compels Toronto Shops To Sell Only Shelter Pets

Cute puppies!
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In an effort to curb puppy and kitty mills, the Toronto city council approved a new resolution that restricts the kinds of pets shops can sell. Now, pet shops will only be allowed to sell dogs and cats that come from a shelter, a Humane Society or a registered rescue group.

The National Post reports on the reaction of one of the people behind the law:

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