Mon December 5, 2011

A Carrot for College Performance: More Money

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 7:22 pm

This year, Tennessee Tech's $35 million in state funding will go up or down based solely on whether students are succeeding.
By Brian Stansberry Wikimedia Commons

For a long time, most public colleges and universities have gotten their funding based on how many students they enroll: More students mean more money.

But economic pressures have convinced states they should only reward results that help students — and the state's economy.

Tennessee is a leader among states trying to peg funding to the number of students who actually graduate.

Getting Education To Do More For The State

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Mon December 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me' Tapes in Richmond

Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal talk on a tin can phone
Tony Nagelmann NPR

Radio host Peter Sagal listens to the news the way wild mushroom hunters search for their quarry. "They train themselves to walk through the woods with this single-minded vision of looking for these mushrooms, which you have to be able to see, you have to train yourself to look for them or you'll walk right by them," Sagal says from his Chicago office. "So I'm like that — I'm missing the trees, I'm missing the forest, I'm missing verdant woodland, I'm just looking for the mushrooms."

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Mon December 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Calvert City Plant Announces $40 Million Investment

Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined community leaders and officials from Westlake Chemical Corp. to announce the company will invest $40 million in its Calvert City plant, supporting the retention of 380 Kentucky jobs.

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Mon December 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Aging Population Growth Causes Worry

Kentucky, like all of the United States, saw its aging population grow significantly from 2000 to 2010. All states show an increase in the number of residents 85 and older, according to information released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. In Kentucky, about 1.6 percent of the population was at least 85, an 18.8 percent increase from the previous census. The 65-and-older demographic amounted to 13.3 percent of the population, a 14.5 percent increase.


Mon December 5, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Gingrich's Health Care Consultancy: Is It Lobbying?

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 7:27 pm

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, shown at an event on health care on Capitol Hill this March, founded the Center for Health Transformation.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

In between his speakership and his presidential candidacy, Newt Gingrich built a network of organizations to promote his causes — and himself.

Informally known as Newt Gingrich Inc., those entities have flourished. But questions linger, especially about two of them: the Gingrich Group, a for-profit consulting firm; and a unit of the Gingrich Group called the Center for Health Transformation.

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Mon December 5, 2011

For Creative People, Cheating Comes More Easily

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 7:22 pm

New research suggests that people who are more creative are more likely to cheat.

Five months after the implosion of Enron, Feb. 12, 2002, the company's chief executive, Ken Lay, finally stood in front of Congress and the world, and placed his hand on a Bible.

At that point everyone had questions for Lay. It was clear by then that Enron was the product of a spectacular ethical failure, that there had been massive cheating and lying. The real question was: How many people had been dishonest? Who was in on it?

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Mon December 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Queen Elizabeth's 'Pay' Has Been Frozen

Queen Elizabeth II in November.
Cris Jackson/pool AFP/Getty Images

She'll still get about $50 million a year in taxpayers' money to run her palaces and travel the world, but there's word from the U.K. that Queen Elizabeth II has had her "pay" frozen until at least 2015.

Hard times, after all, require sacrifices.

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Mon December 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Teens Aren't the Rampant Sexting Maniacs We Thought

They're probably just texting their moms.
Mark Rose iStockphoto.com

Teens sharing totally inappropriate naked photos on their phones: Sexting sounded so plausible, it just had to be true.

But now it turns out that's the vast majority of teenagers aren't sexting at all.

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Mon December 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Who Are The 1 Percent? Gallup Finds They're A Lot Like The 99 Percent

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 12:42 pm

A protestor carries a sign as she marches down Market Street during a day of action in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Dec. 2 in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The Occupy movement has refocused the national conversation to income inequality. As we've reported in the past, this Tumbler blog puts a face on who the 99 percent are.

But who are the 1 percent?

Today, Gallup released analysis that looked at households who earned more than $500,000 annually and found that in many cases they were a "mirror image" of the 99 percent.

Among the findings:

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Mon December 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Drone Technology Finding Its Way To American Skies

A Predator drone unmanned aerial vehicle takes off on a U.S. Customs Border Protection mission from Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Unmanned aircraft — or drones — are playing a large role in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan but they're starting to show up in increasing numbers in U.S. as well. Drones are already used to patrol the border with Mexico and now they may soon be coming to a police department near you.

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