Fri December 2, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

US AIDS Chief Says Tipping Point Is In Sight

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 4:51 pm

Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS Coordinator, sees a turning point for HIV coming soon.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

If all goes according to plan — the plan President Obama laid out on Thursday — the HIV pandemic may reach an important tipping point by the end of 2013.

"We believe that with 2 million more people in treatment, we will reach a point where the number of new infections is less than the number going into treatment," says Dr. Eric Goosby.

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Fri December 2, 2011

Why Recall Elections Are So Difficult To Pull Off

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 1:00 pm

Supporters of recalling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker march toward the state elections board office to deliver required paperwork to launch the effort in Madison on Nov. 15.
Scott Bauer AP

When the word "recall" makes headlines, it usually involves the removal of a defective product from store shelves or perhaps the testimony of some nervous executive at a congressional hearing saying, "I don't recall."

But 2011 has been the year of another kind of recall: the recall election. Angry at elected officials' handling of the economy, budget cuts and other issues, voters across America are taking the "Throw the bums out" approach to new heights.

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Fri December 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

UK Professor Advocates for Mining Research Center


A professor at the University of Kentucky is calling on state lawmakers to fund an advanced mining research center in the commonwealth. Dr. Braden Lusk teaches mining engineering at UK. Lusk says Kentucky is in dire need of additional research into improving the safety and productivity of coal extraction.

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Fri December 2, 2011
State Capitol

Kentucky’s Child Welfare Cabinet Reports Fewer Child Fatalities


Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has released its annual report on child abuse fatalities, which show fewer fatalities this year when compared to previous years’ data. But it may be difficult for lawmakers to use this information in comparison, said Terry Brooks is executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

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Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Wisconsin Gov. Wants Protesters To Pay For Security

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 5:14 pm

A farmer drives his tractor past the Wisconsin State Capitol during a rally in March.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Wisconsin State Capitol building has been the scene of protests since February, when Gov. Scott Walker started the process of passing a law that severely limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state.

Yesterday, the Walker administration took a step that is likely to antagonize protesters further. His administration enacted new regulations that would require permits to protest at the Capitol and other state buildings.

The controversial part is that the bill allows officials to charge groups for the security and clean-up costs of such events.

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Fri December 2, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Revises Pollution Rules for Industrial Boilers



The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a new version of a rule that would regulate air pollution from industrial boilers, which burn a wide range of fuels. The more flexible rule has angered environmental groups, while industry is cautiously optimistic.

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Fri December 2, 2011
Business and the Economy

Makers Mark Trademark Still in Dispute

A long-running dispute over the trademark red wax seal atop Maker's Mark Kentucky-brewed bourbon could be decided by a panel of three federal judges. 

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Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Henry Clay Estate to Light 100-Foot Christmas Tree

Lexington Public Media

The Christmas decorations at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in historic Lexington will be big and bright this year. The National Historic Landmark dedicated to honoring Kentucky statesman Henry Clay celebrates the Christmas season with d cor throughout the mansion.

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Fri December 2, 2011

For Afghan Women, Rape Law Offers Little Protection

Afghan women walk in the northwestern city of Herat on Nov. 23. Women still have few rights, and can end up in jail on adultery charges when they accuse a man of rape. There are fears that women's rights will be further eroded when Western troops leave the country.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

This week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the pardon of a 19-year-old Afghan woman who was imprisoned for adultery after being raped by a relative, in a case that has attracted international media coverage.

But what happened to the woman, Gulnaz, who has been in prison for two years, is not an isolated episode.

Many other women have suffered similar fates. A recent U.N. report suggests that laws to protect women in Afghanistan from rape and forced marriage are still not being enforced — with devastating results.

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Fri December 2, 2011

Police Officers from 17 Agencies Graduate from Basic Training

 Law enforcement officers from 17 agencies across the state graduated Friday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

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