6:00pm

Tue December 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Fined for Storm Water Violations

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has been cited by the federal government for water pollution related to road construction. The Environmental Protection Agency fined the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $8,000 for the violation, which happened while widening US-421 in Frankfort.

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5:55pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Snakebite Threat Gets Short Shrift

Snake handler Subhendu Malllik holds up an Indian baby cobra hatchling after it emerged from an egg on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, in June. The venomous snake is indigenous to South Asia.
Asit Kumar AFP/Getty Images

If you're poor and living in the Indian countryside, there's a life-threatening problem that can slither right into your life — a poisonous snake.

Snakebites in India are thought to have killed nearly 46,000 people alone in 2005. But the toll in India (the unfortunate leader of the snakebitten pack), Bangladesh and other countries that have lots of people and lots of poisonous snakes in close proximity hasn't been fully appreciated.

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5:28pm

Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

After Drunk Driving Incident, FAA Administrator Resigns

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 10:25 pm

Former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Alex Brandon AP

Jerome "Randy" Babbitt, the Federal Aviation Administration chief who was arrested on drunk driving charges, has tendered his resignation and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has accepted.

Babbitt issued a statement saying he was resigning because he was "unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA."

He added:

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5:26pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

MSHA Finishes Investigation

The federal government has finished its investigation into last year’s fatal explosion at a West Virginia coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has imposed record penalties and is standing behind previous statements that the accident was preventable.

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5:24pm

Tue December 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Declines Donald Trump's Debate Invite

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 6:35 pm

Mitt Romney entertains a toddler in Paradise Valley, AZ, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Donald Trump's planned Republican presidential debate lost a major reason for tuning in: watching Mitt Romney contend with Newt Gingrich, the latest rival to claim frontrunner status.

Romney said Tuesday he planned to skip the debate to be moderated by Trump, the TV reality show star and real-estate developer.

The former Massachusetts governor told Fox News' Neil Cavuto of his decision to decline the invitation to the Trump debate being sponsored by NewsMax and ION TV.

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5:14pm

Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Alabama's Attorney General Says Immigration Law Needs To Change

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 5:18 pm

Alabama's attorney general is calling for changes in the state's tough immigration law. The letter from Luther Strange comes weeks after a Mercedes-Benz executive was jailed, after he left his passport and license at his hotel. The incident embarrassed lawmakers and put the immigration law back in the national spotlight.

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5:13pm

Tue December 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Child Welfare Agency Commissioner Resigns

The commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Community Based Services, which provides various welfare services like foster care and child protection, is stepping down amid growing criticism about the department’s handling of child abuse cases. Patricia Wilson submitted her resignation last Friday; officials for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services say it was a personal decision.

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5:11pm

Tue December 6, 2011
U.S.

Battle Cry: Occupy's Messaging Tactics Catch On

Many people who've joined the Occupy Wall Street movement say the months of communal living have been the experience of a lifetime. One of the movement's hallmarks — the "people's mic" — has come to represent the movement's collective spirit.

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5:10pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Firefighters Lose Court Battle

The Lexington firefighters' union has lost a court battle with the Urban County Government over changes to the health care plan for city employees. The Lexington firefighters' union had requested an injunction that would have prohibited the local government from instituting the new policy, which the union claimed violated collective bargaining agreements. City workers have expressed frustration with rate increases in the city's health plans for 2012. But Mayor Jim Gray says it's important that the city move ahead with some tough choices. 

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5:08pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Election 2012

Gingerly, GOP Contenders Address Payroll Tax Cut

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

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks Monday during his daily press briefing, as a clock counting down the expiration of the payroll tax cut benefit looms in the background.
Alex Wong Getty Images

At the end of this month, a payroll tax cut is set to expire that the White House says would result in a tax increase of about $1,000 per year on most middle-class families. The benefit is popular with the American people, which may be one reason President Obama has been relentlessly promoting it.

The president argues that extending the payroll tax "holiday" through 2012 is vital to the economy. Republicans in Congress are divided over that, but they strongly disagree with the president's plan to pay for it with a surtax on millionaires.

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