5:41pm

Tue November 29, 2011
It's All Politics

If Herman Cain Quits The GOP Race, Where Will His Supporters Go?

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 6:11 pm

Herman Cain leaves the Big Sky Diner on Nov. 10, 2011 in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Herman Cain's decision to reassess the status of his Republican presidential campaign in the wake of allegations he engaged in a long-term extramarital affair raises questions beyond will-he-or-won't-he drop out.

One of the big ones?

Which candidate in the still-crowded GOP field would benefit most if Cain ends his White House quest?

We put that question to Republicans in the early contest states of Iowa, which will hold its caucuses Jan. 3, and New Hampshire, where the nation's first primary will be held Jan. 10. What we heard wasn't all that surprising.

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5:08pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Salt

A Dissolving Fruit Sticker That Claims Super Soap Powers

Courtesy of Amron Experimental

Scott Amron really doesn't like peeling those little stickers off fruit from the grocery store. "They're pesky and annoying and they create waste," he tells The Salt. So, he decided to do something about it.

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5:05pm

Tue November 29, 2011
State Capitol

Cuts to State Spending

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering most state agencies to cut their budgets by two percent for the current fiscal year, but that will not be enough to close a $190 million budget shortfall. The decision was announced by State Budget Director Mary Lassiter at a joint budget committee meeting Tuesday. The plan will not include furloughs for state employees as the governor previously ordered, but it could mean agencies deciding to laying off workers.

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4:59pm

Tue November 29, 2011
All Politics are Local

Department of Interior Delays Plan to Merge Offices

The U.S. Department of the Interior is delaying an order to merge certain parts of the office that regulates surface mining with another department. Last month, the Department of the Interior announced a proposal to merge parts of the Office of Surface Mining with the Bureau of Land Management. But concerns have been raised about both the idea itself and the way the department went about the plan.

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4:55pm

Tue November 29, 2011
State Capitol

Beshear Orders Release of State Records

After multiple lawsuits and key lawmakers' repeated calls for more transparency, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that he will release state records of children who have been killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse or neglect. The Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal had sued the state over the records of children who died while under supervision of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which oversees child protection. In another case, the Todd County Standard sued the cabinet over the records involving Amy Dye, a 9-year-old girl who was beaten to death in February by her adoptive brother.

4:45pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Veteran Awarded Purple Heart After 67 Years

An inch-long piece of shrapnel from a Japanese bomb or artillery shell fired 67 years ago led to a ceremony Monday for Master Sgt. Joe Schmidt, where he was finally awarded the Purple Heart -- and 13 other medals. Schmidt, who turns 90 on Jan. 1, was a spotter for his artillery unit on the Philippine Island of Leyte in October 1944 when he was wounded. “I was running back to my plane when it just came down and hit,” Schmidt recalled.

4:40pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fewer Fatal Crashes During Thanksgiving Holiday

Far fewer fatalities occurred in Kentucky over this year's Thanksgiving period, according to state police. Two people died in two crashes this year compared to nine highway fatalities during the same time period last year, according to preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police. The Thanksgiving holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 23) to 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 27). Neither of the two people killed this year was wearing a seat belt. The crashes occurred in Fayette and Mercer counties.

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4:34pm

Tue November 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Medal of Honor Recipient Sues Former Employer

Former Marine Dakota Meyer, an Adair County native who received the Medal of Honor, has sued a major defense contractor for allegedly saying he is mentally unstable and has a drinking problem, according to the Wall Street Journal. Meyer said a supervisor at BAE Systems made the remarks to another defense contractor, which has ruined his ability to get jobs in the industry, the Journal reported.

4:34pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Election 2012

Political Affairs Now An Open Book

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:13 am

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, seen here in Concord, N.H., earlier this month, is reassessing his campaign after denying allegations this week that he engaged in a long-term affair.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

There's a difference between news that's in the public interest and news that the public is interested in. But that difference has been eradicated when it comes to sex scandals involving presidential candidates.

There was a time when affairs involving candidates for the nation's highest office were not generally considered fit subjects for media scrutiny. In the current media environment, however — and in the wake of dozens of sex scandals involving politicians in recent years — that's no longer the case.

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4:22pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Europe

Modern Greeks Return To Ancient System Of Barter

In Volos, optician Klita Dimitriadis accepts partial payment in Local Alternative Units, or TEMs. She then spends the TEMs at a monthly farmers market, or exchanges them for other services.
Sylvia Poggoli NPR

It's Sunday in Volos, a fishing village nestled in a large bay in central Greece, and fishermen display their daily catch, which this day includes codfish, sardines and octopus.

Prices have been slashed, but customers are few.

Fisherman Christos Xegandakis laughs bitterly. He says business is so bad, it's time to start swapping goods.

"Give me two kilos of potatoes, and I give you a kilo of fish," he says. "Why not?

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