2:41pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Researcher Finds Secret Software On Phones Logs Nearly Everything

A screenshot showing CarrierIQ in action.
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That headline is pretty spectacular, but the software researcher Trevor Eckhart found in his HTC Android phone does just that. Eckhart posted a video on YouTube on Monday showing how the software works:

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2:32pm

Wed November 30, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth Rips GOP over Payroll Tax Cuts

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday in support of extending the payroll tax cuts, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., criticized Republicans, claiming they are putting wealthier Americans over working families. The current payroll rate is set to expire January 1, which would end the relief for about 160 million Americans.

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2:32pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Corbin Alcohol Ballot Issue Halfway Home

A month and a half after announcing an effort to legalize the sale of packaged liquor in Corbin, the principal organizer behind it said he has about half the number of signatures required to put the issue before city voters. Kurt Kraus, Chairman of a group called Corbin Citizens for Economic Progress, said some early setbacks slowed the push to get about the roughly 800 to 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the city saying they want to see the issue on the ballot for a special election. Because Corbin lies in two counties and has voting precincts split between city residents and those that live in unincorporated areas, getting petition cards mailed to the proper people has been complicated.

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2:30pm

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

McConnell Supports Extending Payroll Tax Cuts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has reiterated GOP lawmakers’ support for extending the payroll tax cut for another year, but Kentucky’s senior Senator says his party will oppose any hikes on wealthier Americans.

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2:30pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Education

Jessamine County's Young Superintendent of the Year

Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Lu Young was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.

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2:27pm

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Judge Orders State to Release Child-Death Records

State officials have 10 days to produce 90 internal reviews of social workers' files on children who have been killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse and neglect, a judge ordered Wednesday. Attorneys for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday that they were hiring temporary staff to redact more than 180 case files involving children who died or nearly died of abuse and neglect. Once redacted, those records will be made available, said Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, which oversees child protection.

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2:25pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Education

Superintendent of the Year from Jessamine

Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Lu Young was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.

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2:18pm

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Two Percent Spending Cuts for State Agencies

Most state agencies will cut spending by an additional 2 percent as part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s plan to cover a $190 million hole in the current budget. The plan doesn’t include employee furloughs, but programs may opt to lay off workers, state Budget Director Mary Lassiter told the joint Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday. “Every agency will have to evaluate its capacity to deal with these additional cuts,” Lassiter said.

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2:16pm

Wed November 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY River Expected to Reach Flood Stage

Heavy rain in the eastern and central regions of the state is expected to push the Kentucky River above flood stage this week. Carroll County Flood Plain Manager Mitchell Perkins said Tuesday that the Kentucky is currently at 30 feet at Lockport, which is considered action level. It is expected to rise to 33 feet, which is flood stage by Wednesday. Perkins said reports show the Kentucky cresting Wednesday in Frankfort, which means it will crest in Carroll County late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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2:14pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Sports

Fans are Lobbying for WKU Football

State Rep. Jody Richards knows a thing or two about lobbying. And about Western Kentucky University football, for that matter. As WKU football fans intensified a grass-roots effort Tuesday to send the Hilltoppers to a postseason bowl game for the first time since the school joined the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision, Richards said the first key to successful lobbying is having a good case.

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