10:01am

Mon September 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Clay City Go-Kart Race Attracts Hundreds

Tempers flared on the track Sunday during the qualifying stages of a $50,000 go-kart race at Clay City Kart Speedway. The championship race was run at night.
Tim Webb Lexington Herald-Leader

The fronts of businesses on Ky. 15 in Clay City on Sunday were adorned with signs that read "Welcome Karters." More than 600 go-karters from 41 states descended on this town of less than 1,500 for a chance to win the single largest payout in karting history — $50,000 for first place in a race dubbed "The Insane One."

10:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Some Spectators Think Reno Pilot Was Trying To Steer Clear Of Fans

(Note at 12:10 p.m. ET: A 10th person has died, according to officials in Washoe County, Nev. We've updated the post to reflect that news.)

As investigators search for clues into the cause of Friday's deadly accident at a Reno air race, in which 10 people were killed and dozens more injured when a plane crashed into a V.I.P. tent, there are reports that some who were there think 74-year-old pilot Jimmy Leeward did his best to prevent an even worse tragedy.

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9:57am

Mon September 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Pay Phones Still Exist, but Dwindling

Keeneland Race Course has 14 pay phones on its grounds, the third most in Lexington. Only the University of Kentucky (70) and city government (35) have more.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

Of Windstream's 10,000 employees in 29 states, including Kentucky, the telephone provider has just two focused on pay phones. Even that number might surprise some, though, as the phones and their 50-cent calling rates have virtually fallen off the landscape because of the prevalence of cellphones. In all of Lexington, the company has just 327 pay phones, down almost 50 percent from five years ago, said Barry Bishop, regional vice president of operations.

9:10am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Netflix Is Splitting: DVD Service To Be Called Qwikster

The red Netflix envelope is due to be replaced by Qwikster.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Saying that "I messed up," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced late Sunday evening that after many complaints from its customers about a 60 percent increase in its fees, the company is splitting its services.

Soon, if you just want DVDs-by-mail, you'll be dealing with Qwikster (Hastings says the name "refers to quick delivery).

If you want to stream movies and other content, the company you'll be using will still be called Netflix.

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8:42am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Investigation Continues Into Reno Air Crash; Iran Still Holds 2 Americans

Good morning.

President Obama this morning lays out what his aides say is a plan to reduce projected budget deficits by about $4 trillion over the decade. Earlier, we posted about "Five Things To Know About Obama's Deficit Plan."

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8:33am

Mon September 19, 2011
Monkey See

Netflix Won't Send You DVDs Anymore; Now They'll Come From 'Qwikster'

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 1:37 pm

Say goodbye to the red Netflix envelope, which the company is phasing out in favor of a new DVD delivery service called "Qwikster."
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Netflix has figured out that people are very upset about its decision to split streaming video and DVD delivery — a decision that got it in huge hot water earlier this year. Customers who had previously gotten both streaming and DVDs for a single price would now have to pay separately. If you only use one or the other, you could pay less, but if you still wanted both, you'd pay more.

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8:10am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Strauss-Kahn: No Apology; Concedes 'Grave Moral Mistake'

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the studio of the French TV network TF1.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

While saying there was no violence involved in the May incident at a New York City hotel that led to his arrest on a sexual assault charge, former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has admitted making a "grave moral mistake" during what he says was a consensual encounter with a maid.

"I regret it infinitely," he said.

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8:08am

Mon September 19, 2011
Monkey See

The Emmys: Satisfying Winners Elevate A Sloppy Show

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 8:51 am

Melissa McCarthy accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award onstage with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, and presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Watching Sunday night's Emmy Awards was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.

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7:57am

Mon September 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Veterinarian Experience in High School

Veterinarian Lynn McMaine with a handful of dogs at the Fayette Schools' clinic
Stu Johnson Weku

The practice of veterinary medicine is changing all the time.  It’s more than just new technology in the animal operating room.  The Fayette County School System features a ‘one of a kind’ full service vet clinic on its new agri-science campus.   The clinic opened Friday.  Students can get an up close look at various procedures.  On site vet, Dr. Jim Martin says not all students will end up at an animal clinic in the years ahead.

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7:51am

Mon September 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

KY's Energy Future Focus of Presentation

Kentucky gets most of its electricity from coal, but as new air pollution rules go into effect, coal becomes more expensive than it used to be. A presentation in Louisville tonight will discuss policies that can spur alternative, and cleaner, energy in the commonwealth. Kristin Tracz is a research and policy associate with non-profit Mountain Area Community Economic Development. She says a smart economic move for Kentucky would be to pass the Clean Energy Opportunity Act—a bill that’s been introduced in the state legislature in the past two sessions.

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