10:08am

Wed November 30, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Rupp Arena Designers Seek Public Input

Lexingtonians will have two chances this week to comment on a proposal to create a 46-acre Rupp Arena Arts & Entertainment District downtown. Former UK faculty member and master planner for the Rupp Arena project Gary Bates is set to discuss his ideas and take comments from the public at a meeting at 6 PM Wednesday night at the Lexington Children's Theatre. Bates will also attend a Q&A session with downtown merchants and property owners Thursday at 1:30 PM at Buster's.

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10:06am

Wed November 30, 2011
Faith and Values

Pike County Church Rejects Interracial Couples

A small Pike County church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or let them take part in some worship activities. The decision has caused sharp reaction and disapproval in the Eastern Kentucky county. "It's not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form," Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, said of the vote.

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10:01am

Wed November 30, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Study Says Renovated Rupp Arena Would Benefit UK

Renovating Rupp Arena would cost less than half of what the city would spend to build a new arena, and at the same time would include the priorities that the University of Kentucky says it wants in a basketball facility, according to a new feasibility study. Renovation would cost between $110 million and $130 million, compared to $300 million to $325 million for a new arena, according to the technical study that looked at long-term needs for the downtown arena and adjacent Lexington Center.

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9:59am

Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Sen. Ridley Predicts Vote on Expanding Gaming

The Nov. 8 election may have done more than dash Senate President David Williams' hopes for the Governor's Mansion, according to state Sen. Dorsey Ridley, it may have also unclogged the major obstacle to a full Senate vote on expanded gaming in Kentucky. Past legislative sessions have seen expanded gaming proposals bottled up by Williams' opposition, but his defeat by Gov. Steve Beshear has diminished his power, Ridley told Henderson Lions Club on Tuesday.

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9:55am

Wed November 30, 2011
Business and the Economy

Live-Cut Tree Sales Dwindle

Area sellers of live and live-cut Christmas trees say they are selling fewer than in the past. Opinions differ regarding why that change is occurring. John Effinger, owner and manager of Frank Otte Nursery on Ring Road in Elizabethtown, thinks allergies are to blame. His grandchildren’s allergies are why he and his wife had to buy an artificial tree after bringing live-cut trees into their home every year as they raised their own children. “I think the environment is too clean today,” he said.

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9:50am

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Expels Iranian Diplomats

As police stood by Tuesday, an Iranian Basij militia member reared back to throw a stone toward the British embassy in Tehran. Other Basij militia members also took part in the attack, witnesses say.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday's attack on the British embassy in Tehran by Iranian "students" has led the U.K. to order the expulsion of all Iranian diplomats and the closing of Iran's embassy in London, the BBC reports.

Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament that "if any country makes it impossible for us to operate on their soil they cannot expect to have a functioning embassy here."

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9:18am

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Employers Added 206,000 Jobs This Month, Report Signals

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 10:13 am

The nation's private employers boosted their payrolls by 206,000 jobs this month, according to the widely watched ADP National Employment Report.

That's well above the 130,000 increase that economists had been expecting the report would show, Reuters reports.

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9:00am

Wed November 30, 2011

8:40am

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Clinton In Myanmar, U.S. Deeply Realistic About State Of Reforms There

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 8:43 am

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upon her arrival in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, earlier today (Nov. 30, 2011).
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in Myanmar for the first visit in more than 50 years by a U.S. secretary of state to the country also known as Burma — an isolated nation known for its brutal military dictatorship, but where there have been recent moves that may signal its leaders are ready to pay greater respect to human rights and give people a say in how they're governed.

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8:25am

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Central Banks Join To Battle Credit Crisis, Stocks Surge

The Federal Reserve and five of the world's other major central banks just announced "coordinated actions ... to ease strains in financial markets" and make more credit available to consumers and businesses by pumping money into the global financial system.

In a statement released at 8 a.m. ET, the Fed says:

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