9:49am

Fri December 2, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Farm Receipts Top $5 Billion

While the rest of the economy flounders, Kentucky's farm economy is growing by leaps and bounds. Farm cash receipts in 2011 will top $5 billion for the first time ever, University of Kentucky agriculture economists said. Their annual forecast, released Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual convention, predicted combined crop and livestock receipts of about $5.2 billion to $5.4 billion, up by as much as $1 billion from last year's record $4.4 billion.

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9:47am

Fri December 2, 2011
Faith and Values

Pike Co. Pastor Calls for New Vote on Interracial Couples

The pastor of a small Pike County church that voted against accepting interracial couples as members said he will ask the congregation to overturn the decision. Stacy Stepp, pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, said he will seek a new vote on the issue, perhaps as early as Sunday. Stepp said he is confident members of the church, which has about 45 members, will overturn the earlier decision.

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9:45am

Fri December 2, 2011
All Politics are Local

Possible Tea Party Challenge for State Senator

An electrical contractor from Scott County will challenge state Sen. Damon Thayer in the 2012 Republican primary and hopes to get support from the tea party. Ricky Hostetler has filed a letter of intent to run for the Republican nomination for Kentucky's 17th Senate District, which covers part of southern Kenton County and Grant, Owen and Scott counties.

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9:43am

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentuckians at War

WWII Veteran's Family Receives Medals for Service

Charles Lydian Sr. served three years as a general service engineer in World War II, building roads and supplying ammunition, regularly in a combat zone. Yet for all his service, Lydian’s children say he didn’t talk much about the war when he talked about his experience. This week, Mike Lydian accepted six medals on his father’s behalf, five-and-a-half months after Charles Lydian passed away at age 92.

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9:10am

Fri December 2, 2011
All Politics are Local

Deep Defense Cuts Worry Appropriations Head

With the failure of the super committee to cut more than a trillion dollars from the nation’s debt, automatic cuts are scheduled to hit the federal budget. Kentucky lawmakers are still holding out hope that a new deal can be reached.

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8:53am

Fri December 2, 2011
The Picture Show

Russia By Rail: Setting Off From Moscow

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

Sergei Tarkhov, a geology professor and Trans-Siberian veteran, stands near the zero kilometer mark at Yaroslavsky Rail Station in Moscow.
David Gilkey NPR

Seven time zones, nearly 6,000 miles, and a lot of tea and borscht. That only begins to describe the long journey by David Greene, NPR's Moscow correspondent. He's been in Russia for just over two years and for his last reporting trip, he's riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostok.

While crossing the world's largest country and bridging two continents, he'll make stops to capture the mood and the culture of Russia at an important milestone, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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8:34am

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent; 120,000 Jobs Added

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:46 am

A job fair in San Francisco last month.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November from 9 percent in October as payrolls went up by 120,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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8:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

'Freakishly Powerful Winds' To Ease In Southern California, Utah

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 8:01 am

Toppled trees in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles did some heavy damage to vehicles parked along a street.
Mike Meadows AP

The worst is over in Utah, where winds that topped 100 mph Thursday toppled trucks trees and power lines.

And things should be calmer in Southern California too, where "freakishly powerful winds" on Thursday stunned people and left behind shredded rooftops and "yards littered with downed trees," as the Los Angeles Times says.

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7:40am

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Several Plays, A Couple Concerts and Two Messiahs

The holiday theater and music season gets underway in a big way this weekend.  Two versions of the Messiah are performed this evening.  Several plays, including “Madeline’s Christmas” and “Book of Liz” open this weekend.  And there are holiday shows at several universities.  Providing a preview, as he does every Friday, is Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader.

7:30am

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Officials Say Pakistan Gave Go-Ahead For Airstrikes

The airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers have sparked protests. In Peshawar, Pakistan, on Thursday students shouted anti-U.S. slogans.
A. Majeed AFP/Getty Images

"Pakistani officials at a border coordination center gave the go-ahead to American airstrikes that inadvertently killed 24 Pakistan troops, unaware that their own forces were in the area, according to U.S. officials briefed on the preliminary investigation," The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.

A Pakistani official quoted by Reuters says that's not true.

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