1:14pm

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Ron Paul: It's Not Government's Job To Take Care Of Uninsured

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 3:53 pm

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul speaks during the presidential debate sponsored by CNN and The Tea Party Express at the Florida State fairgrounds on September 12, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.
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One question at last night's Republican presidential debate has the Internet abuzz. Not really for what Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said but for the reaction of a few people in the Tea Party crowd.

This was the question from CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

"A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I'm not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I'm healthy, I don't need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it.

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1:11pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

US Atty Prosecutes KY's 1st Bath Salt Case

The U.S. Attorney's office has made its first conviction in Kentucky in a case involving mephedrone. 59-year-old Ralph Justice and his son 32-year-old Adam Justice were sentenced Monday for conspiring to distribute mephedrone in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Two other defendants were sentenced on related charges. 

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1:06pm

Tue September 13, 2011
All Politics are Local

Danville Begins City Manager Search Again

It looks as if the first part of the Danville city manager search will be conducted by a body of citizens and commissioners, but much of the process still remains uncertain. Mayor Bernie Hunstad’s proposal Monday would have included hiring an outside executive search firm as well as naming a seven-person citizens committee to provide oversight of the process. After a lengthy discussion, though, commissioners opted to start the search process without hiring a firm, instead leaving the initial search up to the committee.

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1:04pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Education

High School Equivalency Exams Change

The new common core state standards implemented in schools across Kentucky and 42 other states at the beginning of the school year have changed the academic landscape for all students. The new standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in a way that is relevant to the real world. The new standards have also changed the expectations and rigor for those students who have dropped out of school and are looking to get a General Education Diploma (GED) at one of the 120 adult education centers across the state.

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12:50pm

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Is Weakened, But Remains A 'Serious Threat,' Petraeus Says

CIA Director David Petraeus (right) and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifying earlier today (Sept. 13, 2011).
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"The CIA assesses that, 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States continues to face a serious threat from al-Qaida and its worldwide network of affiliates and sympathizers," even though the terrorist organization "has been weakened," CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress today in his first testimony since taking over the top job at the intelligence agency.

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12:33pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

USDA To Ban 6 More Strains Of E. Coli In Ground Beef

Ground beef will have to undergo more E. coli testing before sale under new USDA rule.
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E. coli 0157:H7 isn't a lonely foodborne villain any more.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that six uncommon strains of E. coli will be banned from ground beef due to risks of illness. Consumer groups are hailing the move as the biggest advance in meat safety in years.

But meat processors warn it will cost consumers more money, and say the scientific evidence doesn't justify the new expense.

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12:32pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Accusations of Bungled Death Investigation

A drug overdose investigation took the unlikely forefront of the Lancaster City Council meeting Monday. Two Lancaster residents were charged with felonies after Paint Lick resident Brandon Hubbard, 18, died in April, but the county attorney’s office has since discharged both cases, Lancaster Deputy Police Chief Allen Weston said. Hubbard’s aunt, Angie Hubbard, told the council she now feels the investigation was handled inappropriately by officials.

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12:30pm

Tue September 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Commuters Cope with Closure of I-64 bridge

LOUISVILLE – Transportation and law enforcement officials from Kentucky, Indiana and local governments Tuesday worked to shepherd an extraordinary volume of detoured traffic on the second work day following closure of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. Officials used a variety of tools to keep traffic flowing including:

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12:06pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bardstown Expecting Barrel-fuls Of Visitors

Bardstown, KY rolls out the barrels and the welcome mat for its twentieth annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Executive Director Linda Harrison says the event is a mixed concoction of Kentucky's famous spirit and Bardstown's hospitality. "When you have fifty-thousand people there, I'd say they become a part of Bardstown."

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11:55am

Tue September 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

One Price Of Fatherhood: Low Testosterone

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 5:30 pm

You can almost see the testosterone slipping away.
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It turns out daddies are losing more than just sleep after a child arrives. New fathers also experience a sharp decline in levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.

At least that's what scientists have concluded from a long-term study of more than 600 men in the Philippines.

The scientists found that single men who started out with relatively high testosterone levels were more likely than other men to become fathers. But once a baby arrived, testosterone levels plummeted.

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