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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11:53am

Tue September 13, 2011
All Politics are Local

Treasurer Candidates Debate

The incumbent with a well known political lineage, an outspoken Lexington government official, and a Libertarian with computer skills are vying to be Kentucky’s next treasurer.  The three made their positions known last night on Kentucky Educational Television.  One of the responsibilities of the state treasurer is to return unclaimed property to taxpayers.  The office has long published lists on-line of such misplaced funds and property.  But GOP candidate K.C. Crosby claims returning those assets to the rightful owners still takes too long.

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11:52am

Tue September 13, 2011
Health

Doctors Counter Vaccine Fears In Pacific Northwest

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 6:48 pm

Many parents today expect to have choices — and that includes picking and choosing which vaccines their children gets.
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Parts of the U.S. are seeing a drop-off in vaccination rates among young children. The falling rates don't necessarily track with poverty or other poor public health trends; in fact, a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report flagged the poorest rates of kindergarten vaccination in relatively prosperous states, like Washington and Oregon.

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11:15am

Tue September 13, 2011
Education

New Busing Plan for Louisville

The UCLA professor and contracted expert on student assignment said it’s possible for Jefferson County Public Schools to create diverse schools with less transportation by next fall.  “Well I think the longest ride times would be less than half the longest ride times now. That’s my guess,” Dr. Gary Orfield told the JCPS school board.

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11:14am

Tue September 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

LOU Commute Faster than Expected

State officials say this evening’s commute from Louisville to Indiana was not as bad as they expected in the wake of the Sherman Minton Bridge closure. Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Department of Transportation watched the commute via traffic cameras in MetroSafe. “Well, from what we can see on the Trimark cameras, traffic is moving so well that frankly it’s surprising,” he said.

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11:09am

Tue September 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Adair Native Receives Medal of Honor for 'Worst Day' of His Life

Dakota Meyer in the library at Adair County High School on 9/7/2011. He attended the school before transferring to Green County High School for his junior and senior years.
Bill Estep Lexington Herald-Leader

Two years ago, Adair County native Dakota L. Meyer had just gone through a hell he had not expected to survive. On Sept. 8, 2009, in a narrow valley in mountainous northeastern Afghanistan, Meyer, then a 21-year-old corporal in the Marine Corps, repeatedly charged through murderous enemy fire to rescue other Marines and U.S. and Afghan soldiers who had been ambushed by Taliban fighters. Meyer's efforts in the six-hour battle saved the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers. For those actions, President Barack Obama will present Meyer with the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.

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11:05am

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Marshals Service Needs To Improve Its Handling Of Felons' Assets

Federal watchdogs say the U.S. Marshals Service needs to do a better job of valuing and selling assets tied to fraudsters and organized crime figures.

The Justice Department's inspector general has found poor oversight and problems with record keeping that could be costing taxpayers money.

The Marshals Service has managed investments, homes and jewelry tied to many prominent criminals over the past five years. The prominent felons include Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff and organized crime figure James Galante.

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