11:58am

Mon September 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

100 Years of Bill Monroe

Were he still alive, this Tuesday would have been Bill Monroe's 100th birthday. Monroe was born September 13, 1911 in Rosine, Kentucky, and is considered by most to be the "Father of Bluegrass Music." In commemoration of the milestone, Gary Pitts looks into how Monroe, his style, and his mandolin developed an entirely new genre of music, with commentary from Ricky Skaggs, George Gruhn, and contribution from Ted Belue.

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11:40am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Bank Of America: 'Phase I" Of Cost-Cutting Will Eliminate 30,000 Jobs

Upcoming job cuts at Bank of America will reduce its payroll "by approximately 30,000 jobs over the next few years," the company just announced.

The financial giant describes the reductions as part of "Phase I" in its reorganization. "Phase II" covering "businesses and operations that were not reviewed in Phase I," will begin in October.

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11:38am

Mon September 12, 2011
Business

Bank Of America Planning To Cut 30,000 Jobs

Bank of America said Monday that it will cut about 30,000 jobs over the next few years in a bid to save $5 billion per year.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank says it expects many of the job cuts will come through attrition and eliminating unfilled positions. Bank of America has been working for several months on finding ways to streamline its operations. The job cuts are part of "Phase I" in a cost-cutting program the bank calls "Project New BAC."

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11:27am

Mon September 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Service Center Still Going Strong

Georgia Clemons is only 5 feet tall, but she cuts quite a figure: pastel suit, black high heels, hair coiffed and a twist of pearls around her neck. But she is standing behind the front counter of Georgia's Service Center, a circa 1963 filling station and auto repair shop at the corner of Lexington's Nicholasville Road and Malabu Drive. She owns the place, and she runs it seven days a week.

11:10am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Sorry, What Did You Say? SpongeBob Is Bad For Kids' Brains?

SpongeBob Squarepants.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for Nickelodeon

The good folks over at the Shots blog will have more to report about this, but we just couldn't wait to pass on word that:

"The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds." (The Associated Press)

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10:57am

Mon September 12, 2011
Science/Health

New Restrictions on Abortion Clinics

Health officials in Virginia this week consider emergency regulations which could severely restrict abortion clinics in that state.  The regulations are in response to a bill signed into law by Governor McDonnell earlier this year.  It requires the state to draft emergency regulations to treat abortion clinics as hospitals.  If approved, the regulations would go into effect December 31st and would be in place until permanent regulations are enacted.  It’s an effort to make the clinics safer, says Chris Freund of the Family Foundation of Virginia.

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10:57am

Mon September 12, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Watson, IBM's Quiz Show Champ, Moves Into Health Care

"Jeopardy!" contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter compete against Watson at a press conference in January. Soon Watson could be giving answers to your doctor's questions.
Ben Hider Getty Images

10:29am

Mon September 12, 2011
Science/Health

KY Optometric Eye Surgeries May Expand

A complaint has been filed against the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners saying a task force it created never complied with state law before deciding optometrists could perform certain laser eye surgery procedures.

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10:26am

Mon September 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

Lawmaker Prefiles for Gambling

Louisville Public Media

A Republican state lawmaker from Louisville says he believes expanded gambling legislation he’s pre-filed for the 2012 General Assembly will get a fair hearing.  Representative Mike Nemes wants legislators to consider two bills. The first would put a constitutional amendment question on the ballot in 2012.

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10:25am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

In Syria: 2,600 Dead So Far, U.N. Official Says

At least 2,600 people have been killed in Syria since the start of protests there in mid-March, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights reported today.

Navi Pillay said in Geneva that the estimate is based on information from "reliable sources on the ground."

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