Fri September 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Insurance Delays Opening of Harlan Zipline

The grand opening of the Black Mountain Thunder Zipline attraction at the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Park didn’t take place on Labor Day weekend as anticipated. Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Chairperson Kim Collier said the liability insurance necessary for opening “was taking longer than anticipated.”


Fri September 9, 2011

Teachers Recall 9/11 Emotions

T.K. Stone Middle School teacher Kerrie Bal works with Graham Meek, left, Ramsey Deaton and Will Dykeman on their 9/11 project on Thursday. They're learning about the different perspectives of groups affected by the attacks.
Kelly Cantrall News Enterprise

As the world stopped 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, frozen in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, educators in Hardin County juggled watching with guiding classrooms of children through an event some were too young to understand. Wynna Mabe, a teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, said she felt many of her students saw the crumbling towers as a scene from a movie, instead of realizing it involved real people. It was hard for elementary students to comprehend the enormity of the attacks, she said.


Fri September 9, 2011
Statehouse News

State Nixes Safer 65 Project Authority

The Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority has rejected a proposal to create a Safer 65 Project Authority, but proponents of the plan are not giving up on the concept. Under the Safer 65 Proposal, the final unimproved 38-mile stretch of Interstate 65 that runs from about the Park City exit north to Elizabethtown would be widened. By defining the work as a single megaproject and bidding it at one time, the entire stretch could be complete in roughly five years.


Fri September 9, 2011
Statehouse News

Kentucky Voters to Choose Gambling Options

Kentucky voters could be choosing in November 2012 whether to allow expanded gambling. If Mike Nemes, a Louisville Republican, has his way, all counties in the commonwealth would be doing just that in 14 months. He has filed two bills for the 2012 session that, if approved, would allow the vote on expanded gambling.


Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

While Susquehanna River Is Receding, Residents Can't Return Just Yet

Flooding continues along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, New York State and down into Maryland continues.

But as headlines from around the region show, the worst may be over.

Still, there's no word yet on when an estimated 100,000 people who had to leave their homes will be able to return.

Some of the stories:

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Fri September 9, 2011

Comparing Job Plans: No Shortage Of Ideas

A giant sign reading "jobs" hangs outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

In the 2012 election cycle, "Job No. 1" for any political candidate will be to lay out persuasive plans for generating more middle-income jobs.

In the more than two years since the Great Recession ended, job growth has been exceptionally slow. Today, 14 million U.S. workers cannot find jobs and the unemployment rate hovers at 9.1 percent. That's nearly twice the level that would reflect a healthy labor market.

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Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Road To Sept. 11: Saudi Arabia's Highway 15 Revisited

A detour along Saudi Arabia's Highway 15.
Charles M. Sennott GlobalPost

The road to Sept. 11 began here on Highway 15 in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, which stretches from Mecca into a barren desert landscape and up into the winding, rocky passes of the Asir province bordering Yemen.

Osama bin Laden's father, a Saudi construction magnate, built this highway in the 1960s connecting the kingdom to his ancestral homeland of Yemen, and it was along this same stretch of asphalt that Osama bin Laden recruited 12 of the 15 Saudi youths who were among the 19 hijackers to carry out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Fri September 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Chief Turns 65 And Qualifies For Coverage He Oversees

Today is a big day for Medicare Chief Donald Berwick. He turns 65. And now he is the first head of the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled to also be a beneficiary.

"I'm excited," he told Shots in a pre-birthday interview Thursday. "I feel like I'm in my 20s still. I don't feel 65. It's going to be a great day to celebrate."

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Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

President's Plan Would Have 'Substantial, Powerful Effect,' Geithner Says

Moments ago on Morning Edition, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that if the Obama administration's latest jobs plan is enacted it should have a "substantial, powerful effect" on the economy.

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