Thu November 17, 2011

Congressional Stock Trades Get Scrutiny

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 7:52 pm

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus faces questions about his stock purchases.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The STOCK Act, a bill that would ban members of Congress from trading stock based on nonpublic information they get because they're lawmakers, has 61 co-sponsors and counting. And after years of languishing with only one hearing, the measure is getting one in the House Financial Services Committee.

What's remarkable about this is that the STOCK Act had just nine co-sponsors last week. What changed? The CBS news magazine 60 Minutes did a story about congressional insider trading.

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Thu November 17, 2011
NPR Story

Boston Occupy Movement Reaches Second Phase

Melissa Block checks back in with Jason Potteiger with the Occupy Boston movement. The recent college graduate was unemployed when we first talked to him last month. Now he's got a job, but he continues to work with the movement on various projects.


Thu November 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Mother Fights Court Over Home School

Amy Jessup (center) of Allen County leaves the Allen County Courthouse in Scottsville on Wednesday with friends Keely and Daniel Showalter and their son Philo, 1, all of Barren County, after Jessup's Allen District Court proceedings concerning home-school
Miranda Pederson/The Daily News

An Allen County mother of six was in court Wednesday fighting charges involving her home school. Allen County Attorney Bill Hagenbuch filed charges against Amy Jessup, claiming the woman intentionally breached state attendance regulations and laws requiring that a parent or custodian send his or her child to school, according to court records. Jessup, whose family was profiled in the Aug. 26 edition of the Daily News, home schools her children using a method called “unschooling,” which teaches children lessons through natural experiences, in addition to academic curriculum.


Thu November 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Ghost Tours at Buffalo Trace Distillery

Rick Redding walks up a narrow staircase in Warehouse C.

Halloween may be over, but the haunting continues at Buffalo Trace Distillery where new Ghost Tours start. The tours will feature places explored in Wednesday episode of SyFy’s paranormal reality show “Ghost Hunters.” “There are more spirits here than the ones aging in our warehouses,” said tour guide Teresa Barney, who will be leading the Ghost Tours. The “Ghost Hunters” crew filmed an episode at the distillery in August after viewers alerted them to “strange happenings” at the more than 200-year-old distillery.


Thu November 17, 2011
State Capitol

Men Indicted For Scam of Elderly Woman

Antone Miller

Two Franklin County men have been indicted for scamming an elderly woman for work on her house, a prosecutor said. Joseph Lewis, 28, and Antone Miller, 42, were charged after they exploited Martha Guthrie, of Frankfort, by requesting around $4,000 for work on her house in late September, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland.


Thu November 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Anderson Circle Farm Auctioned for $25 Million

A West Virginia billionaire bid $25 million on Wednesday to purchase Mercer County's Anderson Circle Farm on U.S. 127. Forbes Magazine lists Jim Justice II was one of the 400 richest Americans. Unlike some bidders who wanted to purchase parts of the farm and development it, Justice says he plans to keep the property as a working farm with cattle, thoroughbreds and cash grains.


Thu November 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Americans Are Fat, And Expected To Get Much Fatter

Overweight guys will have even more company in a few years.
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In case you haven't noticed, we're fat, and getting fatter.

If Americans stay on this path, 83 percent of men will be overweight or obese by 2020. Women are right behind them, with 72 percent projected to be overweight or obese by then.

The implications go far beyond tight pants and groaning sofas. Obesity is a big risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Imagining an America of overweight, unhealthy people gives public health officials the willies. And it should be frightening to us civilians, too.

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Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

California Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Foes May Defend Prop 8

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:00 pm

Californians who oppose same-sex marriage just won a procedural victory in court.

The state's Supreme Court ruled this hour that opponents of same-sex marriage who successfully pushed the Proposition 8 law that bans such unions in the state may defend the initiative in court. The court's opinion is here.

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Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 4:31 pm

In Los Angeles today: Occupy protesters march.
Jae C. Hong AP

The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.

-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.

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Thu November 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Occupy Demonstrators Mark Two Months Of Protests



From New York to California and places in between, Occupy protesters are in the streets today. That's because it was exactly two months ago that the movement began in a New York City park. Police in riot gear were deployed in lower Manhattan this morning, as hundreds of demonstrators marched with the aim of shutting down Wall Street. NPR correspondent Margot Adler has been following the events, and she joins us now live. Good morning, Margot.


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