1:36pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Statehouse News

State Announces Grant to Clean Up Illegal Dumps

The state Monday announced that about $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 171 illegal dumps in 29 counties. “Illegal dumping is a major problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety, property values and quality of life in our communities,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release. “It is a major economic burden on local governments, which are typically responsible for cleaning up dump sites.”

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1:18pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Bowling Green Discusses Ban of Synthetic Pot

Ashley Stillwell and Josh Walkup hope that no one else has to endure the pain brought on by their experiences with herbal potpourri. Walkup, 26, of Richardsville, and Stillwell, 18, will address the Bowling Green City Commission at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 during a work session to discuss banning the sale of products marketed as herbal incense or potpourri that are in fact being used as cheap, legal alternatives to marijuana.

1:18pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya's Prime Minister Casts Suspicion On 'Foreign Powers'

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:18 pm

Mahmoud Jibril, the former leader of the Libyan Transitional National Council.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

It wasn't long ago that Libya's former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril was praising NATO for its help in toppling Moammar Gadhafi. But in an interview with Bloomberg published today, Jibril casts suspicion on foreign powers.

Jibril questions Qatar's involvement in domestic politics and essentially blames "foreign powers" for the death of Gadhafi. Bloomberg reports:

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1:16pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

UK Commemorates Tobacco Ban Anniversary

The University of Kentucky is celebrating the second anniversary of becoming a Tobacco-Free campus. Monday in the Student Center members of the Tobacco-free Campus Initiative Task Force provided an update on some of the impact that the policy has had on the school. Audrey Darville, is a tobacco treatment specialist with UK Healthcare.

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1:12pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Clark County Considers Going Paperless

In an effort to save paper, time and money, Clark County officials are considering going paperless through the iPad. Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham and Clark County Attorney Brian Thomas pitched the idea to county commissioners during a Fiscal Court meeting.

1:11pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Penn State Alum Caught Abuse For Protesting Game

Most Penn State fans at Saturday's game expressed sympathy for victims of child abuse. Many bought T-shirts to help raise money for PreventChildAbusePA.org. But some took out their frustrations on a lone protester.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Accounts vary on how much flack he caught, but they agree that some Penn State fans did not appreciate John Matko's one-man protest outside the school's football stadium Saturday before the game with Nebraska.

The 34-year-old Penn State alum held two signs with messages such as "put abused kids first. ... Don't be fooled, they all knew. ... Honor the abused kids by cancelling this game and the season NOW."

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1:10pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Evelyn Lauder Dies, Co-Founder Of Pink Ribbon Breast Health Awareness

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 1:17 pm

Evelyn Lauder.
Evan Agostini AP

Chances are that at some point you've donned a small pink ribbon supporting awareness of breast health and efforts to fight breast cancer. Chances are you might not recognize one of the women who brought it to universal prominence. Evelyn Lauder died on Saturday. She was a vice president of the cosmetics corporation founded by Estee' Lauder, her powerful mother-in-law. The Estee Lauder Companies says Evelyn Lauder, who was 75, died at home in New York of non-genetic ovarian cancer.

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1:09pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Energy Star Awards Abound in Butler County

All four public schools in Butler County have achieved Energy Star awards, making it the first district in Kentucky to be recognized for each of its schools. Energy Star is the Environmental Protection Agency’s symbol for superior energy efficiency.

12:40pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Farmland Is Real Estate's Big Bright Spot

This headline today on a story behind The Wall Street Journal's paywall ...

"U.S. Farmers Reclaim Land From Developers"

... sent us looking for other reports about what the Journal says is a national trend: "raw land destined for residential development has fallen so far in value that thousands of acres across the country are being used again for agriculture."

A few other pieces underscore the strength in farmland prices:

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12:01pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Tax Reform Questions

 

The fast approaching 2012 Kentucky General Assembly session will likely include items leftover from the just completed governor’s race.  Both gubernatorial candidates agreed on the need for tax reform, but disagreed on the timing.  Governor Beshear wants to wait until the  economy improves, but, Senate President David William proposed immediate action.  It’s not a new topic. For years, Fayette County lawmaker Bill Farmer has urged lawmakers to consider tax reforms.

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