9:14pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Labor Day on the Lake

Boat safety officials are always stressing the importance of life jackets on people, not stuck away on the boat.
Stu Johnson Weku

The unofficial summer boating season ends this weekend.  Boating activities may change with the season, but the need for safety on the water doesn’t. Kentucky boating law administrator Mike Fields offers advice that’s always good…wear a life jacket and watch out for other boaters.  But, some dynamics do change with the season.  Field says there seems to be fewer conflicts between boats and personal watercraft, like jet skis, but caution is still important.

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7:46pm

Wed August 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Washington Partisans Pick Up Right Where They Left Off

Job creation may be the biggest issue facing the nation this fall, but it's not what set off the latest test of wills between the White House and Republican leaders of Congress today.

The president's promised speech on job creation could be a pivotal event in itself, but it's not what caused the latest outbreak of stunning childishness in Washington.

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7:12pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Physicists Test For Most Efficient Way To Board A Plane

It's an age old question: What's the easiest way to board a plane? In this 1933 picture, passengers wait to board a new passenger service between London and Paris.
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It's obvious. Everyone knows that the way you should board a plane is to start from the back and work your way to the front. Then again, every airline seems to think otherwise, because some do it front to back, others board you by "groups," and others board window seats, then middle seats, then aisle seats.

Well, physicists at the prestigious Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics just released a study (pdf) that says we're all wrong. Boarding planes by sequential rows is one of the least effective methods, they found.

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5:58pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas A&M Asks To Leave Big 12 Conference

Texas A&M notified the Big 12 Conference that it had intentions to play elsewhere. In a press release, the College Station, Texas university said if it is accepted in another conference, it would end its Big 12 membership on June 30, 2012.

Here's a bit from President R. Bowen Loftin:

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5:57pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Hurricane Irene Hits East Coast

To Dodge Blame, Officials Prepare Public For Worst

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 3:59 am

In preparing the public for a disaster, officials want to make the right call, but they also want to avoid blame.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Four days after Hurricane Irene struck, some people think the government over-reacted, and others feel not enough was done. People's points of view on the matter are likely highly influenced by how much, or how little, damage they experienced during the storm.

That's utterly human, but new psychological research suggests this way of judging things has a perverse effect on policymakers trying to keep us safe.

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5:47pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Can Potatoes Give Your Health A Boost? A Chemist Thinks So

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Potatoes have gotten a lot of bad press as major contributors to obesity and diabetes. But Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, aims to rehabilitate the humble tuber. When he had overweight people eat potatoes daily for a month, their blood pressure dropped, and they didn't gain weight.

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5:18pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Feds Still Finding Problems At Old Massey Mines

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 6:04 pm

Federal mine safety regulators have discovered false reporting of accidents and injuries at two West Virginia coal mines once owned by Massey Energy, which also owned the mine hit by a deadly explosion last year.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says the Randolph and Justice No. 1 mines in Boone County, W.Va., inaccurately reported or neglected to report 24 injuries last year that resulted in 1,125 lost days of work.

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5:03pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

Alcohol now sold at Lake Barkley State Park

Lake Barkley State Resort Park became eligible to sell alcohol in early August. But the park started with a “soft opening” — offering only beer cans at the golf course pro shop — and just introduced its full selection at the dining room and convention center on Tuesday night. The park now offers wine, liquor and bottled beer, including a range of Kentucky brands, Park Manager John Jordan said. However, the new beverage choices entered the menu quietly. The park will not advertise alcohol products, and it will not add a bar to the dining room, Jordan said.

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4:53pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Jobless Rates up in 18 Counties

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2010 and July 2011, while 18 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

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4:52pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP Lawmakers want Special Session

Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state “borrowed” to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.

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