Thu September 1, 2011
It's All Politics

What Should Be In Obama's Jobs Plan? Six Ideas That Could Make The List

When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list:

Extension of the payroll tax "holiday"

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Thu September 1, 2011
Jon Huntsman

Can Jon Huntsman Break Away From The Pack?

As Jon Huntsman and his wife walked down Main Street in Concord, N.H., on Thursday, trailed by news cameras, a passerby asked, "Who's that?"

The question is not surprising for a candidate who's run no TV ads in New Hampshire so far, and who's polling at just 3 percent in the state. But Huntsman was undaunted Thursday morning as he addressed a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at St. Anselm College.

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Thu September 1, 2011

Human Brain Responds To Animals, Cute Or Creepy

The brain "seems to be specialized in alerting us to things that are emotionally important to us — either positive or because they're scary," a scientist says.

Animals have a special place in the human heart. Now, researchers are reporting that creatures great and small also have a special place in our heads.

A team led by researchers at Caltech has found individual brain cells that respond when a person sees an animal, but not when that person sees another person, a place, or an object.

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Thu September 1, 2011

EKU Opens Before Big 12 Sellout

#16 T.J. Pryor Position: Quarterback Height: 6-2 Weight: 181 Class: Redshirt Freshman Hometown: Louisville, Ky. High School: Ballard
EKU Athletics

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels head west to take on a different breed of Wildcat Saturday.  Eastern goes up against Big-12 foe Kansas State Saturday night. Kansas State was eight and six last year, beating the likes of UCLA and Texas.  EKU finished last season with four straight wins. So, Colonel coach Dean Hood says a ‘huge upset’ is always ‘in play’.

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Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Panel Finds Israel's Naval Blockade Legal, But Flotilla Raid 'Excessive'

A United Nations panel has found that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is legal. But the panel also stated that a May 2010 armed raid on a flotilla, which was carrying activists trying to break the blockade, was "excessive and unreasonable." Eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent died in the raid.

The New York Times obtained an early copy of the report, which is expected to be released tomorrow.

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Thu September 1, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Can Proceed With Sandhill Crane Hunt

Kentucky has received approval from the federal government to again allow the hunting of Sandhill cranes. That means the state can go forward with its plan to hold the first authorized hunt of the large migratory birds in about 100 years. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the approval this week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency means officials could open a 30-day hunt as early as Dec. 17.

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Thu September 1, 2011

Lexington Kids Win New Playground

Kids attending newly built Wellington Elementary will soon be enjoying a new, state-of-the-art playground, courtesy of the Pepsi Refresh Project, which accepts grant ideas online and then awards up to 50-thousand dollars to those receiving the most votes.

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Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Sign of Times...Burger Shake Prices Jump to 99 cents

Burger Shake, a longtime Lexington restaurant, has increased the price of its hamburgers to 99 cents. Photographed on Aug. 30 in Lexington.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

When calculating inflation, economists look at the cost of products in thousands of locations across the United States. In Lexington, though, the easiest way to see how prices are going might be to look at the famous Burger Shake sign on East New Circle Road. As prices of everything from corn to clothing have soared this summer, the iconic local fast-food sign saw a change, too: The cost of a burger went from 84 cents to 99 cents this summer. "All of our costs started going up like crazy," co-founder Joe Isaac said. "We couldn't hold the line anymore.

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Thu September 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

It's September and Sizzling...Again

The mercury climbed to the mid-90s and higher today across the western two-thirds of Kentucky. The National Weather Service says we will be stuck with heat and high humidity through Sunday when a cold front will deliver scattered thunderstorms. The storms will drop temperatures down into the 80s.

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Thu September 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Crime Grants Buy Tasers, Breathalizers

FRANKFORT – The state announced Thursday the award of 65 federal and state grants totaling more than $3.5 million to police departments, sheriff’s departments and other criminal justice agencies across Kentucky. The grant money will help police officers and criminal justice professionals protect citizens against drunken driving, drugs and other crimes. All grant awards run July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

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