1:03pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Identity Theft on the Rise, but Underreported

A device that can be used to steal radio-frequency tags from credit cards was shown with a fake card at a seminar Tuesday for Kentucky law enforcement professionals.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

Take out your credit or debit card: Does it display a WiFi icon, which looks like the volume signal on your sound system? A bit of text that says something like "PayWave"? Congratulations: You're now prime identity-theft bait. A scam artist armed with a pocket-size card reader can lift the card numbers from your wallet or purse without even touching you, thanks to the radio-frequency identification chip in your card. About 40 Kentucky law enforcement professionals spent Tuesday learning about such new frontiers in identity theft at a Lexington seminar sponsored by the FBI/Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and Lifelock, an identity-theft protection company.

12:49pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Book Reviews

A Quaint, Compelling 'Pilgrim' Tale In The New World

I'll admit, it's kind of hokey to be talking about a novel called The Pilgrim right before Thanksgiving. What's even more quaint is the fact that The Pilgrim is one of those straightforward works of historical fiction the likes of which we don't see so much anymore.

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12:48pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Head-On Collision Kills 18 Kindergarteners In China, Prompting Outcry

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 2:12 pm

Chinese police stand beside a damaged school bus after it collided with a red truck on a road in the Yulinzi township in northwest China's Gansu province.
AFP/Getty Images

A truck carrying coal slammed into a overcrowded bus this morning in the Northwest Chinese township of Yulinzi, killing 18 children and two adults. According to China's official news agency Xinhua, 44 other children were injured. Xinhua reports that "a van with nine seats was carrying 64 people."

Reuters reports that the accident has prompted anger toward the government:

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12:42pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Louisville Region Partners Public Transportation with Google

Google

The Louisville Metro region has joined the ranks of hundreds of other metropolitan areas that have partnered public transportation with Google. Passengers can now click a public transit option on Google Maps to find the closest scheduled Transit Authority of River City (TARC) route to their destination. Users will be given three departure times for this route.

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12:39pm

Wed November 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

Committee Prepares Second Beshear Inauguration

On December 13th, Governor Steve Beshear will become only the second governor in Kentucky history to be sworn into a second consecutive term. Governor Beshear has appointed eight committee co-chairs to oversee the state's 59th inaugural celebration.

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12:36pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Six Counties Undergo Post-Election Audit

Breathitt County will be one of six counties in Kentucky that will undergo a post-election audit, to see if anything illegal or irregular occurred during the Nov. 8 general election. That came about on Tuesday afternoon when Breathitt, along with Casey, Daviess, Garrard, Livingston and Todd counties, were picked at random during a drawing by state Attorney General Jack Conway in Frankfort.

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12:34pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Richmond Auto Parts Supplier Expands

State officials Wednesday announced GR Spring & Stamping, an automotive parts supplier, will expand its Richmond facility. The company will invest $1.7 million to increase square footage and will add 25 employees over the next few years.

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12:31pm

Wed November 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin's Governor: Recall Drive Is About Unions Seeking 'Power'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, March 7, 2011.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Many of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's citizens may be signing petitions for his recall in reaction to the battle he led earlier in the year to weaken his state's public-employee unions.

But Walker doesn't appear to be backing off one inch from his stance that he did what was right for his state.

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12:11pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Wellness Clinic Site Before Council

The Lexington Urban County Council is being asked for its approval to a location for a new employee wellness center.  The wellness project is part of a plan to cut the city’s health care costs.  The health facility is proposed for an existing building at the corner of Leestown and Trade Street.  Melissa Lueker, in the Chief Administrator’s Office, says the building is well suited to house the wellness center.

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12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Gov. Walker: Recall Effort Wastes Time, Resources

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is fighting back opponents who want him out of office. If organizers gather more than 500,000 signatures in 60 days, a new election will be held in 2012. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gov. Walker, who defends his record and criticizes the recall effort that began Tuesday.

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