4:44pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

38 Miles of Parkway Becomes I-69

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a milestone accomplishment for Kentucky transportation – federal approval of an agreement by which a 38-mile section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway will be designated Interstate 69 this fall. It is the first segment of what eventually will become an I-69 corridor from Henderson to Fulton, incorporating the Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway, Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and a portion of I-24 in addition to the Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway.

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4:41pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Labor Troubles Plague "Carmen"

A group of Louisville Orchestra musicians has offered to accompany the Kentucky Opera’s performance of Carmen next month, but opera officials say any negotiations would be improper. The opera typically performs with orchestra musicians, but performances are in question due to the ongoing labor dispute between orchestra management and players. There is no contract in place and orchestra concerts for the next two months have been canceled.

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4:34pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

UK Athletics Spanked over Reporter Ban

The University of Kentucky Athletic Department is again at odds with the school’s newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. A Kernel reporter called two walk-on basketball players to confirm they were joining the team. Afterward, he reportedly sought further comment, which UK officials say violates the school media guide. It says all requests for comments from players should go through the school’s public relations staff to prevent players from being bombarded by questions.

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4:29pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Troopers Join Labor Day Crackdown

Kentucky state police will be out in force Labor Day weekend as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign is part of a national push to keep drunk drivers off the road during one of the busier travel weekends of the year. Last year in Kentucky, a total of 4,762 collisions were caused by drivers under the influence - 167 were fatal. It's a grim number, but Lt. David Jude with the Kentucky State Police says there are some positive trends to report as well. 

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4:26pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

Opponents say Instant Racing a Felony

As a western Kentucky horse track prepares to implement instant racing Thursday, a conservative policy group is announcing its latest attempt to stop the effort. The Family Foundation says Kentucky Downs is violating the state's gambling law by moving forward with instant racing, which allows players to bet on previously run horse races using a video terminal that looks like a slot machine. 

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4:16pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Around the Nation

Phila. Police Enlist Private Cameras To Capture Crime

A camera is mounted on a building near Temple University in Philadelphia. Humberto Fernandini, with the company that owns the building, says the owners plan to register their cameras for the police department's new program.
Elizabeth Fiedler for NPR

The Philadelphia Police Department is building a new crime-fighting weapon: a map of privately owned security cameras across the city. Police are encouraging residents and businesses to register their own cameras through a program called SafeCam. It could be the early stages of Big Brother, but it's also a cost-effective way for police to have more eyes on the streets.

A large white camera stands out against the brick front of a row house near Temple University in Philadelphia. Humberto Fernandini works for the company that owns the building with the camera.

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4:08pm

Wed August 31, 2011
U.S.

Panel Finds Widespread Waste In Wartime Contracts

Waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $60 billion and the tally could grow, according to a government study released Wednesday.

In its final report to Congress, the nonpartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting said lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption resulted in losses of "at least $31 billion, and possibly as much as $60 billion" out of some $206 billion in total payments to contractors by the end of the current fiscal year.

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4:01pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Odds Of Drinking A Soda Are A Coin-Flip For Americans

How much soda is in your cart?
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Did you have a sugary soda today? How about a full-calorie sports drink?

Chance are pretty good that you consumed something sugary (or high fructose corn syrupy) in the last 24 hours, according to findings just out from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On any particular day, half the people in the U.S. drink a soda, fruit or sports drink, or similar calorie-rich beverage.

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4:00pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Record

Why Gibson Guitar Was Raided By The Justice Department

Federal Investigators look through the workshop at the Gibson Guitar factory during a raid on the facility in Memphis on August 24th.
Jim Weber The Commercial Appeal/ZUMAPRESS.com

Last week federal marshals raided the Gibson Guitar Corporation in Tennessee. It wasn't the first time. The government appears to be preparing to charge the famous builder of instruments with trafficking in illegally obtained wood. It's a rare collision of music and environmental regulation.

In the hottest part of an August Tennessee day last Thursday, Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz stood out in the full sun for 30 minutes and vented to the press about the events of the day before.

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3:30pm

Wed August 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Ron Paul: 'Philosophy Of Liberty And The Constitution' Has Been Vindicated

Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul at Iowa State University in Ames on Aug. 13, 2011.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Republican presidential candidate who's been ignored by many in the news media spent 20 minutes on the air with Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin this afternoon.

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