12:57pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Latest Frontier In Reducing Childhood Mortality: Neonatal Deaths

Changes by country in neonatal mortality rates between 1990 and 2009.
PLoS Medicine

If you want to live a long life, it's critical to survive the first month after birth, when humans are especially vulnerable.

Neonatal mortality — death within the first 28 days of birth — is getting more public health attention, as countries around the world strive to meet a United Nations goal of dramatically reducing childhood mortality by 2015.

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12:35pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Business

AT&T's Bid For T-Mobile Blocked By Lawsuit

The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile. Officials say combining the country's second- and fourth-largest mobile phone carriers would be bad for competition. The $39 million deal has been under scrutiny from lawmakers and consumer groups. And the No. 3 carrier, Sprint Nextel, objects to the merger.

12:20pm

Wed August 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama's Address To Joint Session Would Be Same Time As GOP Debate

President Obama just told House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that he wants to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. ET, to lay out his latest jobs plan.

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12:09pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Asks To Address Congress Next Week To Lay Out Jobs Plan

President Obama wants to lay out his latest jobs plan before a joint session of Congress next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

In a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and just released to the news media, the president writes that:

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11:43am

Wed August 31, 2011
Economy

What's Left To Fix The Economy If It Gets Worse?

With the U.S. economy stuck in neutral, analysts are busy adjusting their forecasts to include the possibility of another recession. Most aren't predicting another downturn, they're just saying that the odds have increased.

Meanwhile, policymakers at the Federal Reserve are divided about what to do next. Some are arguing for more aggressive action while others think that would be a mistake, according to minutes from their last meeting released on Tuesday.

Both the Fed and Congress are running out of ideas that they haven't already tried.

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11:15am

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Justice Dept. Sues To Block AT&T's Acquisition Of T-Mobile

The Justice Department just confirmed that it has "filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc."

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10:55am

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

As Much As $60 Billion Of 'Waste And Fraud' In War-Related Contracts

"At least $31 billion, and possibly as much as $60 billion, has been lost to contract waste and fraud in America's contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan," the independent and bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan reported this morning.

That's out of the $206 billion that's expected to have been spent on contracts and grants in those two countries by the end of September, the commission says.

In its report, the commission adds that:

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10:50am

Wed August 31, 2011
Education

First Day on the Job for New Super

Thursday will be the first official day on the job for new Fayette County School Superintendent Tom Shelton.  The former Daviess County school administrator has spent the last few months settling into the Lexington community. The goal now is to get acquainted with teachers and students.

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10:48am

Wed August 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Kentucky Life' to Film in Elizabethtown

Kentucky Educational Television program ”Kentucky Life” plans to capture an intimate portrait of Elizabethtown in September. The show, in its 16th season, will shoot footage in Elizabethtown on Thursday and Sept. 8 as part of a series looking at main streets in Kentucky cities, said Tom Bickel, a producer and director with KET. Bickel said the program primarily will focus on the city’s downtown district and how U.S. 31W leads into the centralized part of the city.

10:45am

Wed August 31, 2011
Statehouse News

Settlement Ends Police Brutality Lawsuit

The Fort Campbell soldier who claimed Hopkinsville police brutalized him during a 2008 arrest, by needlessly shocking him twice with a Taser, received a $100,000 settlement from the city’s insurance company. The company, Kentucky League of Cities, made the decision to settle, said Hopkinsville City Attorney Doug Willen. The settlement did not require the city to admit wrongdoing on the part of the three officers involve

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