2:42pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Education

Can Tyra Banks Get Kids To School? Seattle Says Yes

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 7:53 pm

Last month, Tyra Banks and the national Get Schooled Foundation visited 400 students in the Bronx in New York City. Banks is one of several celebrities who record messages encouraging kids to go to school. And Seattle is one of the latest cities to try it out — Mayor Mike McGinn's office is spending nearly $50,000 to coordinate and implement the effort.
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Kids aren't usually eager to wake up and get to school in the morning. They might be, though, if their favorite musician or professional athlete called to coax them out of bed — or if a shiny new bike were on the line.

At least, that's what adults in Seattle think. So the city has a new plan to improve school attendance.

Isaac Bennett, 16, lives a few houses down from his high school in north Seattle. Yet the junior didn't make it there very often last year.

"I had like 167 absences for sophomore year, which wasn't good," he says with a laugh.

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2:15pm

Wed November 9, 2011
The Two-Way

'Epic' Storm Damages Buildings In Alaska

A historic storm hit Alaska's west coast overnight. The Anchorage Daily News called it "epic." Here's how one meteorologist described the storm's scale to the paper:

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2:08pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Monkey See

Eddie Murphy Will Not Host the Oscars

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 3:42 pm

Eddie Murphy, seen here in October 2011, will not host the 2012 Oscars after all.
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Following the exit of producer Brett Ratner from the upcoming Oscars telecast yesterday, Eddie Murphy — whose new film Tower Heist is also Ratner's latest directorial effort — has stepped aside as host of the 2012 show, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

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1:49pm

Wed November 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

Next Up: Ben Chandler and Andy Barr

US House of Representatives

When Democrats last night celebrated their victory in Frankfort, the master-of-ceremonies was US Representative Ben Chandler.  With Chandler facing a rematch next year with GOP challenger and Tea Party favorite Andy Barr, the Congressman’s appearance before the party faithful was no accident.  Political scientist Joe Gershtenson says Chandler should take no comfort in yesterday’s Democratic successes.

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1:41pm

Wed November 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Improvements for Hiking/Biking Trail in State Park

Work has begun on a new mountain bike and hiking trailhead at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The Friends of Pennyrile group received a matching grant for this and other projects at the park and forest. This new trailhead will have trail information and several parking spots and provide access to approximately eight miles of trails for either cycling or hiking activities. Much of the area has been used by cyclists and hikers for years, but recent damage from multiple fronts caused many problems.

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1:37pm

Wed November 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Counterfeit Money in Eastern Kentucky

Some fake bucks are being found in Jackson lately, and it has nothing to do with deer season.  These kind of bucks have to do with counterfeit money being passed out lately, in the form of $20, $50 and $100 bills. The Jackson Police Department wants you to beware of it - and should you see one, or be on the receiving end of one, by all means give them a call at 606-666-2424.

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1:35pm

Wed November 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Co-Author Of Accused Penn State Coach's Book Calls News 'Disheartening'

The fact that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's 2001 biography was called Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story, is generating some pretty pointed commentary on Amazon.com this week.

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1:34pm

Wed November 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hopkins Woman Raises Alzheimer's Awareness

When Stephanie Hunt Gamblin’s father, Tommy Hunt, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2004 at the age of 62, Gamblin struggled to come to terms with what was happening to her family. Through a gamut of emotions — hope, anger, fear, confusion — she reached out to the Alzheimer’s Association for answers.

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1:26pm

Wed November 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Breathitt Volunteer Fire Dept. Sees Dream Come True

The new home of the Rousseau Volunteer Fire Department stands high off Route 30, with its bright red metal exterior shining proudly over the peaceful countryside. And inside that building last Tuesday, the RVFD held a meeting in its new headquarters.

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1:23pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

KY Public Service Commission Approves New Energy Plan

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved an expansion of residential and commercial energy conservation and efficiency programs for Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. In an order issued Wednesday, the PSC authorized KU and LG&E to continue 10 existing programs for residential or commercial customers and to initiate three new programs for residential customers. One of the new programs will provide incentives for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.

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