2:33pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages Blocked

A federal judge has blocked a requirement that would have forced tobacco companies to include graphic images on cigarette packages next September. Advocacy groups have fought tobacco companies for several years to increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking. The blocked legislation requires cigarette packs to feature graphic images such as diseased lungs or dead bodies.

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2:29pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Coming Up: Herman Cain Interview

"I can categorically say I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain just told ABC News' Jonathan Karl on a live ABC/Yahoo webcast.

Responding to the latest accusation by a woman — Sharon Bialek of Chicago — who says he sexually harassed her in the late 1990s, Cain said the charge is "baseless, bogus and false" and that Bialek is lying.

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2:27pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Accepting Applications

State police are accepting applications for the position of commercial vehicle enforcement officer. Applicants must be 21, a U.S. citizen, in good health and have a valid driver’s license. They must also meet at least one of several education or work experience qualifications.

2:23pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Professor’s Political Email Violates Law

A Western Kentucky University agriculture professor sent an election eve email Monday afternoon that, according to a campus official, is in “clear violation” of state law. WKU agriculture professor Gordon Jones encouraged students and faculty members to vote for Republican agriculture commissioner candidate James Comer. When reached by a reporter Monday evening, Robbin Taylor, vice president for public affairs at WKU, said it was the first she’d heard of the email. After the contents of the email were described to Taylor, she said it was wrong. “That’s not an appropriate use of state property,” Taylor said. “That’s a clear violation. We know that.”

2:04pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'Superstar Conservative' Judge Writes Opinion Upholding Health Care Law

"An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog.

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2:03pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Kentuckians at War

"11-11-11, a Veterans Day Special" on 88.9 WEKU

War stories as told by 9 student-veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are broadcast Friday on 88.9 WEKU. “11-11-11, A Veterans Day Special” offers stories told by veterans who now attend Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.

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1:40pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Education

Does New Orleans Welcome Disabled Students?

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 7:56 pm

Noah Fisher, 10, and his full-time aide, Daniel Thomas, at Lafayette Academy, a charter school housed in a former district school building in New Orleans.
Larry Abramson NPR

New Orleans has become the center of an education revolution, where more than 70 percent of students attend a charter school.

The number of students taught in traditional district-run schools is shrinking fast. That's because parents in post-Hurricane Katrina can pick and choose from a smorgasbord of schools with different approaches and cultures.

By many measures, this educational marketplace has improved student achievement. But as this experiment moves ahead, it's led to questions about whether the district is truly open to the most challenging students.

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1:32pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Conservative Appeals Court Judge Writes Opinion Upholding Health Law

An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care.

That makes three appeals court decisions in favor of the law and one against, if you're keeping track.

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1:29pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

As Asteroid Approaches, Here's How To Watch It

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7 when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles from Earth.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

As we reported at the end of October, 2005 YU55, an asteroid bigger than an aircraft carrier, is set to have a very close rendezvous with planet Earth. It'll be closer than the moon and today at 6:28 p.m. ET, it will make its closest approach.

Don't worry. NASA is confident it will miss us. Here's a video NASA put together that explains the trajectory and shows an animation:

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1:03pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Another Cain Accuser Identified

Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old federal employee and registered Republican, has been identified as one of the two women who in the late 1990s settled claims of sexual harassment against 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, our colleague Liz Halloran reports on the It's All Politics blog and the NPR Newscast.

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