10:45am

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckian who was Liberia's President

Russell managed to survive the trip to Liberia when he was about 15, but life didn't get much better for years there.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Alfred Francis Russell, a freed slave from Kentucky, became the 10th president of Liberia in 1883. He was a man who worked through very difficult circumstances to briefly lead a country in Africa that was formed as a means of giving some American blacks their first taste of self governance.

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10:42am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Corbin Home Focus of Repeated Searches

For the second time in a week, federal agents searched the home of a Corbin man arrested on methamphetamine, gun and explosives charges but police have been quiet about exactly what they are looking for. Officers with KSP, Two Rivers Drug Task Force, ATF, U.S. Forest Service and others spent hours Tuesday night at the Corbin residence. Neighbors said authorities took saws and other equipment into the home and were tearing up flooring looking for something. Officers at the scene would not reveal what they were searching for, but said a search warrant had been issued for the home.

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10:40am

Thu August 25, 2011
Business and the Economy

$12 Million Expansion at Augusta Plant

A fixture in Augusta for more than 50 years, Clopay Plastic Products Company is a large contributor to employment opportunities in the region. On Wednesday, Clopay officials met with Bracken County Fiscal Count in executive session to iron out details of a proposed $12 million expansion project, which includes tax concessions and property acquisition assistance on behalf of the county.

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10:39am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lesbian Couple Alleges Hate Crime in Harlan

A lesbian couple in Harlan County who believe they were attacked and beaten because of their sexual orientation want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the case. The Kentucky Equality Federation on Wednesday requested that the federal government pursue the case as a hate crime, according to a letter provided by Jordan Palmer, its president. The federation, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, made the request for Misty Turner and Brandy Standifer.

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10:04am

Thu August 25, 2011
Science/Health

"Apathy" Biggest Problem for Elderly

Kentucky state Sen. R. J. Palmer answers one of the questions posed to him and the other state legislatures participating Tuesday in a forum on aging at Rose Mary C. Brooks Place.
James Mann Winchester Sun

Of all the issues facing the elderly today, Kentucky Commissioner of Aging and Indpendent Living Deborah Anderson said apathy is the one that she fears the most. “It’s actually apathy that scares me to death,” Anderson said. The commissioner spoke in Winchester at a panel discussion about senior citizen issues.

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10:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
The Two-Way

In Gadhafi's Compound: A Condoleezza Rice Photo Album

Guns. Cars. Artwork. Statues.

And an album full of photos of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Odd as that may sound, what appears to be something of a keepsake about Rice — who Moammar Gadhafi once referred to as "my darling black African woman" and of whom he said, "I love her very much" — was found by opposition fighters as they searched and ransacked the Libyan leader's compound in Tripoli.

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9:40am

Thu August 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Warren Buffett Invests $5 Billion In Bank Of America; Stock Soars

Shares in Bank of America jumped nearly 25 percent in"premarket trading" this morning after it was reported that billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett is buying a $5 billion stake in the company, The Wall Street Journal's MarketBeat blog writes.

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9:36am

Thu August 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Whitley Fire Department Re-Formed

The 3-Point Volunteer Fire Department is no longer certified by the state to operate as a fire department, and efforts are underway by a group of 3-Point area residents to form a new volunteer fire department in that community. Until this happens, Williamsburg Fire and Rescue will be responding to most fire and emergency calls in the area. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said he received a letter from the state fire commission Friday notifying him that 3-Point was no longer recognized as a "qualified certified" fire department.

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9:02am

Thu August 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Madisonville Drug Unit Triples Arrests

Madisonville Police Department’s Vice and Narcotic Squad has confiscated almost $190,000 worth of drugs in the first six months of its existence, said Police Chief Wade Williams. “That’s drugs that would have made it to the streets of Madisonville,” he said. The amount of illegal substances are not the only thing taken off the street.

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9:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

James Vincent McMorrow: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR
  • Audio Only: James Vincent McMorrow's Tiny Desk Concert

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has one of the most arresting voices of any young singer you're likely to hear this year: He's got the heartbreaking falsetto of a Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the raspy soul of a Ray LaMontagne, in a way that sounds both fragile and grand.

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