8:23am

Tue August 16, 2011
Education

BCTC Breaks Ground

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is expanding. Not only did the college begin construction on a new building today, it also broke ground on a new campus. The new four-story, 28-million dollar building is set to house eleven academic programs, including Computer Information Technology and will host about a thousand students upon completion. BCTC President Augusta Julian explained why the expansion has the potential to be transformative.

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8:19am

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Joins SMART 911 Program

Fayette and four other Kentucky Counties are now participating in a nationwide SMART 9-1-1 service. City police and fire officials provided details of the new data collection system on Monday.

Lexington E 9-1-1 director David Lucas says residents can register for free at a special website, and provide as much detailed information as they want. In the event of an emergency 9-1-1 call, dispatchers would then be able to relay that information to emergency personnel.

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8:14am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

What's The Hurry? App Recommends Scenic Routes

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 8:38 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The point of using GPS navigation is to find the quickest way between point A and B. Now a new phone app encourages travelers to slow down and enjoy the scenery. The free BMW app lets users upload routes offering the loveliest views plus eateries. One Arkansas route takes driver to the state's oldest continuously operated general store. Another alerts drives outside Denver to watch for bighorn sheep. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

8:07am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Fair's Butter Cow Unwitting Vegan Messenger

One highlight at the Iowa State Fair is the famous butter cow. But the 600 lbs. butter sculpture had an unlikely message on it this weekend: "Go Vegan." According to the Des Moines Register, animal rights activists have admitted they snuck past a guard and hung the sign on the cow.

7:55am

Tue August 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Suspect In Australian Bomb Hoax Arrested In Kentucky

The suspect was arrested halfway around the world, in Kentucky.
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"An Australian man was arrested in Oldham County [Ky.] on Monday in connection with a fake bomb that authorities said was placed around the neck of a teenager halfway around the world as part of an alleged extortion plot," the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

According to the newspaper:

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7:25am

Tue August 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Midwest Tour Continues; Rivals Focus On Iowa, N.H. And S.C.

Good morning.

President Obama continues his Midwest bus tour. Today's focus will be a "White House Rural Economic Forum" being held at Northeast Iowa Community Colllege in Peosta, Iowa.

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5:15am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad For Kids?

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 12:01 am

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As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.

In a new report out on Tuesday, they say research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.

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5:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Race To The Arctic

Russia Pushes To Claim Arctic As Its Own

Murmansk, Russia, is the largest city above the Arctic Circle. If Russia follows through with plans to explore for oil and natural gas offshore in the Arctic Ocean, the city and its port could see significant economic benefits.
David Greene NPR

Four years ago, Russian researchers made a bold, if unseen, move. From a submarine, deep beneath the icy waters of the North Pole, they planted a Russian flag on the ocean floor.

Russia has the world's longest Arctic border, which stretches more than 10,000 miles. And for Russia, that 2007 research mission was only the beginning of a major drive to claim ownership of vast portions of the Arctic, as well as the oil and gas deposits that are beneath.

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4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Middle East

Navy Aids In Syria's Crack Down On Protesters

In Syria, the navy is being used for the first time against the protest movement there. Gunships have been shelling the coastal city of Latakia, where more than 30 people have been killed over the last four days. Residents say they fear the crackdown could get worse.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Economy

Va. Truck Stop Owner Irked At Washington Politicians

Corey Berkstresser's father bought the Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid 80s. The family has worked hard to build up the business. But these days, gas prices are up and the effects of the bad economy are showing up everywhere. Even the tips the waitresses get are down. Everyone is blaming Washington for the mess.

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