3:39pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Could Gingrich Be Next GOP Challenger To Surge?

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 9:36 pm

Newt Gingrich is introduced before the start of a Republican presidential debate earlier this month in Las Vegas.The former House speaker is hoping for a surge after a highly anticipated Iowa caucus poll is released this weekend.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination.

He's been polling a distant fourth in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as in pivotal, winner-take-all Florida — all contests that will play out in January.

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3:38pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Overhaul of Kentucky Medicaid Program

An overhaul of the state's Medicaid program is set to go live on Nov. 1, state officials said this week. Earlier this year, the state entered into contracts with three managed care companies and continued a contract with Passport Health Plan to serve more than 560,000 people on the state-federal health plan for the poor, aged and disabled. The move, expected to save $375 million over the next three years, was initiated to keep costs down in the more than $6 billion program.

3:35pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Security Law Requires Reliance on 'Almighty God'

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has the right to publicly declare "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth," the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday. State law requires the Office of Homeland Security to publicize God's benevolent protective powers in its official reports and on a plaque posted outside the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. State Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister, placed the "Almighty God" language into a 2006 homeland security bill without much notice at the time.

3:18pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Environment

Want To Improve Your Lawn? Don't Bag Those Leaves

The National Audubon Society considers fall leaves to be "natural vitamins" to use in yards.

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Every year, about 8 million tons of fallen leaves end up in landfills.

That's according to Melissa Hopkins of the National Audubon Society, who offers alternatives to raking up leaves and throwing them away.

"A lot of people think that when leaves fall, you need to really quickly scoop them up and get rid of them," she tells NPR's Melissa Block as they take a look Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., covered in a blanket of leaves. "We think about leaves as vitamins. They are free vitamins that naturally occur in your yard."

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3:17pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Two Miners Found Dead in Ohio County

The bodies of two men killed in an accident on an Ohio County surface mine have been recovered. Rescue teams reached the bodies of 47-year-old Darrel Winstead of Madisonville and 33-year-old Samuel Lindsey of Mortons Gap around 1:15pm EDT.

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3:08pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Chicago Architect Off CentrePointe Project

Citizens view Jeanne Gang's designs for CentrePointe earlier this July.
Josh James Kentucky Public Radio

It's back to the drawing board for the developer looking to fill Lexington's vacant CentrePointe block. Dudley Webb has taken Chicago architect Jeanne Gang off the project. Back in July, many Lexingtonians hailed Jeanne Gang's futuristic designs for CentrePointe as a step forward for the city, with a few, like Robert Maras, calling it "the greatest thing, I think, that's ever happened to Lexington." 

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3:00pm

Fri October 28, 2011
NPR Story

Week In Politics: Executive Orders; Income Inequality

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.

3:00pm

Fri October 28, 2011
NPR Story

Some Economics Say GDP Paints A Limited Picture

When there's an oil spill or if a city is choked by air pollution, you won't find any of that in a country's most important economic indicator, the GDP. Economists call these actions negative externalities. And some say they should be included in the official assessment of a country's economy.

2:59pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Watchdogs Take Back Claim About $16 Muffins

Federal watchdogs now concede they made a mistake when they criticized the Justice Department for paying $16 each for muffins at a conference. But they also say Justice still needs to be careful about how it spends taxpayer money.

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2:54pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Youth Radio

Injured Vet Becomes Symbol For Occupy Oakland

A photograph of Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen is seen Thursday at a vigil. Olsen was severely injured during a standoff between police and protesters in Oakland, Calif., two days earlier. He remains hospitalized.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The bloodied face of a 24-year-old Iraq veteran has become a symbol for protesters in Oakland, Calif., drawing attention to the level of force used by police and sparking criticism of the mayor's handling of the Occupy movement.

Scott Olsen came to Occupy Oakland after work Tuesday night to support the protesters. Witnesses say that when clashes broke out, he was struck in the head by a projectile fired by police — either a rubber bullet or a tear gas canister. He was hospitalized with a fractured skull.

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