4:11pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Lawmaker Wants Diplomas for Disabled Students

 Legislation pre-filed for the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly would allow more special needs students to earn a high school diploma. As the parent of a daughter with a mild mental disability, Sen. Dennis Parrett (D-Elizabethtown) understands the challenges special education students face. At the beginning of the school year, an individual education program is written for each student, which identifies their unique needs and instructional goals. 

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3:53pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Trial Of American Alleged To Have Supported Al-Qaida Getting Started

Tarek Mahenna.

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Opening statements are set to begin Thursday in Boston at the trial of Tarek Mehanna, a 29-year-old American charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy and providing material support to al-Qaida, as well as planning to attend training camps abroad and making false statements to authorities. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

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3:38pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Obama In Line With Predecessors On Pace Of Regulation

Bloomberg dug through quite a bit of government data to answer a question that's been talked about quite a bit over the past few months: Has President Obama ushered in an era of costly business regulation? Republicans have made the claim regularly. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, said, "President Obama has vastly expanded the regulatory reach of government."

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3:36pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

College Prep Grants Bring Students to Berea

Both the Jackson Independent Schools and the Breathitt County Schools will be getting grant money through two separate partnership programs sponsored by Berea College. The two schools are among 19 districts in Eastern, Southeastern and Central Kentucky who will be getting the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR UP) grants from the U. S. Department of Education, totaling almost $10.7 million each year for the next seven years.

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3:35pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Salt

Insect Cuisine Is All The Buzz

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 4:46 pm

A customer holds up a spoon of deep-fried water bug in a restaurant in Thailand. Insects are a popular food in Thailand and many other countries around the world.

Sakchai Lalit ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kudos to the SF Weekly for their fascinating in-depth cover story last week on bug eating. The City by the Bay has become a "hotbed of insect cuisine," David Gordon, an entomophagist (bug eater) and author of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, tells the alternative weekly.

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3:34pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Looking For Lung Cancer With A Yearly X-Ray Doesn't Reduce Deaths

A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.

American Cancer Society Getty Images

The drive to test healthy people for common cancers rests on the idea that finding malignancies early can trigger life-saving treatment. But the evidence that some of the tests will actually reduce mortality is sometimes lacking or is less than clear cut for the people who'll get tested.

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3:17pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Urban League Prez To Chair KCTCS Regents

He calls it surreal, and a high honor. Long-time Lexington Urban League President P.G. Peeples, reacting to news that he has been elected Chair of the Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Peeples says he's looking forward to the opportunity.

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3:16pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Too Few Kentuckians Study Abroad

When it comes to sending students abroad, Kentucky lags behind neighboring states. But one group of international educators is working to change that. Kentucky colleges and universities sent just under 3000 students to study abroad during the 2008-2009 school year. Meanwhile, Ohio graduated students with international education experience at a rate five times that. 

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3:13pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Problems Continue to Surface at Harlan County Mine

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The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were Vision Coal’s Mine #2 in Letcher County, and two Harlan County mines: D&C Mining Corporation’s mine and Linsco Energy LLC’s Mine No. 1.

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3:10pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Congress Votes to Honor First Black Marines

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the the nation’s first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps, which includes six Louisville residents. The Montford Point Marines broke the color line in 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order desegregating the Marine Corps, which was the last branch of the military to do so. At the time, more than 19,000 black marines trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina between 1942 and 1949.

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