9:27am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Prescription Drug Abuse & Sales in Scott Co.

Robbery reports and drug arrests were up and driving under the influence arrests were down in Scott County in 2010, according to a new Kentucky State Police report of statewide crime statistics, but officials at the Georgetown Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office said prescription drug sales and abuse is the biggest crime problem facing the county.

9:24am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Personal Income Grows in Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown has captured the top ranking in personal income percentage growth in 2010. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area earned the top spot with 10.1 percent growth for last year compared to 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s the greatest percent growth of the nation’s 366 metropolitan statistical areas.

9:21am

Wed August 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finding a Home for Farm Progress Museum

The board of directors for the Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center hopes to announce a new site for the museum of farm progress later this year. The land where the facility was to go will be subdivided for other purposes. Mercer County philanthropist Ralph G. Anderson intended to donate 50 acres of his Anderson Circle Farm north of Harrodsburg for the center. But when Anderson died last year at age 86, the formal transfer had not occurred, and his estate had other plans for the land.

9:19am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate

America's new poet laureate, Philip Levine, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Here, he's seen in a file photo at the San Joaquin River Center in Fresno, Calif.
Gary Kazanjian AP

America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Philip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life, often embroidering everyday events with a sense of myth.

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9:04am

Wed August 10, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Republicans Repel Democrats, Retain State Senate Control

Wisconsin state capitol, March 2011.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It was certainly closer than Wisconsin's Republicans would have preferred, but in the end they successfully repelled Democrats who sought to wrest away control of the state Senate and break GOP dominance over the Badger State's government.

Democrats fell one Senate seat short of the three they needed to take over that chamber in the state's largest recall election ever in which six seats were contested.

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8:50am

Wed August 10, 2011
Europe

Cameron Promises Order As British Rioting Continues

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:34 am

Police collect evidence at the scene where three people were killed after being struck by a vehicle in the Winson Green area on Aug. 10 in Birmingham, England. The three men were allegedly trying to protect local stores from looters.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Wednesday to do "whatever is necessary" to halt massive riots that have swept London and other major cities in recent days — the worst such violence to hit the country in decades.

A wave of arson and looting that started in parts of London on Saturday has spread to other cities, including Manchester and Birmingham.

Cameron, who has recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots, said police have drawn up contingency plans to "do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets.

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8:48am

Wed August 10, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: President Cheats On School Reform

The legality of President Obama's education waivers has come under question.
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Joy Pullmann is managing editor of School Reform News and an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute.

The president has decided to take a tack on the largest federal education law he certainly wishes were available in budget battles: bypassing Congress and legislating through administrative agencies by offering states waivers in exchange for education policies he favors.

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8:48am

Wed August 10, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Risky Approach On Education Reform

President Barack Obama walks with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the White House in Washington in May. Duncan wants school to meet a set of condition in order to take advantage of the president's education waivers.
Charles Dharapak AP

Simon van Zuylen-Wood is a reporter-researcher at The New Republic.

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8:48am

Wed August 10, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Downgrade Good As Gold, Literally

Since 1937, Colombia has been the largest producer of gold for the United States. Investors are turning to gold as the the economy struggles.
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Elizabeth Dickinson is a freelance journalist and former assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy.

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8:22am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hydropower Upgrade Pact Signed

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Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River.
Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.

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