11:31am

Wed October 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

I-69 to Enter Western Kentucky

A milestone in the state's years-long effort to get Interstate 69 into western Kentucky will take place Tuesday when Gov. Steve Beshear will unveil the Interstate 69 shield signs for 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24. The state recently secured federal authority to erect the I-69 shields along the WK Parkway from Nortonville (south of Madisonville) to Eddyville and a few miles of I-24 in the lakes area near Eddyville.

11:29am

Wed October 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Jailers Plan to Campaign Across State

Henderson Fiscal Court heard the opening salvo Tuesday of a campaign jailers plan to use to sway the General Assembly next year. In a nutshell, Kentucky jailers maintain that House Bill 463 -- a recently enacted major overhaul of the criminal justice system -- is going to have a negative impact on the jails across the state. The way around that problem, they say, is allowing the state's current contracts to expire next year with Corrections Corporation of America, which has prisons in Marion and Floyd counties. The inmates in the Marion Adjustment Center and the Otter Creek Correctional Center would then be transferred to county jails.

11:27am

Wed October 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Parents Hope School Bullies Change Ways

Darryl and Carol Denham and their son, Daniel, 21,gather in the bedroom of their son, Sam, who they say committed suicide because of bullying at school. Sam's parents want to use his death to educate kids about the dangers of bullying.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Last Friday evening, Carol and Darryl Denham could not comprehend why their 13-year-old son, Sam, took his own life earlier that day. On Saturday, about 150 people held a vigil on the Denham's front lawn. "That's when we got our answer to the question 'Why?'" Carol said. The Denhams say Sam, an eighth grade student at Woodland Middle School, was bullied to the point where he could not take it anymore. They said several students told them that at the vigil, and even named the bullies.

11:20am

Wed October 19, 2011
Education

Lexington Students Learn Importance of Wood

The weather was not the best to be outdoors last Thursday, but to the students who came to the University of Kentucky Wood Utilization Center in Quicksand for their annual “Win With Wood” day, none of that mattered at all.

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11:18am

Wed October 19, 2011
Asia

At 105, Chinese Linguist Now A Government Critic

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 11:59 pm

Zhou Youguang, founder of the Pinyin system of romanizing the Chinese language, has published 10 books since turning 100, some reflecting his critical views of the Chinese government. Shown here in his book-lined study, the outspoken Zhou has witnessed a century of change in China.

Louisa Lim NPR

Zhou Youguang should be a Chinese hero after making what some call the world's most important linguistic innovation: He invented Pinyin, a system of romanizing Chinese characters using the Western alphabet.

But instead, this 105-year-old has become a thorn in the government's side. Zhou has published an amazing 10 books since he turned 100, some of which have been banned in China. These, along with outspoken views on the Communist Party and the need for democracy in China, have made him a "sensitive person" — a euphemism for a political dissident.

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11:17am

Wed October 19, 2011
All Politics are Local

Pleading to Air Gubernatorial Commericials

A political group whose TV commercials were banned when a Franklin circuit judge issued a restraining order has now asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear the case.  The group, Restoring America, was airing TV spots critical of Gov. Steve Beshear and urging people to vote for his GOP opponent, state Sen. David Williams. But Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Restoring America was violating Kentucky campaign finance law by not revealing the names of its monetary contributors.

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11:17am

Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

The 'Informal Economy' Driving World Business

Robert Neuwirth is an investigative journalist. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday and The Nation.

Courtesy of the author

More than half of all employed people worldwide work off the books. And that number is expected to climb over the next decade.

"Estimates are that the informal economy around the world is [worth] about $10 trillion a year," says journalist Robert Neuwirth. "That's an astounding figure because what it means, basically, is that if the informal economy was combined in one country, it would be the second-largest economy on Earth, rivaling the United States economy."

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11:14am

Wed October 19, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Fort Knox Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Oct. 14 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox.

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11:12am

Wed October 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Eastern KY Doctor Indicted for Medicaid Fraud

An anesthesiologist from Louisa, who is also the former owner of two Eastern Kentucky pain clinics, is among five persons indicted by a Lawrence County Grand Jury. Attorney General Jack Conway said Dr. Lee Adam Balaklaw, 56, was indicted on 20 counts of Medicaid fraud following an investigation into his billing practices at Anesthesia Associates of Louisa.

11:10am

Wed October 19, 2011
Education

Education Officials Name 2012 Teachers of the Year

Educators from the Corbin Independent, Jefferson County and Boone County public school districts are Kentucky's teachers of the year for 2012. The winners were announced Tuesday in Frankfort by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc., which co-sponsor the awards.

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