10:26am

Fri October 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Ex-Administrator of Personal Care Home Sentenced

The former administrator of a Letcher County personal care home that was recently shut down by the state pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge that he took thousands of dollars from residents. James F. "Chum" Tackett, who also was a former mayor of Jenkins, agreed to a sentence of two years and two days in prison. He also agreed to repay $113,547 that he admitted taking from residents, according to court documents.

10:26am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

If You're So Inclined, Don A Black Turtleneck For 'Steve Jobs Day'

Here's the look, and the website.

stevejobsday2011.com

Most fans of the late co-founder of Apple probably already know, but just in case:

Some folks have declared this to be "Steve Jobs Day," and are encouraging others to "Sport your black turtleneck, jeans, tennis shoes, and glasses and snap a pic!" They're also making it easy to donate money to cancer research in Jobs' memory.

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10:25am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Salt

Scientists Seek A Break In Aquaculture's Fish-Eat-Fish Chain

Fish feed contains fishmeal and fish oil

Kristofor Husted NPR

Aquaculture, one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the U.S., combats the global dilemma of depleting wild fish populations. But a new report from the group Food & Water Watch says factory fish farms risk the health of other, stable species swimming in the sea. One of the biggest problems? The fish food.

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10:21am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Deadly Stretch of I-64 in Shelby Co. Gets Fixed

A highway construction project in Shelby County to correct a deadly stretch of Interstate 64 is nearing an end. The state determined that excessive water on the road surface was contributing to hydroplaning - which resulted in several wrecks, some fatal.

10:18am

Fri October 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ex-Office Manager Pleads Guilty

Bendrea Wilson, the former office manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in federal court in Lexington. Wilson, 33, pleaded guilty in May to a count of bank fraud for cashing more than $435,000 in checks on the organization's account.

10:13am

Fri October 14, 2011
Business and the Economy

Owensboro to Las Vegas Flights Begin

Getting from the self-proclaimed Barbecue Capital of the World to Sin City USA is about to get easier than ever as non-stop flights from Owensboro to Las Vegas begin today. Allegiant Air said it will offer the flights between Owensboro-Daviess Regional Airport and McCarran International Airport twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

10:11am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Armed Men Spark Bardstown Debate

Two men openly carrying semiautomatic handguns attended Tuesday's Bardstown City Council meeting. One of the men, Stephen McBride of Shelbyville, told city council members that Bardstown ordinances pertaining to gun control were illegal. That sparked a discussion about the legality to guns on city-owned property.

10:05am

Fri October 14, 2011
Education

Rocking Out on Interstate 64

An engineer at the University of Kentucky has dusted off an old idea two of his former colleagues had and turned it into a modern geological map going from Winchester to Ashland on Interstate 64. The map identifies natural or artificial rock formations on the side of the interstate at different points. It is part of a series aimed to give people a better historical context about the surroundings of their roadways and to make geology more accessible.

10:05am

Fri October 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Early Deadline For Medicare Enrollment This Year

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 10:29 am

Medicare beneficiaries who want to switch drug plans will have to make a decision earlier than usual this year.

iStockphoto.com

The holiday shopping season seems to start earlier every year. And this year, Medicare's open enrollment season also begins — and ends — earlier than ever.

The annual enrollment period for privately run Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug benefits starts Saturday, rather than in mid-November as in past years. The deadline for enrollment has also been pushed up — to Dec. 7 from Dec. 31. But the enrollment season is now a week longer, so it's not all bad news.

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9:47am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Syria Exceeds 3,000, UN Says

Saying that the government's uses of "excessive force to crush peaceful protests" has led to a "devastatingly remorseless toll of human lives," the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights reported today that more than 3,000 people have now died because of the violence in Syria in recent months.

And at least 187 of the fatalities were children, Commissioner Navi Pillay added.

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