11:05am

Thu December 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Biomedical Research Using Chimps Should Be Curtailed

Updated 1:30 p.m.: The National Institutes of Health accepts the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report on chimpanzee research, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said in a statement. "We will not issue any new awards for research involving chimpanzees until processes for implementing the recommendations are in place," he said.

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11:00am

Thu December 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Politicians Take Note: 'Pragmatic' Was 2011's Word Of The Year

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 11:02 am

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama in July, during the negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling and reducing future federal deficits. Americans say they want pragmatic leaders who will worth together.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Americans put members of Congress at the very bottom of those they consider to be honest and ethical. They tell pollsters that they want politicians in Washington to "compromise in order to get things done."

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10:32am

Thu December 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Probe Finds Arizona Sheriff Violated Civil Rights

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has forced inmates to wear pink and live in tent cities, gaining him a reputation as America's toughest sheriff.
Joshua Lott Getty Images

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a national reputation for being tough on crime but now the Arizona law man is in the spotlight for a different reason.

On Thursday, the Department of Justice released the results of a three-year investigation in which authorities conclude that Arpaio and his deputies are the ones who've been breaking law.

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10:17am

Thu December 15, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions Questioned

An investigation by the McClatchy news organization casts some doubts on the official account of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s actions. Meyer, a Kentuckian, received the medal for actions in Afghanistan in 2009. The official account of the Marine’s story describes how he ran into enemy fire to retrieve his fallen colleagues and Afghan fighters. It tells of him leaping from his vehicle’s gun turret and killing at least eight insurgents.

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10:13am

Thu December 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Proposed Mercury Waiver for Ohio River

Tomorrow is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to waive some pollution requirements for mercury discharge into the Ohio River. PPG Industries is seeking a variance from new mercury limits which will go into effect in October 2013 for the Ohio River. The company says it won’t be discharging any more mercury from its plant in Natrium, West Virginia than it currently does. But the current limit doesn’t meet the new stricter standards scheduled by ORSANCO, the regional compact that regulates pollution in the Ohio River.

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10:10am

Thu December 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Jessamine Organizations Help Uninsured

Thousands of people in Jessamine County live without insurance and often don’t receive the medical care they need. This includes mothers, fathers, children and the elderly. But a couple organizations in Jessamine County are pooling their resources to combat the deficit of care these people experience. For the Jessamine County Health Department and the Refuge Medical Clinic, it’s all about teamwork and an effort to provide medical care for as many people in the county as possible. And it’s a daunting task with many federal and state funding sources getting cut and the number of those in need holding steady.

10:07am

Thu December 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Newspaper Asks for Release of Child Records

The Lexington Herald-Leader asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to turn over uncensored copies of documents regarding Kentucky children who have been killed or nearly killed because of abuse and neglect. In a motion filed in Franklin Circuit Court, the Herald-Leader asked Judge Phillip Shepherd to make the Cabinet for Health and Family Services produce unaltered copies of more than 80 internal reviews conducted by state social workers after deaths or near-deaths of children. The newspaper's motion came the same day The (Louisville) Courier-Journal filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court asking that the cabinet be held in contempt for redacting information from the case files. A hearing in the case is set for next Wednesday.

10:01am

Thu December 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Less Money for Emergency Utility Aid

A program that assists Kentucky households in jeopardy of having heating utilities shut off may get significantly less funding this winter. “We know that our crisis assistance funding, which starts in January, is going to be significantly less than last year,” said Florence Tandy, executive director of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, which administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP locally. This year’s funds are expected to last only two weeks, she said. The agency typically has enough to last three months.

9:57am

Thu December 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

CVG Airport has Highest Airfare

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Memphis International Airport tied for the highest U.S. domestic air fares during the second quarter of 2011.
Michael A. Keating/The Kentucky Enquirer

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport once again has the dubious distinction of being among the priciest airports in the nation for passenger air travel. CVG and Memphis International Airport tied for the highest U.S. domestic air fares during the second quarter of 2011, according to new federal data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

9:41am

Thu December 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Magnetic Pulses May Help Heal A Brain After Stroke

A stroke affecting the right side of the brain can lead a person to be visually unaware of what's happening on the left.
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A little brain stimulation seems to speed up recovery from a stroke.

This isn't the sort of brain stimulation you get from conversation. It's done using an electromagnetic coil placed against the scalp.

Researchers think the treatment encourages brain cells to form new connections, allowing the brain to rewire itself to compensate for damage caused by a stroke.

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