2:30pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

A Camera's Not The Only Thing Tourists Bring On Visits To Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is seen through fog prior to the start of the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty ceremony on Liberty Island in Sept. 2011.

Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Quick: What's the first thing you'd grab for a day trip to Liberty Island to get an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty?

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2:22pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Salt

Farm Subsidies Birds And Fish Would Choose

This wetland in Iowa was created with money from conservation subsidy programs.

Lynn Betts USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service

With the 2012 farm bill coming up fast, we're taking a closer look at what it is and how it shapes food policy and land use in an occasional series. This is part three.

Capitol Hill is a scrum of lobbyists fighting over a shrinking budget these days, and farm subsidies are under attack as never before. Some of those subsidies appear likely to die.

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1:48pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Middle East

Israel-Palestinian Prisoner Swap Stirs Strong Debate

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Faizeh al-Maslamani (left) with her sister and a portrait of her husband, Ali, due to be released with more than 470 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday. Ali spent most of the past three decades in an Israeli jail. Faizeh says he has 10 grandchildren he's never seen. She hopes he'll accept "a life sentence in the house."

Peter Kenyon NPR

By a strong majority, Israelis support the decision to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier. Still, it has provoked a painful debate, one that played out Monday, as it has several times before when Israel made similar lopsided trades in the past.

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1:45pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Head Of Walmart In China Resigns Amid Controversy

Walmart announced today that its chief executive in China was resigning for personal reasons. Ed Chan's resignation, however, comes about a week after China arrested Walmart employees and forced the retail giant to close 13 stores over allegations it was selling regular pork but labeling it as organic.

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1:34pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bids Due for Sherman Minton Bridge Repair

Bids for the repairs to the Sherman Minton Bridge will be turned in tomorrow.  The Indiana Department of Transportation is managing the bid process. INDOT has pre-qualified six contractors who could install new steel on the span.

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1:32pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Parks Offer Military Discounts Starting November

Current and former members of the nation’s military services can take advantage of discount rates with the Kentucky State Parks “USA Military Pass” program from Nov. 1 of this year through March 31, 2012.  The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.

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1:30pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bowling Green Retailers Optimistic About Holidays

It’s the busiest time of year for retail workers. They’re stocking shelves, creating Black Friday plans and, at Target in Bowling Green, managers are hiring 65 additional employees to get the store through the Christmas rush. While local retailers remain optimistic as the holidays approach, experts warn that a lack of confidence in the economy could create a poor sales season.

1:27pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Statehouse News

Former Lex. Group Home Owner Indicted

Attorney General Jack Conway Monday announced the arraignment in Fayette Circuit Court of a former provider in the Kentucky Medicaid Supports for Community Living (SCL) program following an investigation by the Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.

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1:23pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hybrid Vehicle Production to Begin at Harrodsburg Plant

Community leaders and officials from Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. announced Monday the company has selected its Mercer County plant as the site of its North American lithium-ion battery packs production.

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1:08pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Arab League Tells Syria To Reach A Cease-fire Deal Within 15 Days

On Sunday, the Arab League called a meeting to discuss whether to suspend Syria from the organization. When the meeting wrapped, reports the AP, the league — made up of 22 nations — made no mention of a suspension but asked the government of Bashar Assad to talk with his opposition and come to a cease-fire agreement within 15 days.

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