12:01am

Mon October 17, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Housing Market Stuck Despite Low Prices, Rates

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 10:32 am

A bank-owned sign is seen in front of a foreclosed home in Miami. Florida was among the hardest hit states in the real estate collapse.

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Three years ago, the real estate market was simple — simply terrible, that is. In virtually every part of the country, foreclosures were shooting up and prices were plunging. Today, the real estate picture is more nuanced. Foreclosures are still rising, but prices are stabilizing in some markets, making home-buying look more attractive.

If you had talked to some good economists just before the housing bubble burst, they would have told you it didn't make sense to buy a house.

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5:18pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Health

Breast Cancer: When Awareness Simply Isn't Enough

Originally published on Sun October 16, 2011 8:01 pm

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers stretching as he wears pink for breast cancer awareness during their game at Bank of America Stadium in October.

Streeter Lecka Getty Images

It's October and one color dominates the landscape: pink, the color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer fundraising events dominate the month, from the massive Avon walks that take place in nine U.S. cities to the international Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure. Even the White House gets bathed in pink floodlights in recognition of the campaign.

But what if your breast cancer diagnosis doesn't make you want to wear pink socks, walk for the cure or be a "warrior in pink?"

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4:01pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Statehouse News

Rallying for Jobs, Justice

Mike Mansfield, head of the Capital City MoveOn.org group, speaks at the MoveOn rally Saturday afternoon on the Old Capitol lawn. Nearly 50 people attended the rally.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

Nearly 50 people gathered on the Old Capitol lawn Saturday to rally for job creation and against Washington, possibly rehearsing for future protests. Sponsored by the local chapter of MoveOn.org, a public policy group for “democracy in action,” the hour-long rally featured several speakers, including Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, who expressed their concerns with the government and the nation’s lackluster economy. Members of MoveOn.org organized the rally after being inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, which denounce economic inequality, particularly focusing on the 1 percent of people who control about a third of the nation’s wealth.

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3:56pm

Sun October 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Witnesses Testify at Soldier's Hearing

Despite defense counsel’s request to start a new Article 32 hearing in the murder case against Brent Burke, the investigating officer at Friday’s hearing in Fort Campbell decided to “reopen” the investigation and will consider testimony from July’s hearing. Burke is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, four years ago at Comer’s Rineyville home. After two mistrials and two hung juries in Hardin Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw filed a motion to dismiss charges without prejudice. Burke was released into Fort Campbell custody and two weeks later the Army began its own investigation into the case.

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3:51pm

Sun October 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Danville Becoming Magnet for Retirees

Recent retirees Pamela and Charles Blackburn stroll near their home in Danville's Rolling Hills subdivision.
Clay Jackson The Advocate-Messenger

Danville has never had a shortage of transplants from other places, but several online and print publications recently have taken notice of what the town offers those who want enjoy a full and active lifestyle. The most attention has come from an article in this month's edition of Money magazine, which named Danville one of the top five places to retire in its print edition and included it among a list of 25 retirement destinations in an online list. The town also will be featured in Where to Retire magazine in November.

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3:45pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Northern Kentucky has Record Payroll Revenue

Payroll-tax receipts of Northern Kentucky's three upper counties indicate the region's pay is recovering toward 2008 levels, even as many remain unemployed. Payroll tax receipts received from July through September hit an all-time high for a year's third quarter in Boone and Campbell counties. When combined with Kenton County's receipts the total payroll-tax revenues for the three counties also set a record, a Kentucky Enquirer analysis found.

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3:42pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Statehouse News

Paul, McConnell Tout Jobs Plan

After criticizing President Barack Obama’s jobs bill that was presented in September, Kentucky’s two U.S. senators were among a Republican group last week to introduce an alternative plan. Both Rand Paul of Bowling Green and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were on hand Thursday in Washington for the introduction of the “Jobs Through Growth Plan.” U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also helped introduce the plan.

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3:30pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Rupp Arena Faces Crossroads on 35th Birthday

Rodney Grey, with the Lexington Center, cleaned the sidewalk under a banner honoring former UK basketball coach Adolph Rupp outside Rupp Arena on West High Street near South Broadway in Lexington, Ky., Friday, October, 14, 2011. Rupp Arena opened in 1976.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

Thirty-five years ago this week, Rupp Arena opened with its first concert. Since then, the arena named for the legendary Kentucky basketball coach has hosted countless concerts, basketball games, circuses, ice shows and monster-truck rallies. It has undergone two extensive renovations and has been an economic bedrock for downtown Lexington. On the 35th anniversary of its opening concert, Rupp sits at a crossroads as community leaders again debate its future. The question: Can the iconic arena continue to evolve for another 35 years? Or has it become outdated, a relic that needs to be torn down and replaced by a modern complex packed with luxury amenities and electronic gadgetry?

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3:23pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Statehouse News

Ruling on Black Lung Statute to Come

Tom Springer argues that coal miners seeking compensation for black lung disease should be treated no differently than other workers who have the disease.  The Madisonville attorney has presented oral arguments before the Kentucky Supreme Court, which should decide within the next few months whether the Court of Appeals was correct in finding the current black lung statute unconstitutional.

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3:00pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Arts & Life

Three-Minute Fiction

The winner of round seven of the Three-Minute Fiction contest will be announced in a few weeks. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts introduces Darius Kroger by William Sirson from Laramie, Wyoming. More stories from the contest can be found at npr.org/threeminutefiction.

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