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.

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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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9:19am

Fri October 14, 2011

8:45am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose 1.1 Percent In September

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 8:53 am

Driven by gains at car dealers, U.S. retail sales rose 1.1 percent in September from August, the Census Bureau just reported.

It's the strongest one-month gain since February's 1.3 percent increase.

And sales were up 7.9 percent from September 2010, Census adds.

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8:38am

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Berlusconi Survives Confidence Vote

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 8:52 am

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi sat in the lower chamber during today's confidence vote.

Gregorio Borgia AP
Breaking news from The Associated Press:

"Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi survives confidence vote in Parliament."

The BBC says "Berlusconi won the vote by 316 to 301, the bare minimum he needed." That, it adds, "presages trouble ahead. ... If Mr Berlusconi has to get a vote of confidence on every issue, he will find it very difficult to govern."

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8:22am

Fri October 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

House to Vote on Coal Ash Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill tomorrow that will block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash. The bill has support among House Republicans, but environmental groups are lobbying against it.The bill is sponsored by West Virginia Representative David McKinley. It would let individual states regulate the disposal of coal ash, which is a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. Under the bill, the states would have to regulate the ash at least as stringently as they regulate municipal waste.

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8:15am

Fri October 14, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Exhibit Focuses on Civil War Divisions

An exhibit opening this weekend at the Frazier History Museum focuses on how the Civil War fractured many families and communities in Kentucky.

It’s called “My Brother, My Enemy.”Curator of Collections Kelly Williams Wilkerson says Kentucky’s position as a so-called “border state” during the war caused some deep political and personal rifts.

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