12:40pm

Fri July 29, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Debt Plan, Revived By Balanced Budget Inclusion, May Have Votes

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OH) (L) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) (R) pretend to twist the arms of Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH), July 29. 2011.
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How does Speaker John Boehner, on Friday, get to the 216 House votes he needs to pass the debt-ceiling bill he couldn't get the votes for on Thursday?

He agrees to add a balanced-budget amendment provision to his legislation.

That addition appears to be enough to swing some Republican lawmakers to his side who had previously been against his bill or undecided.

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12:32pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Minority Expo Going Strong

It's been nine years and the Minority Business Expo is still going strong. This year the showcase capped off with a keynote address by Hall of Fame Basketball great Oscar Robertson. Anthony Wright, chair of the expo, says, while the event is unique opportunity for minority business to introduce their products to government and corporate buyers, the intent is broader than that. 

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12:31pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Sports

Young Riders Strut Stuff

Many young horse riders are getting their first taste of the big time this week at Kentucky Horse Park. Trailers line the parking lots, colorful golf carts decked out in U.S., Canadian, and Mexican flags speed by, and spectators brave the summer heat for a glimpse at the young talent. It's early afternoon and 17-year-old Talia Hershaft just finished a solo ride in front of the judges. 

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12:29pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Cracking Down of Drug Related Crimes

The Clark County Fiscal Court approved first readings of three ordinances aimed at curbing drug-related thefts and outlining new guidelines for pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers, motor vehicle recyclers and other recyclers. Now, precious metal dealers would have to place a 10-day hold on items purchased before they could be resold, damaged or recycled, instead of the previously proposed five-day hold.

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12:27pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Education

Owensboro Students get Laptops

Starting in late August, all students in grades 5-12 in the Owensboro school system will get laptop computers. The school system purchased 2,200 of the Apple Macbook Air laptops. Each cost about $1,000, according to a published report in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.

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12:25pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Statehouse News

Troopers "Friend" Potential Recruits

Frankfort - Kentucky State Police is tapping into cyberspace through social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to entice new recruits to join the agency. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Friday that the agency launched its first of several recruiting videos via YouTube.

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12:23pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Statehouse News

Blasting Suspended at Two Kentucky Mines

FRANKFORT – Blasting at two Eastern Kentucky mines sent rocks through the air that damaged nearby property, including two homes, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which suspended the blasting until those responsible could explain how they intend to prevent it from happening again.

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12:17pm

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

To Appease Tea Party, Boehner Adds Balanced-Budget Amendment To Bill

As we reported earlier, President Obama dismissed House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) plan to raise the debt ceiling. In a news conference, he said the bill "has no chance of becoming law."

Now, multiple news outlets are reporting that Boehner, in an attempt to woo Tea Party Republican votes in the House, added a balanced-budget amendment provision to his budget plan.

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12:00pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Your Money

What Happens To Average Joes If U.S. Defaults?

Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax check the facts behind the debt debates. Geewax explains how poor people would be both harmed and helped by government spending cuts, and how Americans can safeguard their credit if a U.S. default happens.

12:00pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Economy

Cleaver: On Consequences Of Doomsday Debt Scenario

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Cleaver explains how a default would be catastrophic for the people he serves. He also comments on a recent Pew report that says the wealth gap between white households and black and Hispanic households is widening.

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