5:40pm

Thu October 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Herman Cain Tells NPR's Scott Simon Surge In Polls Means He's Hiring

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 6:31 pm

Herman Cain.

NICHOLAS KAMM AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who has surged to the top of some national presidential preference polls, told NPR's Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, that his fundraising has increased 20-fold in the past few weeks, and he is hiring more, much-needed staff.

In fact, he told Scott in an interview Thursday that will air on NPR Saturday, that he just "brought on an entire team" of about 10 new people to help his campaign ramp up.

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5:36pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Economy

Silence Of Super(secret)committee May Be Progress

The debt reduction supercommittee had its first public meeting three weeks ago. The committee has been largely silent since then and this may be a sign of progress.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has been very quiet. Also known as the supercommittee, it was created by Congress this summer and is tasked with finding at least 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts over the coming decade. But, so far, its members are keeping their ideas for doing that on the down-low — and that may be a good sign.

It's been weeks since the committee had an open hearing. In fact, it's only had three meetings total — the first of which was to set up its rules.

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5:30pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Movie Reviews

Almodovar Gets Under The 'Skin,' But How Deeply?

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 3:54 pm

Vera (Elena Anaya) is both patient and obsession for plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), who is bent on creating a synthetic skin that can resist any kind of damage.

Sony Pictures Classics

At festivals and in interviews, Pedro Almodovar is such a furry cuddle bear that it's possible to forget what a perverse filmmaker he can be — that is, until you watch something like his nasty new gender-bent Frankenstein picture, The Skin I Live In. It's a self-conscious, madly ambitious work, rife with allusions to countless other films. But does it have a soul? I couldn't detect one amid all its borrowed tropes.

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5:30pm

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Says Top Haqqani Leader Was Killed In Drone Strike

The Associated Press along with other news organizations are reporting that a top leader of the Haqqani network has been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

The AP pins the news of Janbaz Zadran's death on a "senior American official," and MSNBC reports that "local intelligence officials" also confirmed the news.

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5:21pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Collective Bargaining Agreement Inked

Signing Ceremony for the Firefighter Collective Bargaining Agreement
Stu Johnson Weku

Lexington’s mayor and the president of the city’s firefighters union say their new contract won’t reduce serviced offered by the department.  The three year agreement was officially signed today by Mayor Jim Gray and union president Chris Bartley.  The agreement, overwhelming ratified by firefighters, saves four point seven million dollars over three years, but, Mayor Gray says Lexington’s firefighters won’t allow a reduction in services.

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4:54pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Sports

Calipari Talks Up Team During Annual Media Day

Kentucky Coach John Calipari took questions for three quarters of an hour Thursday as part of the annual UK Basketball media day. Calipari was asked about a variety of topics ranging from coaching philosophy, leadership amongst the players, and always having a young team; some of whom may only play one season for the Big Blue.

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4:50pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Book Fair Loaded with Stars from Yesteryear

FRANKFORT - Former basketball and football greats are featured in three books at the 30th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 12 at the Frankfort Convention Center. Kentucky All-Americans Louie Dampier, in basketball, and Babe Parilli, in football, are expected to be at this year’s KBF held at the Frankfort Convention Center, according to a press release.

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4:47pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Education

UK President Says Schools Must Modernize

The president of the University of Kentucky says the state’s economy and the proposed super-region between Louisville and Lexington relies in part on upgrades to public universities.The super-region would be based around manufacturing, most of it for the automotive industry. Capilouto says research at the universities will play a role, and that, in turn, will require more modern facilities.

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4:33pm

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Gulf States Call Arab League Meeting On 'Dire' Situation In Syria

The Gulf Cooperation Council called for a meeting of the Arab League on what it termed the "dire" situation in Syria. Reuters and Al Arabiya report the GCC issued a statement with the announcement.

Al Arabiya adds:

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4:01pm

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Link Between Iran's Quds Force And Bomb Plot 'Doesn't Seem To Fit'

As details emerge about the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., some experts say the plan is uncharacteristic of Iran's Quds Force, which is said to be behind the plans. So what is known about this elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards?

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