5:38pm

Mon July 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Talks Continue On KY Kingdom Reopening

Louisville Metro Government officials say they remain hopeful that the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park will re-open next spring.

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5:36pm

Mon July 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Opposes Both Debt Deals

Dismissing both plans as insufficient, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., quickly released a statement opposing the dueling debt ceiling deals being proposed by House Republicans and Senate Democrats on Monday.  The proposed deals being discussed today by House Republican and Senate Democrat Leaders do not make cuts to our debt. They do not solve our debt problems. They do not balance the budget, ever,” says Paul.

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5:21pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Chicken Pox Deaths Plummet With Help Of Vaccine

The one-dose chicken pox vaccine has helped to nearly eliminate the chance of dying from the disease.
Sergei Telegin iStockphoto.com

Ever since the chicken pox vaccine became routine for kids back in 1995, deaths from the virus, also known as varicella, have been dropping. A study in the journal Pediatrics out today tells us just how steep that drop has been.

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5:19pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Salvation Army Suffers Triple Cuts

Lexington Salvation Army Emergency Shelter
Stu Johnson WEKU News

One of Lexington’s best known social service agencies has suffered funding cuts from three different sources, totaling close to 120 thousand dollars. Tough to swallow’ news about funding cuts was delivered this summer to officials with the Salvation Army.  United Way cut its contribution by 73 thousand dollars, the city of Lexington cut another 20 thousand dollars, and the agency lost 25 thousand dollars in federal support.

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4:53pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Europe

Deaths Could Challenge Norway's Views On Justice

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:14 am

If the shooting and bombing rampage that killed dozens of people in Norway last week had happened in the United States, the man who confessed to the assault could be facing the death penalty. Instead, the maximum sentence Anders Behring Breivik faces — at least initially — is 21 years.

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3:57pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Asia

Pakistan Bids To Change The Minds Of Swat Radicals

Nearly 200 boys aged 12 to 17 are residents at Sabaoon, meaning "New Dawn." The Lahore-based NGO Hum Foundation runs the project with funding from UNICEF and support and security from the Pakistan army.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Pakistan's army is deploying alternative methods to deal with the menace of militants.

The same Pakistani army that crushed the Taliban extremists two years ago in the Swat Valley is trying to deradicalize some 200 young militants from that conflict. Doctors, teachers and psychologists are taking up the challenge.

Speaking in Swat, Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani told a first-of-its-kind conference on the subject, "There is no military solution to terrorism."

Access to the young men is extremely limited.

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3:55pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Asia

China's Professional Queuers Paid To Stand Around

Queuer Li Qicai waits in line at a Shanghai hospital to collect traditional Chinese medicine for a customer. He says he does a dozen hospital jobs a week.
Louisa Lim NPR

In China, waiting in line sometimes feels like a competitive sport. The overnight queue at the launch of Apple's iPad 2 pales in comparison to the epic waits for certain over-subscribed state-run services.

Earlier this month, people waited four days and three nights to register for low-income housing in the central city of Xian, while admission to a certain Beijing kindergarten in Changping last year required a week-long, round-the-clock queue, for which people set up camp beds along the pavement.

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3:42pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Pop Culture

To Close Comic-Con, One Spacecraft To Rule Them All

Football fans have the Super Bowl. Soccer fans have The World Cup. Sci-fi geeks have Starship Smackdown.

Everything you need to know about the event is in the name, says panelist Mark A. Altman, creator of the Cinemax show Femme Fatales: "'Starship Smackdown' says it all."

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3:19pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Recycling in the Park

New recycling-waste container at Waverly Park in Lexington
Stu Johnson Weku

New recycling containers now enhance the landscape of Lexington parks.  59 containers with one section for waste and another section for recyclables are being situated in parks.   Bill Clarke, who's with Parks and Recreation says the container handles various recyclables. “Primarily aluminum cans and plastic bottles, cardboard, paper.  We don’t like to get items that have been soiled or contaminated with food,” said Clarke.

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3:09pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Shark Bites No Match For Dolphins' Powers Of Healing

Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was essentially healed one month later.
Courtesy of Dr. Michael Zasloff

Dr. Michael Zasloff, a surgeon and researcher at Georgetown University, is famous for discovering compounds in the skin of frogs and sharks that can fight disease in humans.

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