10:23am

Wed October 12, 2011
The Two-Way

'Underwear Bomber' Pleads Guilty

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is this hour pleading guilty to attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound passenger jet on Christmas Day 2009.

The Detroit Free Press, which is live-blogging the court action, reports that attorney Anthony Chambers surprised the courtroom earlier by announcing that "his client plans to plead guilty." And it adds that:

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10:20am

Wed October 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

Ethics Panel Hammers State Rep. Keith Hall

State Rep. W. Keith Hall was fined and reprimanded by a legislative ethics panel Tuesday after he admitted the panel had evidence sufficient to convict him of violating state ethics laws. The ethics probe centered around work a company owned by Hall did on a sewer line extension project in 2005. Hall voted to approve the state budget which contained coal severance tax funding earmarked for water and sewer projects. A portion of that money found its way to Hall’s company via its work installing electrical boxes as part of the sewer extension.

10:16am

Wed October 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

FEMA's Low Funding Puts Hold on Fleming Projects

In September, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency encouraged Americans to "be prepared," the agency itself came under scrutiny for running low on funds. Approved projects began to get notices the same month. A projected deficit placed restrictions on FEMA funding and has jeopardized timely repairs to Goddard Road in Fleming County, county officials said.

10:11am

Wed October 12, 2011
Education

Seat Belt Safety Emphasized for Middle School Students

The information Steven Bowen, program director for the Office of Highway Safety, shared with Mason County Middle School students about car accidents and seat belt safety was invaluable. However, his message was really driven home when he switched on a machine that simulated a roll-over accident with four dummies inside, two adult-sized dummies and two-child sized dummies. Those wearing seat belts stayed in the vehicle while the two unrestrained dummies were ejected - a scenario that made quite an impact with some students.

10:10am

Wed October 12, 2011
It's All Politics

Debate Does Nothing To Derail Romney's 'Kudzu Campaign'

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 4:23 pm

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney maintained his frontrunner status in the GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Tuesday.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Mitt Romney continued his dogged, incremental pursuit of the White House, dominating the GOP presidential debate on the economy Tuesday night. The man once touted as his most formidable opponent was barely a factor.

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10:09am

Wed October 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Israel, Hamas Prisoner-Swap Deal: The Ripple Effects

What does the deal reached by Israel and Hamas to exchange long-held Sgt. Gilad Schalit for about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners mean for the seemingly never-ending Mideast peace process and politics in the region?

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10:06am

Wed October 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hopkins Factory to Receive Tax Incentive

Gov. Steve Beshear plans to announce a $3 million tax incentive today that will enable Carhartt to upgrade equipment and add jobs to its distribution center in Hanson. Carhartt has hired 225 workers in the past two years, increasing the company’s total number of workers in Hanson up to 675.

10:02am

Wed October 12, 2011
Statehouse News

Soldier Tried for Murder Four Times Moves to Military Court

The Fort Campbell soldier, unsuccessfully tried four times in civilian court on murder charges, will appear in military court Friday for an investigation into the same charges. Sgt. Brent Burke is scheduled to appear for an Article 32 hearing Friday morning on murder charges filed by the Army. The hearing is similar to a grand jury proceeding.

9:58am

Wed October 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bridge Inspection Focuses on Outdated Steel

Jeff Sams, a Kentucky Cabinet of Transportation bridge inspector, checks structural steel near a gussett plate atop the Carroll Cropper Bridge between Indiana and Boone County. The bridge is undergoing a "fracture critical inspection."
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

n inspection is under way this week on the I-275 Carroll C. Cropper Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana to determine whether the span has any structural problems caused by outdated steel. At issue is a type of 1960s-era steel known as T-1 steel. The material was linked to a crack discovered in a load-bearing beam of Louisville's I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge, which closed on Sept. 9. As a result, the Federal Highway Administration urged states to do special inspections of all bridges that contain T-1 steel components.

9:55am

Wed October 12, 2011
Science/Health

'Fake Marijuana' Skirts Laws

Jennifer Allen (left) and her mother, Patricia Allen, with a photo of Jennifer's son, Chris Allen, 19, who is in a mental hospital. They blame his mental health problems on his use of a product sold under names such as "Dead Man Walking," which he smoked.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Some convenience stores, head shops, liquor stores and gas stations across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati are selling what officials describe as "synthetic marijuana." If the mother and grandmother of 19-year-old Chris Allen can change that, they will. The young man they raised in Florence and Independence went on a two-day binge three weeks ago that led him into a Kentucky state psychiatric hospital with delusions and paranoia. The two are on a mission of informing parents how dangerous and deadly the stuff can be.

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