10:22am

Tue July 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Production Down this Year

Toyota Motor Corp. announced Monday that its production dropped 23.3 percent worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Company officials say the March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely affected the parts supply, leading to production slowdowns. The supply issue remains a concern at some North American and Japanese plants. But in Georgetown, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky has been running at 100 percent production since June.

10:21am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Revisiting That Default Deadline: Could Extra Tax Revenue Buy A Little Time?

Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April.
Andrew Harrer Bloomberg via Getty Images

For weeks now, President Obama and the Treasury have fixated on an Aug. 2 deadline at which, they say, the United States will not be able to meet its financial obligations and would default for the first time in history.

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10:19am

Tue July 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

A Somber Return for a Soldier

Members of the Patriot Guard salute as the casket is taken from the aircraft Monday.
Terry Prather Ledger Independent

With members of his family and community standing near, the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers was lowered from a chartered jet to the waiting grasp of an honor guard from the U.S. Army, Forward Support Company, 19th Engineering Battalion, at Bluegrass Airport on Monday. Summers, 27, died in Afghanistan, July 14, after a small arms attack by enemy troops on July 13.

10:11am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

Murray Schools to be Tobacco-Free

Murray Independent Schools will be completely tobacco-free following a decision by board members at during a special-called session. The new policy bans all tobacco use on school grounds beginning Jan. 1.

10:09am

Tue July 26, 2011
Sports

Georgetown Relieved for Bengals' Return

The NFL lockout officially ended Monday, which means the Cincinnati Bengals are returning to Georgetown for their pre-season training camp. "I'm sure the city in general has just breathed a sigh of relief," Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney said. "If they didn't come, it would have been a huge hit for the college. Not only the revenue, but the recognition of having Georgetown's name on the national spotlight."

10:05am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

EKU and Somerset Rank as Top Workplaces

Eastern Kentucky University and Somerset Community College have made the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of great places to work in academia. The list was compiled by anonymous surveys of workers at 310 institutions and included evaluations of features including leadership, careers and compensation. The Chronicle survey identified 111 colleges and universities across the country as superior workplaces. While EKU and Somerset were the only Kentucky schools to make that list, Hazard Community College, Murray State University and Transylvania University were recognized in individual categories.

9:55am

Tue July 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bad Economy May Be Leading To Less Surgery

HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday.

And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times.

When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 percent in the U.S. in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Inpatient surgeries took a bigger hit than outpatient cases, but both were down.

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9:18am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

As Country Mourns, Norway Names Victims

Two women carry roses tagged with the slogan "OsLove" as they joined as many as 150,000 people gathered for a flower vigil in Oslo.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

About 150,000 people filled the streets of Oslo, yesterday, to pay their respects to the victims of the bombing and shooting rampage.

Thousands of Norwegians held up flowers near the Nobel Peace Museum and vowed not retaliation, but to make their democracy stronger.

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8:57am

Tue July 26, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Rise Of The Radical Right

People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway on Monday, July 25, 2011. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted bombing Norway's capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Jamie Bartlett is head of the Violence and Extremism Programme at the London-based think tank Demos. Jonathan Birdwell is a researcher on the Violence and Extremism Programme at Demos. They are currently undertaking a major research project into the growth of far-right street-based movements across Europe, including the largest ever survey of far-right activists, which is due to be completed in October 2011.

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8:45am

Tue July 26, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Victims Of Addiction, Not Their Art

In this July 4, 2008 file photo, singer Amy Winehouse of England performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid. British police say singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Sacha Z. Scoblic is a contributing editor for The New Republic and author of the new book Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety.

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