Wed October 5, 2011
It's All Politics

W. VA Democratic Guv's Narrow Win May Be Ominous Sign For Party

Democrats are surely relieved to have held onto the W. Virginia governorship, with Tuesday's special election victory by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin over Republican Bill Maloney.

But it was a narrow 50 percent to 47 percent win that could portend trouble when Tomblin once again stands for election in 14 months.

Democrats have dominated W. Virginia politics for decades, controlling local and state offices though in presidential elections President Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to win the state in 1996.

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Wed October 5, 2011
The Salt

Thin Moms And Dads Pass On 'Skinny Genes'

"Skinny genes": Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow can thank her mom, actress Blythe Danner, for her trimness? Parental weight strongly influences thinness in children, researchers say.

Gary Gershoff Getty Images

We inherit the darndest traits from our parents. My mom bequeathed to me that funny leg-shake she does when she's sitting. She also seems to have passed along a quick (but ... hmm ... endearing?) temper. And in the "thanks-for-that" column? Well, I'm on the skinny side. And so is she.

Our mother-daughter likeness isn't so unusual. Turns out, the "inter-generational transmission of thinness" is real. Thin parents appear to pass on "skinny genes."

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Wed October 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Tainted Cantaloupes Claim 18 Lives, Sicken 100

The warnings from public health officials that the deaths and illnesses from listeria-tainted cantaloupes could drag on for a while are proving true.

The death toll from cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms has hit 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report on the outbreak. A hundred people have been sickened in 20 states, with Colorado and New Mexico the hardest hit.

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Wed October 5, 2011

Affirmative-Action Case Could Be Campaign Issue

The Texas Longhorns band performs during a basketball game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on March 18. A challenge to the admissions policy at University of Texas, Austin, contends that the school does not need to consider race to achieve a diverse student body.

Ronald Martinez Getty Images

A Texas affirmative action case that has the potential to rewrite law on how or whether public colleges and universities may consider race and ethnicity as a factor in admissions could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, and soon.

Though the court, which opened its fall term this week, has not yet agreed to hear Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, constitutional experts on both sides of the issue say they believe the case will be scheduled for a hearing this year or next spring, just as the presidential election season heats up.

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Wed October 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Celebrate Life Day Brings Joy, Tears to Fredonia Prison

A tender moment is shared by David Scott, minister of music at Southside Baptist Church, and a son of one of the inmates at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex.
Chip Hutcheson The Times Leader

It was a joyous time Saturday morning when 98 children walked into Western Kentucky Correctional Complex at Fredonia for a unique opportunity to spend the day with their mothers. But for 24 inmates, it was an emotional nightmare. For those 24, for one reason or another, their children never showed up. But, says HR ministries director Harrell Riley, that letdown can be channeled into a positive.


Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Life's Still Hard For 'Reality Hits You Hard, Bro' Guy

Arizona Republic

In case you haven't seen this video yet, we'll wait while you watch. It's worth it.

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Wed October 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Civil War Project Goes Beyond the Battlefield

150 years on, vestiges of the Civil War in the Bluegrass continue to fascinate. Hoping to paint a more detailed picture of how the conflict shaped the state, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has launched a new program to link historic sites around the Commonwealth.

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Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Oak Grove Alcohol Ordinance to Help Developing City

The ordinance passed by the Oak Grove City Council on Sept. 20 allowing the sale or service of alcohol at convention centers, conference centers and sports arenas was praised as a means of revenue for the city and also forward-looking as the city grows and develops.


Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Fire Destroys Murray Popcorn Company's Headquarters

Crews battle a fire at Ellis Popcorn in Murray. Smoke rises above the building early Tuesday morning.
Greg Travis Murray Ledger & Times

An early-morning fire Tuesday reportedly damaged much of the Ellis Popcorn building in Murray. According to at least one offical, the building may be a total loss. The state fire marshal has been contacted, and an investigation will continue, it was reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined.


Wed October 5, 2011
Statehouse News

Guthrie Voters Expand Alcohol Sales

People in Guthrie will not have to leave the city, Todd County or state to buy alcohol in the near future, following the results of a special election Tuesday. Residents voted overwhelmingly to expand alcohol sales in the city, with 196 votes cast in favor of the change and 62 against.