2:32pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Bankers To World's Super-Rich See Rise In 'Catastrophe Portfolios'

Private bankers who serve some of the world's richest families are seeing clients pile money into "catastrophe portfolios" and real estate, seeking defensive positions that might help them weather a far-reaching economic storm that has roiled financial markets worldwide.

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2:05pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Remembrances

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Shuttlesworth led Birmingham's battle against segregation — a battle that focused the national spotlight on the violent resistance to equal rights in the South and forced change. He was 89.

As Birmingham goes, so goes the nation. That belief was the driving force behind Shuttlesworth's crusade for equality.

"He was the soul and heart of the Birmingham movement," Georgia Congressman John Lewis said. It was Birmingham, he said, that brought the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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1:35pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Statehouse News

Organized Crime Charge Won't Fly in Frankfort Case

A Frankfort man no longer faces a charge of organized crime after the prosecution and defense agreed there is not enough criminal evidence for the case. Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks and public defender Kristin Gonzalez agreed during a pretrial conference the case lacked evidence to charge Henry Earl Penn Jr. with organized crime. Instead, Penn, 42, faces two counts of trafficking in Percocet and cocaine.

1:31pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Daily Copper and Wire Thefts in Grant Co.

If you’ve got copper and scrap metal that you want to keep, police are advising you to lock it up or it may disappear. Local police agencies have been inundated with complaints about missing wire and metal from construction sites, houses in foreclosure, churches and businesses. “We are taking complaints nearly every day of stolen copper and scrap from people’s property,” said Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.

1:24pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Louisville's Boys and Girls Clubs Unsure of Merger

Michael Hawley
Louisville Public Media

Louisville’s four Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs will close this month and it remains uncertain if and when a merger with Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs will happen.  It’s hopeful that clubs will reopen by year’s end, said Michael Hawley (pictured), the Salvation Army’s Louisville area commander.

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1:17pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Parking Garage Close Until Further Notice

A thirty-year old parking garage in downtown Lexington is closed until further notice while engineers determine its safety. The city-owned Phoenix parking garage on East Vine Street closed for a brief time in May after a large concrete panel fell from the structure.

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1:00pm

Wed October 5, 2011
All Politics are Local

Conway Releases First Television Ads

In the race for attorney general of Kentucky, Democratic incumbent Jack Conway released his first television ads Wednesday, highlighting cyber crime and fiscal responsibility.  The first 30-second spot entitled “Predators” features Conway speaking directly to voters about the cyber crimes unit in his office. It says the attorney general’s office has worked to take over 300,000 pornographic images of children off the Internet and launched nearly 200 new investigations.

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12:56pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Power Chief: Rates Going Up, EPA to Blame

Greg Pauley’s message to Kentucky Power customers these days is simple — your electric bill is likely going up and the Environmental Protection Agency is to blame. The COO and president of Kentucky Power, Pauley delivered the message to a crowd at Pikeville's Landmark Inn on Monday, as a part of a series of visits throughout the company’s service area to explain to customers the challenges the company is facing.

12:56pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Civil Rights Legend Rev. Shuttlesworth Dies; Defied Jim Crow Laws

In this file photo from 2007, Sen. Barack Obama pushes civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth during a commemoration of the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala. Shuttlesworth died Wednesday, at age 89.

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Civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has died, according to reports. He was 89. In the 1950s, Shuttleworth's activism resulted in beatings and attempts on his life in Birmingham, where he established the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in 1956.

The Birmingham News has put up a slideshow of the civil rights leader, along with some highlights of his life-long struggle against racism and discrimination:

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12:54pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Is Russell County Going Hog Wild?

Last month, Charles Emerson ran across some uninvited guests on his property in Russell Springs while feeding his horses. Several wild hogs came up out of the woods toward him and Emerson, armed with a pistol he sometimes carries, gunned down the two feral swine, about 250 pounds and 200 pounds respectively. Chad Soard, a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in Frankfort, said the fact that free-ranging wild pigs exist was bad for Kentucky.

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