12:00pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Politics

GOP Twitter Debate: Dose Of Attention Deficit?

GOP presidential hopefuls use 140 characters or less to answer the question: "As president, how will you avoid continually raising the debt ceiling?"
Amy Ta NPR

During Thursday's first presidential debate on Twitter, six Republicans tweeted about jobs, the debt ceiling and the U.S. role in Libya. They criticized Obama and shared links to their videos and websites. Host Michel Martin discusses the debate's hits and misses with U.S. News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary and Engage D.C.'s Jordan Raynor.

11:00am

Thu July 21, 2011
National Security

ATF Whistleblower Case Triggers Retaliation Inquiry

The Justice Department's Inspector General has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

Watchdogs are examining whether anyone at the Justice Department improperly released internal correspondence to try to smear ATF agent John Dodson, who told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month that he repeatedly warned supervisors about what he called a reckless law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious."

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10:45am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

IG Probing Whether 'Fast And Furious' Whistle Blower Was Punished

Breaking news from NPR's Carrie Johnson:

"The Justice Department inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

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10:44am

Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

New Airport CEO to Boost Services

Newly named CEO Candace McGraw believes airlines will boost air service at the beleaguered airport. "We are poised for great things here at CVG," she said on Wednesday as the Kenton County Airport Board unanimously voted to appoint her to replace former c
The Kentucky Enquirer

Newly named Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport chief executive Candace McGraw believes airlines – those currently serving the region as well as those that might be lured here – will boost air service at the beleaguered airport. “We are poised for great things here at CVG,” she said on Wednesday as the Kenton County Airport Board unanimously voted to appoint her to replace former chief executive John Mok, who abruptly submitted his resignation this week.

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10:39am

Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Brutal Heat Settles Over KY

An excessive heat warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Kentucky through 9 p.m. EDT Saturday. The mercury will hover between the low- to mid-90s through the period. Combined with high humidity, heat index values will range from 110 to 115 degrees. The high heat indices will create dangerous conditions for those who work or play outdoors, those without air conditioning, those with chronic health conditions and for the elderly and outdoor pets.

10:36am

Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Ky. 11 Reopens After Mudslide

Rogers and other transportation workers began clearing Ky. 11 on Wednesday morning. The two-lane state highway was cleared by the afternoon. State officials will continue to monitor the stretch for debris.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

A north-south artery in Powell County that was closed by a mudslide reopened Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 10 in Jackson said. The slide brought mud and trees onto Ky. 11 after 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in about 90 minutes Tuesday night, said H.B. Elkins, spokesman for the Jackson office. While the road was closed, motorists going to Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade on Wednesday were asked to take a detour.

10:23am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: U.K. Probe Goes Beyond Murdoch's Newspapers

"British Phone-Hacking Probe Expands Beyond Murdoch Papers" is the headline on one of CNN's main stories right now.

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10:18am

Thu July 21, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Greek To You? Understanding The Crisis

Striking taxi drivers protest outside the transport ministry in Athens on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Hundreds of Greek taxi drivers took part in the protest against new licensing laws, as talks between the government and unionists collapsed.
Petros Giannakouris AP

Steven Hill is a political writer.

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10:17am

Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Funding Increases for LexArts

A more than $28,000 grant from the Kentucky Arts Council is the largest award LexArts has received from the state agency in a few years. The arts council recently announced its funding allotments to 100 non-profit groups across Kentucky.

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10:14am

Thu July 21, 2011
Science/Health

UK Finds Bedbugs

A lounge on the second floor of the UK Student Center was closed because of bedbugs. A UK public health graduate student found "a couple of bedbugs" Monday in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs. Another lounge was closed as a precautio
Brooke Didonato Lexington Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky has found bedbugs in part of the UK Student Center. Student center director John Herbst said a UK public health graduate student said Monday that he had found "a couple of bedbugs" in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs and loveseats. The area was closed, as was a nearby lounge. No bedbugs had been spotted in the nearby lounge, and UK officials said it was closed only as a precaution.

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