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.


Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Lexington Racetrack to Sell Land for Student Housing

Drivers at The Red Mile worked their horses on the backstretch, where an apartment complex already exists. The Red Mile plans to sell 10 acres including its Tattersalls sales pavilion to create more housing aimed toward university students.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington's Red Mile's Standardbred racetrack has a contract to sell 10 acres facing South Broadway, including the former Tattersalls sales pavilion, where a developer plans a major student housing project. Hallmark Campus Communities of Columbus, Ohio, proposes to build an 832-bed project with four four-story buildings, a swimming pool, a pool house with an exercise center, and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts.


Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Six Harlan Post Offices May Close

Lloyd Fleenor goes to the Lejunior Post Office every day to get his mail. He is opposed to the postal service's plans to close the office. Fleenor believes that the closing would have a negative impact on people in the community.
Anders Eld Harlan Daily Enterprise

In recent weeks, the United States Postal Service has posted proposals of possible closing at six post offices in Harlan County. At the offices in Big Laurel, Closplint, Cranks, Lejunior, Putney and Totz there are now three-page documents hanging in the lobby detailing the reasons for the proposed closing. Public meetings where representatives from the postal service were available to answer questions and provide information have been held at Putney and Totz. But more meetings will be held in the next few weeks.