Thu September 29, 2011

Flu Season is Upon Us

The changing colors of leaves don’t just signal the onset of fall.  They’re mark the beginning of flu season in Kentucky.  State health officials are urging everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated this fall.  State epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says there is no reported case of flu yet in Kentucky.  That is likely to change in the coming weeks.  The H1-N1 flu pandemic a couple of years ago resulted in thousands of deaths worldwide.  Humbaugh says H1-N1 is expected back this year, but flu shots offer protection against the virus.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Around the Nation

L.A. County Prepares To Take On State Prisoners

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 6:15 pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's already cleared as many as 4,000 beds in the county for the new group of prisoners, and he plans to use more home detention and electronic-monitoring systems.
Damian Dovarganes AP

The state of California will begin shifting responsibility Saturday for tens of thousands of prisoners to local officials. The unprecedented change is under way because the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to reduce its dangerously overcrowded prisons.

County officials have had just months to plan for the influx of prisoners and parolees into their communities. Of all the prisoners and parolees leaving the state's system, the bulk are headed to Los Angeles County. Los Angeles is expecting to have to deal with 15,000 additional criminals.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Horse in Town

Laws governing livestock within city limits will undergo a review by Lexington officials.  The review is the result of reports that a horse has taken up residence in a Lexington neighborhood.  Council member Julian Beard says it’s just not an appropriate location for a large animal. “The excrement that is generated by some of these animals is huge.  I imagine the neighbors that are adjacent to, maybe even a little further than adjacent to, are getting a pretty good whiff of it,” said Beard.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Fort Knox Unit Prepares for Deployment

A Fort Knox logistics unit is training now in preparation for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. Although about 250 people will deploy as part of the 3rd ESC unit, its charges will actually number from 5,000 to 7,000 people, composed of military, government civilians and contractors. The unit will fuel and feed forces, transport supplies and repair equipment.


Thu September 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Marketing Firm Adds 135 Jobs

Lexington-based CMSText LLC, a mobile marketing company, announced Thursday it will expand its workforce from 19 to 154. It will be a $4.4 million expansion for the Lexington firm. Text message marketing is growing as an advertising tool for more and more businesses.


Thu September 29, 2011
Music Reviews

Mates Of State: Reaching Surprising New 'Mountaintops'

Mates of State's newest album is Mountaintops.
Glynis Selina Arban

Mates of State's members are literally mates: Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have been a duo since 1996, married since 2001, and parents on tour since 2004. Their basic concept is two strong voices, Gardner's slightly predominant, over her keyboards and Hammel's drums. Over the years, the band has expanded its instrumental range and brought in guests for sonic color. But nothing in the pair's catalog anticipated "Palomino," the opening track from the new Mountaintops.

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Thu September 29, 2011
NPR Story

Proposed Alaska Mine Faces Fierce Opposition

In Alaska's picturesque Bristol Bay region, developers are looking to build an enormous copper and gold mine. They promise the effort will be carried out in an environmentally responsible way — and provide area jobs. But fisherman, conservationists and native groups have joined efforts to thwart the mine, fearing it will pollute area fish and wildlife. Melissa Block talks about the battle for Bristol Bay with reporter Daysha Eaton of member station KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.


Thu September 29, 2011
The Two-Way

China Launches 'Heavenly Palace-1' Into Space; Takes Step Toward Station

With a nighttime liftoff from a launch pad on the edge of the Gobi Desert, China today put its unmanned Tiangong-1 ("Heavenly Palace-1") module into orbit and started a decade-long project aimed at constructing its own space station.

The module will "conduct surveys of Chinese farmland using special cameras, along with experiments involving growing crystals in zero gravity," The Associated Press says. Then, in coming years:

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Thu September 29, 2011
Middle East

In Saudi Arabia, Only Men Vote, And Not Often

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 8:16 pm

Saudi men wait to cast their votes in municipal elections in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday. Turnout appeared to be low. King Abdullah says that women will be allowed to vote in the next municipal elections, in 2015.
Hassan Ammar AP

In Saudi Arabia, where King Abdullah has the only vote that really counts, elections are still a novelty.

Municipal elections on Thursday marked just the third ballot in the kingdom's history. Only men could vote in polls to fill half the seats on some 300 municipal councils. The other half are appointed by the government.

Even before the polls closed, Saudi officials declared the election a success. But turnout appeared low at many voting stations, including in the capital, Riyadh.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Middle East

Americans Seek Answers As New Egypt Emerges

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr during a joint press conference in Washington on Wednesday. Amr sought to assure the U.S. that Egypt is moving toward democracy.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

As Egypt tries to figure out a path forward following its revolution, the country's foreign minister was in Washington this week attempting to reassure the Obama administration that all is going well.

For the Americans, the two big issues are the status of Egypt's elections and the state of Egypt's relations with Israel. There are unanswered questions on both fronts.

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