10:42am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Covington begins Fire Department 'Brownouts'

One of Covington's busiest fire engines stayed in its station Monday as the city decided not to staff the engine as a way to save money. The city has reduced the minimum number of firefighters on duty at any given time from 30 to 27. The staffing reduction is expected to save $600,000 a year, said City Manager Larry Klein.

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10:40am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Deputy Jailer Guilty of Contraband Charges

A former Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailer pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting of contraband Monday in Hardin District Court. Randall Lee Jackson, 24, was arrested in May following an investigation by the Hardin County Drug Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff. According to the arrest citation, Jackson admitted to exchanging tobacco products and marijuana for money and other favors.

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10:38am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Tornado Destroys Hopkins County Homes

White Plains resident Billy Petitt looks over his shattered belongings after strong winds from either a micro-burst or small tornado overturned his mobile home at Mount Carmel and Hardwick roads at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday while he was asleep.
Doreen Dennis The Messenger

Billy Petitt walked around with a blank, empty look on his face, trying to comprehend nature’s forces that wrapped his Hopkins County mobile home against a willow tree like a piece of chewing gum. As friends helped salvage his few remaining possessions Monday morning, the man from the White Plains community felt at a loss for words. He complained only of a sore back after being thrown from the trailer while asleep in bed Sunday night when an EF-2 tornado struck, packing winds that the National Weather Service says peaked at 120 mph.

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10:35am

Tue September 27, 2011
Business and the Economy

Maysville Factory Laying Off 30

Emerson Power Transmission Solutions in Maysville is laying off 30 employees. The company told the workers earlier this month, noting it's a continuation of plans announced in January to consolidate operations in the city.

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10:20am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Rappelling Work Begins At Washington Monument

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 4:03 pm

At 555 feet above Washington, the work begins.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There's live video now from CNN and Washington's NBC-4 as work begins to have engineers rappel down the sides of the Washington Monument to inspect for damage from the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook much of the eastern U.S.

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10:09am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Salt

Caffeinated Women May Be Fighting Depression With Every Cup

See that sparkle? It could be the caffeine
iStockphoto.com

For many of us, coffee is the first thought of the day. Just thinking about it gives us the buzz, the energy and the power to ask ourselves the next question, do I make it at home or shell out another $4 at the local Starbucks as I race to work?

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10:06am

Tue September 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Washington State Raises Bar For Parents To Skip Kids' Vaccinations

Saying no to vaccines is getting harder in Washington state.
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The vast majority of parents get their kids vaccinated, but a persistent minority decline to do so.

Their reasons vary: Some continue to worry about a link with autism even though research supporting a connection has been completely discredited. Others are concerned about side effects, or they say they don't believe that the diseases the vaccines prevent are really all that serious.

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10:00am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Turns Down Cook's Offer Of Free 'Last Meals'

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 5:42 pm

Last week the state of Texas said it would no longer let condemned prisoners order practically anything they want for their last meals before execution.

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9:54am

Tue September 27, 2011
Middle East

Israel Approves 1,100 New Homes In East Jerusalem

Israel's government has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem.

The move is sure to heighten tensions, which are already high following a Palestinian move last week to seek U.N. membership.

Israel's Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that it had given the final approval for the new homes to be built in Gilo, a sprawling Israeli enclave in southeast Jerusalem. It said construction could begin after a mandatory 60-day period for public comment.

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9:52am

Tue September 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

Outside GOP Group Runs Ads for Williams

An Ohio-based organization is planning to run ads in Kentucky supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, but it’s unclear who is funding the group. Restoring America registered with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Monday, but little else is known about the group other than its Ohioan supporters and a filing address listed at a UPS store in Lexington.

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