1:45pm

Thu July 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

McConnell Pushes Amendment

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered an ultimatum to congressional leaders and the American people when he stressed the far-fetched idea to pass a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution in order to address the nation’s growing debt. The White House has already rejected the Tea Party-backed idea as part of debt ceiling negotiations, but McConnell pitched it as the only way to ensure the federal government has fiscal order.

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1:39pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Carbon Capture Research Stops at AEP

For the past few years, American Electric Power has been working on a carbon capture and sequestration project at their Mountaineer Power Plant in New Haven, West Virginia. The plant used a chilled ammonia process to remove the carbon dioxide from the gas emitted from the plant, then the carbon was injected underground for storage in porous rock. Here’s a documentary I produced while at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which describes the technology at Mountaineer.

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1:34pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Statehouse News

KSP Ordered to Hand in Photos

An open records ruling from the attorney general’s office says Kentucky State Police must turn over photos from the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire even if they are in possession of a former employee. Attorney General Jack Conway‘s office said KSP, which refused to give copies of photos of the deadly 1977 fire in northern Kentucky to a survivor of the blaze, must comply. David Brock, 52 of Florence, who was an 18-year-old busboy at the supper club the night of the fire, made the request. Brock wants to see the photos because he says he believes they will show the fire was caused by arson.

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1:20pm

Thu July 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

Road Workers Face Budget Ax

Newly released jobs numbers show thousands of Kentucky’s construction workers may have to hang up their tool belts unless Congress can find more money for road construction. If the House passed budget becomes law, the Federal Highway Administration says nearly eight thousand construction workers in Kentucky would lose their jobs. Kentucky Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie says Democrats tried to create jobs with their $787-billion stimulus package and proved government spending cannot salvage an economy.

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1:19pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Colombia Accuses Tax Workers Of Stealing Millions

Colombian police have made arrests to break up what officials say is a circle of crooks who stole some $568 million from the directorate of taxes and customs, according to the AP.

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1:08pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: S&P Says U.S. Rating Could Be Downgraded If It Misses Any Payments

According to multiple media reports, an official from the rating agency Standard & Poor's told lawmakers and business officials that the agency could downgrade the United State's credit rating if the country misses any payments — including Social Security checks.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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12:23pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Restrictions On Abortion Multiply This Year

Guttmacher Institute

As predicted by those on both sides of the contentious abortion battle, states in the first half of this year have enacted a record 162 new laws or changes to existing laws that affect reproductive health, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.

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12:04pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Judge Declares Mistrial In Clemens Perjury Case

One day after the perjury trial of Roger Clemens began, it jerked to a halt Thursday, as the judge in the case declared a mistrial. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, had asked U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to declare a mistrial on the grounds that prosecutors had put evidence before the jury that he had expressly forbade them from introducing.

The AP describes the issue:

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12:02pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Law

Judge Declares Mistrial In Clemens Perjury Case

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens after the judge said prosecutors had ignored warnings not to show jurors inadmissible evidence.

Clemens' defense will now go to work on a motion to avoid a retrial.

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12:00pm

Thu July 14, 2011
World

Former Pakistani President Talks U.S.-Pakistan Relations

General Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, says the U.S.' suspension of $800 million of military aid to Pakistan hurts his country and its fight against terrorism. Host Michel Martin speaks with Musharraf about U.S.-Pakistani relations since May when U.S. forces captured and killed Osama Bin Laden.

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