Thu September 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lexington Will Hire New Cops

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has obtained federal money to help pay for more police officers on the local force. "Lexington has received a three point nine million dollar federal grant that will pay the salaries and benefits of twenty-five new police officers for the next three years. This kind of support is really important in times like today."

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Thu September 29, 2011

It Took Only 5 Minutes? House Votes To Stay Funded

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 7:13 pm

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), pictured here on Tuesday, was one of a few House members present Thursday to vote to keep the government funded till next week. "Once you get to yes, things can move quickly," he says.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The House or Representatives met for exactly 5 minutes and 2 seconds Thursday and — in less time than you can eat lunch — passed a spending bill that will keep the government up and running.

That is, for a few days, anyway.

How It Happened

At 11 a.m., an officer of the sergeant at arms threw open the doors of the House of Representatives to carry in the 4-foot ceremonial mace with the golden eagle on top.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) was in the chair and called on the House chaplain to give the prayer.

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Thu September 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

OxyContin Lawsuit Returns to Kentucky

Attorney General Jack Conway is praising a U.S. District Court ruling this week that returns a 2007 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, to Pike Circuit Court. "OxyContin is one of the most powerful and addictive substances on the planet," Conway said in a press release. "Purdue Pharma's misrepresentations about the addictive nature of OxyContin helped fuel an epidemic of prescription pill abuse across Kentucky. I am pleased that this case is now back in Kentucky courts and moving forward after four years of delay at the hands of Purdue Pharma."


Thu September 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Authorities Charge 37 In Drug Sting At Boeing's Penn. Plant

The Justice Department announced that 36 Boeing employees and one non-employee were arrested in connection to a drug sting at the aerospace company's Ridley Park, Penn. plant.

Twenty-three of them were charged with illegal distribution of a prescription drug; while the rest were charged with buying the drugs. The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration placed an uncover agent at the plant, after Boeing complained that there was a problem.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Worries About Autism Link Still Hang Over Vaccines

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 1:44 pm

University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl last week in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Even before Rep. Michele Bachmann made waves by questioning the safety of vaccines against cervical cancer, there was plenty of resistance to routine immunization.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Working on a Budget Plan

Perhaps the most important policy statement made by a legislative body is the budget it passes.  And, members of Lexington’s Urban County Council appear eager to be more involved when a city budget is written.   It’s been a recurring idea at city hall.  When she campaigned for vice mayor, Linda Gorton promised more collaboration between the mayor’s office and the council when a city budget is written.

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Thu September 29, 2011

Law Doesn't Mark End Of Alabama Immigration Battle

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 5:37 am

Gov. Robert Bentley talks with reporters outside the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday. Bentley said he will work with the state attorney general to appeal the parts of the decision that struck down sections of the state's illegal immigrant law.
Dave Martin AP

Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation law on illegal immigration went into effect Thursday, a day after a federal judge upheld some of its key provisions, but the court battle over the issue appears far from over.

State law enforcement can now question and detain without bond people they suspect may be in the country illegally, and public schools are required to verify students' immigration status.

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Thu September 29, 2011
Rick Perry

Can Rick Perry Regain His Momentum?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference this month in Orlando, Fla. The next day, he finished a disappointing second in the Florida GOP straw poll.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Texas Gov. Rick Perry rocketed to the top of the field after he jumped in the race for the GOP nomination for president last month.

His early rise in the polls was based on what Republican voters thought they knew about him. But the debates gave Republicans a chance to see Perry in action — and the normally aggressive Texas governor has been forced into the uncomfortable position of defense.

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Thu September 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Commuter Ferry Might Shut Down

The commuter ferry transporting residents between Southern Indiana and Louisville will shut down soon if more riders don’t take advantage of the $1 rides. The 300 passenger steamboat will operate as a ferry for at least two more weeks, said Linda Harris, CEO of the Spirit of Jefferson. At that point, Harris will decide whether to continue the service. She expects to make her decision after the Sherman Minton Bridge is fully inspected, she said.

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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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