4:10pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

French Reauthorize Libya Bombing; Juppé Says Gadhafi Is Ready To Leave

French lawmakers voted 482-27 to reauthorize the bombing mission in Libya. The vote was required by the constitution and came after a three-hour debate in the lower house of parliament.

But perhaps the more interesting news to come out of France is that Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said France has been talking to "emissaries" of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The New York Times reports:

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3:57pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Education

Early Childhood Race to the Top

A newly formed Early Childhood Advisory Council will help Kentucky create policies, standards, and goals which should improve the education given pre school children.

26 people have been named to a state council charged with seeking ways to improve early childhood education.  They were named today (Tuesday) in an executive order issued by Kentucky's governor.  Former C-E-O of United Way of Kentucky Terry Sims Tolan will direct the brand new Early Childhood Advisory Council.  Tolan says consistency of care is the highest priority.

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3:54pm

Tue July 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

Ron Paul Retiring From Congress

Focusing solely on his third presidential bid, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election for a 13th term in the House of Representatives. Observers contend Paul, who is the father of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is an excellent fundraiser who would have easily retained his seat despite redistricting, but the 75-year-old congressman felt it was time to move on and put his energy into one last bid for the White House.

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3:51pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The New Normal

What The 'New Normal' Means For Americans

Experts estimate that in a 2 percent growth economy, the average household income would increase $17,000 less over a decade than it would in a world of 3 percent growth.
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The sluggish U.S. economy disappointed most forecasters, not to mention job seekers, in the first half of this year.

It grew at an annual rate of just under 2 percent, which is below the average for the last half century when the U.S. economy grew about 3 percent each year.

And although it may not seem like much, that 1 percentage point makes a big difference — influential analysts are saying we're in for a "new normal."

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3:50pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Truck Crash Releases 14 Million Angry Bees, And Honey, On Highway

The weekend did not end well for fire and police personnel near Island Park, Idaho, where 14 million bees went berserk after a semi wrecked on a highway Sunday afternoon. The truck was carrying more than 400 hives; crews didn't finished cleaning what was called a river of honey off the road until late Monday.

The bees swarmed in black clouds that kept the truck driver and rescue personnel in their vehicles until they could put on protective gear. In the end, it seems that many of the bees were killed after being sprayed by firefighting foam.

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3:35pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Libyan Rebels, Regime Put Attention On Gharyan

Reporters outnumber women who are showing their weapons expertise at a small pro-Gadhafi demonstration in the mountain city of Gharyan, a key target for rebels who are trying to advance toward Tripoli.
Corey Flintoff NPR

In Libya, rebels are eying the western mountain city of Gharyan as the next step in their advance toward the capital, Tripoli.

The Libyan government insists that the city is firmly on the side of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but NPR reporters who were recently taken there say the real extent of government support is unclear.

Regime Stages Pro-Gadhafi Display

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3:32pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Television

TV Continues To Cash In On Pawn Show Popularity

Pawn Shop sign
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What happens when you cross CBS's The Price is Right with PBS's Antiques Roadshow?

You get NBC's It's Worth What?, a game show in which contestants are asked to guess the value of objects found anywhere from your neighbor's attic to international museums.

It's Worth What? is the latest in more than a dozen shows that deal with antiques or junk — depending on how you spin it. It also represents the beginning of a cable craze crossing over to broadcast — and the trend isn't over yet.

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3:24pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Statehouse News

Tax Receipts Up, Bodes well for Employment

For the first time in three years, Kentucky’s general fund tax receipts have increased.  The fiscal year, which ended last month, saw a six point five percent increase...that's the highest growth rate since 2006.  State budget director Mary Lassiter says it’s a sign of economic recovery.

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2:58pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Education

Kentucky Resumes "Race to the Top"

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has taken steps to apply for federal education grants from the Race to the Top program. The commonwealth is eligible for a portion of the $500 million that will be made available later this year. Like the previous round of Race to the Top grants, states must put together lengthy applications for the money.

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2:45pm

Tue July 12, 2011
U.S.

Gay Victim's Trial Seeks Classmate's Murder Motive

The trial of a teen accused of killing a gay classmate, 15-year old Lawrence King, is underway in southern California and bringing national attention to the problem of gay bullying.

Prosecutors say the defendant murdered his classmate out of his hatred of homosexuals, but defense attorneys say their client snapped after being repeatedly harassed by the openly gay teen.

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