Mon July 11, 2011
Business and the Economy

New Service Center Creates Over 200 Jobs

LEXINGTON - Community leaders and company officials from Allconnect Inc., a consumer services company, celebrated Monday the opening of the company’s new in-bound sales and customer care center in Lexington. The company announced its decision to locate the new facility in the Coldstream Research Campus earlier this year. The project represents a nearly $7 million investment and approximately 220 new jobs for the community.

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Mon July 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Woman Fights Place on Child Abuse Registry

A former Lexington foster mother is taking her fight to be taken off the state's registry of people who have abused or neglected children to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Joyce Givens was a foster mother until a 15-year-old girl in her care failed to take medicine to maintain a transplanted kidney in 2008, prompting social workers to place Givens on the child abuse and neglect registry. She was never charged with a crime, and the girl later testified that she lied to Givens and others about taking the medicine.

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Mon July 11, 2011

Obama Says No Short-Term Deal On Federal Debt

As talks resumed Monday after a weekend of no progress with congressional leaders, President Obama insisted that now is the time for a far-reaching deal on the federal debt. He warned that the U.S. will default on its debts if a deal is not struck soon, and said he will not sign a proposed short-term deal that would postpone the reckoning. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about Obama's news conference.


Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Women 'Haven't Won Anything,' Wambach Says; France Is Next

U.S. forward Abby Wambach heads in the equalizer past Brazil's defender Daiane and goalkeeper Andreia Sunday in Dresden.
Robert Michael AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. women's national team could be forgiven for soaking in the glory of their gut-wrenching win over Brazil in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals. The tight game electrified fans, driving many to parse the game's twists and turns, and it's dramatic final moments, on Twitter.

But Abby Wambach — whose head forcefully redirected a crossing pass from Megan Rapinoe in the 122nd minute to send the game to penalty kicks — says the U.S. team isn't satisfied.

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Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Urges Yemen's President To Begin A Transition

Over the weekend, President Obama's top counterterrorism official travelled to Saudi Arabia to talk to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is in the country recovering from injuries he sustained during a bomb attack at his presidential palace in Sanaa.

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Mon July 11, 2011

Jr. League Horse Show Celebrates 75 Years

Thousands of Saddle-bred Horse Enthusiasts are at the Red Mile in Lexington this week for the 75th Annual Junior League Horse Show. Alice Dearborn is serving as this year's event chairwoman: "We are the largest outdoor saddle-bred horse show in the world. What makes us so unique is that a group of women who don't really know a lot about horses put on this world class event."

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Mon July 11, 2011

The Nation: Wisconsin Gets Fitzwalkermandered

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley listens to testimony at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The State of Wisconsin and unionized public employees have been locked in a contentious rights battle for months.
John Hart AP

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

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Mon July 11, 2011

Debt Ceiling Talks Speak Of No Agreement

Sunday's meeting between President Obama and Republican and Democratic lawmakers did not produce a budget deal. As the August 2nd deadline looms, Obama said he'd hold meetings until both parties agree on a plan that would keep the U.S. from defaulting. Host Michel Martin discusses the deficit talks with The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Cynthia Tucker and U.S. News & World Report's Mary Kate Cary.


Mon July 11, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

High Tick Season Is Upon Us, So Keep Critters Off Of You

An adult deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, which is the kind that spreads Lyme disease in the Eastern U.S.
Scott Bauer USDA

It's tick season out there people, so be careful.

A friend's discovery of an unwanted hitchhiker while hiking led to a game of name-that-tick on Twitter over the weekend. The critter was dispatched with the help of a little suntan lotion to loosen its grip, and nobody except the tick seems the worse for wear.

But the incident served as a reminder, to me anyway, that you need to be ready if you're spending much time on the trail or even the backyard these days.

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Mon July 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Urban Bourbon Trail may add Distillery

An unused building on Main Street will soon be converted to a small distillery by a New York-based whiskey brand. Local officials hope it will attract additional tourism to the urban bourbon trail in Louisville. The New York-based Michter’s Distillery has been in existence for nearly three centuries and has decided to produce single barrel and small batch rye and bourbon whiskey in Louisville.

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