Fri September 23, 2011
Business and the Economy

Gas Station Drive-Offs Continue

Gas-and-go service has taken on a negative connotation as some gas customers, without an old fashion attendant to pump for them, simply fill up and leave the station without paying. Other than the occasional forgetful driver, who usually returns red-faced, within minutes, fuel stations across the region have been experiencing continued drive-off gas thefts that are costly and often unsolved, Maysville area station operators said. In Maysville, the former Shell station on Second Street is often a prime target for theft, police officials said.


Fri September 23, 2011
Business and the Economy

Census Data Shows Kentucky Economy Looking Bleak

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday painted a bleak picture of Kentucky's economic health. Household income is down. Poverty is up. Low-paying jobs are replacing higher-paying jobs. Use of food stamps and publicly funded health care is up. Median household income fell in Kentucky in 2010 from the previous year by $778 and the share of the state's households that earn annual incomes between $10,000 and $25,000 is increasing, according to the data.


Fri September 23, 2011
Business and the Economy

Declining Revenue Driving Post Office Closures

Technology has delivered a blow to postal delivery in recent years, resulting in a decrease in first class mail customers. That was the message delivered Thursday night to residents of Dover during a town hall meeting about the local post office being targeted for a feasibility study to determine if it will be closed. United States Postal Service District Discontinuance Coordinator Bob Redden cited declining numbers of first class mail moving through the USPS by businesses, reduced walk-in traffic, and declining revenues due to online bill payments, as reasons for the study to the crowd of approximately 50 people who filled the Dover Baptist Church.


Fri September 23, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Beshear Lobbied Less Coal Regulation During President's Visit

While asking for emergency funds to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told President Obama the state’s economy needs less federal regulation of the coal industry. The governor met with Mr. Obama before his speech in Cincinnati on Thursday, where the president rallied support for the $447 billion American Jobs Act.

Read more


Fri September 23, 2011
The Salt

American Goat Cheese: From Hippie Chick To Hip And Chic

Cypress Grove's goat cheese wedding cake
April Fulton NPR

I'll never forget the taste of a particular glass of milk offered to me at my friend's house when we were in the fourth grade: Sour grass. After I tried it, my friend's hippie mom proudly informed me it was goat's milk. Gross, I thought.

I had a pretty typical East Coast 1980s childhood diet of sugary cereals and processed dinners, and so my palate was completely unprepared for the funky flavor of goat.

But now, some 30 years later, I've often pulled goat cheese out of the fridge to bolster a quick dinner or to serve unexpected visitors.

Read more


Fri September 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Farmer Creates Maze to Honor Calipari

Coach Cal was in South America with the Dominican Republic team when he got a text message that a Central Kentucky farm was mapping his face into a 10-acre corn maze. “My first reaction was, ‘Is my nose really that big?’” Calipari recalls.


Fri September 23, 2011
Health Care

Bartering For Health Care: Yardwork For Treatment

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 9:02 am

True North Health Center in Falmouth, Maine, accepts "time dollars," in addition to real dollars. Patients perform services in the community, like raking leaves, to earn the currency, and they can spend it for care at True North.

Deb Barth is raking leaves for Lesley Jones. But Barth isn't earning money for her yardwork, at least not in physical currency. She's earning "time dollars" — for every two hours she spends doing odd jobs, she'll earn a free visit with her doctor.

Read more


Fri September 23, 2011

A Greek Default Would Spread Debt Contagion

European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but preferable to round-after-round of painful austerity measures and more uncertainty.


Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

No More Special Last Meals For Death Row Inmates In Texas

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 9:53 am

Lawrence Russell Brewer in 1999.
Pat Sullivan AP

The huge meal that white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered and then left untouched before his execution Wednesday has convinced Texas officials to end the state's traditional practice of giving death row inmates a "last meal" of their choice.

As the Houston Chronicle writes:

Read more


Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Those Muffins Did Not Cost $16 Each, Hilton Says

Kevin D. Weeks for NPR


That's what you might say about one much-reported part of the much-discussed report this week that the Justice Department bought some very expensive food for its conferences in recent years.

Hilton Worldwide says the muffins it provided for a 2009 Justice conference in Washington did not cost $16 each, as was reported by Justice's inspector general.

Read more