4:48pm

Mon July 11, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Claims Beshear Running Scared

Speaking at the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts in downtown Louisville Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams told reporters Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to “man up” and stop dodging him at joint appearances. The governor has passed on attending two other forums with his GOP challenger that are scheduled for later this week. Beshear’s staff told the Lexington Herald-Leader he is unable to attend a panel discussion Tuesday at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting due to prior commitments.

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4:11pm

Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

South Korea Institutes Lie-Detector Tests For Its Soccer Players

Hirofumi Moritasu of Sydney FC and Park Jong-Jin of Suwon Samsung Bluewings.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

South Korea announced today that in effort to curb match-fixing in their professional soccer league it was introducing major reforms: First, reports the BBC, any player suspected of cheating will be required to take a lie detector test. Second, they are raising the minimum wage from $11,350 to $22,700 in order to curb temptation. Third, they are creating a first-tier league and second-tier league. Teams that are found to be cheating will be relegated to the second-tier.

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3:58pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Spotlight" Festival a No-Go in 2011

Organizers of the Spotlight Lexington Festival have officially canceled this year's event citing a lack of corporate support. Spotlight Chair Kip Cornett says while the festival proved a very popular aspect of the World Equestrian Games last fall, continuing it this year proved cost-prohibitive.

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3:58pm

Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Federal Authorities To Collect More Data On Gun Buyers Along Border

The Obama White House has cleared the way for federal authorities to get more information on gun purchases along the southwest border.

Dealers who sell multiple semi-automatic weapons to the same person in a short period of time must report the sales to federal authorities.

The new rule will apply in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas — states where illegal gun running from the U.S. to Mexico is rampant — and comes as gun trafficking along the border gets scrutiny from Congress.

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3:56pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Bridges Lawsuit Draws Motion by State

FRANKFORT – To help ensure the Ohio River Bridges Project moves forward, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Monday filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit by River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation against the Federal Highway Administration. The two groups are seeking to stop the Bridges Project, in which new bridges to Indiana would be built in downtown Louisville and eastern Jefferson County, and the downtown Kennedy Interchange would be reconstructed.

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3:37pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Iraq

Dispute Over Key Jobs Stalls Iraq's Government

Iraqi demonstrators shout slogans during a weekly protest against corruption, unemployment and poor public services in the war-torn country at Baghdad's Tahrir Square on July 8. Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish member of Parliament, says it's the Iraqi people who are losing out as a political stalemate continues.
Ali al-Saadi AFP/Getty Images

Even though it's been nearly eight months since political rivals in Iraq came together to form a coalition government, key positions in that government have yet to be filled, and political infighting continues.

At issue is the fact that Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who's backed by the country's Shiites, and his main rival, Ayad Allawi, who's backed by the Sunnis, simply cannot agree on who should run the ministries of defense and interior.

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3:29pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Sports

The Colonel Wants Wade Back

The NBA lockout is in its second week, and players are not working. And one Kentucky-based company is looking to hire the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade. Amid the lockout, Dwayne Wade tweeted a question.  He asked if anyone was hiring.  It was probably a joke, but as it turns out, there is at least one company who would like to hire the shooting guard.

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3:27pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Statehouse News

State Warns Copper Thieves on Risks

FRANKFORT – The electrocution of a man who allegedly was attempting to steal copper wire from an electric substation highlights just how dangerous this illegal activity can be, the Kentucky Public Service Commission said Monday. A 22-year-old man was killed early Thursday at an electric substation in McCreary County. According to news reports, the man had taken copper from a Kentucky Utilities Co. substation and was attempting to do the same at a nearby East Kentucky Power Cooperative facility when he was killed.

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3:08pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Feds Unveil Rules For New Online Health Insurance Markets

Today the federal government released proposed rules that will govern how states set up and run new marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can shop for health insurance.

The so-called exchanges are a key element of the health care overhaul law. Sliding subsidies for private insurance on the exchanges will be available for residents who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level, about $43,560 this year.

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3:00pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Politics

Does The Deficit Impasse Look Insoluble?

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Well, joining us now to talk about what all of this means is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara.

MARA LIASSON: Hi, Robert.

SIEGEL: What's happening here? Is all this theater or did today's dueling news conferences actually serve some purpose?

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