10:29am

Thu September 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bioethicists Offer Reward For Proof On HPV Vaccine Claim

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 12:57 pm

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann at the presidential debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express in Tampa, Fla., Monday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Even as Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann backs off some from an inflammatory claim that a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer led to mental retardation in a young girl, two bioethicists are turning up the heat.

Yes, the leading group of pediatricians in this country slammed Bachmann and said "there is absolutely no scientific validity" to statements that the vaccine against human papilloma virus is dangerous or causes retardation.

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10:10am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Humble Medal Of Honor Winner Felt 'Like A Failure'

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer sipped beers and talked. Meyer told CBS News he asked the president for advice on how to be successful. "He said, 'You know, first thing, get an education' and he said 'just take it slow and don't try to make any rash decisions,' " Meyer told CBS.
Pete Souza The White House

There are many remarkable things about what U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer did two years ago in Afghanistan.

NPR's Tom Bowman tells the story of the then-corporal's heroics. Along with Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, Meyer (now a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve) disobeyed orders and undertook a dangerous, six-hour battle to rescue stranded troops who had been ambushed by enemy fighters.

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9:27am

Thu September 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Lewis County Explores Adventure Tourism

With hunting and fishing opportunities, hills perfect for trail development for ATV's, horses, biking and hiking, Lewis County has the adventure -- now it needs the tourism. Tuesday evening, approximately 50 people attended the first ever Lewis County Tourism Summit. The purpose of the summit was to discuss opportunities in adventure tourism.

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9:26am

Thu September 15, 2011
Education

Bus Driver Accused of Assaulting 8-year-old

A bus driver for the Christian County Public Schools turned herself in Tuesday afternoon to Hopkinsville police after being accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a bus, according to a Hopkinsville police report. The driver was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

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9:24am

Thu September 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fire Trainees Get Look at Hot Cars

Georgetown News-Graphic

Although there were no explosions, the Scott County Fire Department did set four cars on fire Wednesday afternoon to show 225 fire investigator trainees the different types of vehicle fires and how the cars burn. 
Among the cars burned were a 2006 Audi A6, valued at $85,000, a 2009 and 2011 Dodge Charger, a 2008 Jeep Compass and a 2004 PT Cruiser. All cars were donated by the Chrysler Group, LLC and Volkswagen of America.

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9:18am

Thu September 15, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams: No Income Tax in Kentucky

Kentucky would have no state personal and corporate income taxes under an economic plan released Wednesday by state Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams. The Burkesville Republican faces Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the November 2011 election. Williams' plan would eliminate state income taxes and suspend many other taxes on businesses to spur job growth. Some sort of sales tax or other tax on consumption could replace the revenue, Williams said.

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9:14am

Thu September 15, 2011
Sports

Friends of Coal Sponsor UK-UofL Game

An offshoot of the Kentucky Coal Association will be the "signature sponsor" of the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game on Saturday. Friends of Coal has paid $85,000 to sponsor three athletic events this year, Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett said. However, coal has turned into a highly controversial issue at UK. In addition to protests from students and professors, author Wendell Berry pulled his papers from the UK library system.

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9:12am

Thu September 15, 2011
Education

Suit says Breathitt Schools Did Not Protect Student

A Breathitt County teacher continued to have sexual contact with a middle school girl after administrators failed to investigate claims about the alleged abuse, the girl's mother contends in a federal lawsuit. Administrators did not report the alleged abuse as required or take action to prevent or stop it, the lawsuit claims. In a related criminal case, several school officials have been charged with failing to report the alleged sexual contact to police and other authorities, a misdemeanor.

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9:09am

Thu September 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

E-Town Tops in Economic Growth

Hardin County has topped another list for financial growth, primarily because of Fort Knox's Base Realignment and Closure initiative. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area was first on a list of 366 statistical areas for percentage growth in gross domestic product, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That measures the market value of goods and services produced by a community. The 14.4 percent increase for 2010 represents a 13.5 percent jump compared to 2009’s increase. The top ranking comes a month after the bureau showed the area in the top spot for personal income growth.

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8:58am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Australian Man Wants Extradition

The Australian man accused of strapping a fake bomb around the neck of an 18 year-old woman is waiving the extradition process in hopes of getting back to his home country sooner. Paul Douglas Peters entered the courtroom in leg shackles and a thick black-and-white striped Oldham County jail jumpsuit. Kentucky District Court Judge Dave Whalin confirmed with Peters what he was giving up by waiving his rights to have a full extradition hearing, which was scheduled for Oct. 14. 

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