10:30pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Reforms Cut Prison Population

The meeting of the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act Task Force Wednesday in Frankfort
Stu JOhnson Weku

Although it’s early, it appears reforms made to Kentucky’s penal code is cutting prison populations.  Members of the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act Task Force got a report Wednesday.  Laurie Dudgeon directs the Administrative Office of the Courts.  "Of the 40 thousand approximate defendants our pre-trial officers interviewed in jail, we have a release rate of those folks, an increase of two percent.  So two percent more of those folks have been released than in the previous time period,” said Dudgeon.

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6:50pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Sheriff: White House Gatecrasher, Michaele Salahi, Not Kidnapped

You'd be excused if you didn't lose sleep over the news that made its way across the blogosphere overnight: Tareq Salahi, who is better known as the husband in the duo who snuck into a White House state dinner last year, called the cops and the media to say his wife Michaele was kidnapped.

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5:57pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Rockies Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo Suspended 100 Games After Positive Test

The Colorado Rockies Eliezer Alfonzo is joining some ignominious company: Today Major League Baseball announced it was suspending the catcher for 100 games, after failing a drug test for the second time. Alfonzo tested positive for PED in 2008, when he was in the minor leagues.

The Denver Post reports:

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5:39pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Politics

Political Divide At Congressional Hearing On Solyndra

A congressional hearing on Tuesday over a company called Solyndra became a politically charged referendum on the administration's effort to promote green energy.

Until recently, Solyndra made solar panels. It received more than half a billion dollars in government loan guarantees back in 2009. Now, the company is in bankruptcy and is being investigated by the FBI.

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5:12pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Why You Should Wash A Melon Before Chowing Down

Do you really know where those cantaloupes have been?
iStockphoto.com

Have you ever heeded the advice to wash and dry a melon before digging in? Does anyone actually eat the skin of a honeydew or a cantaloupe anyway?

Well, even if you're not planning on a mega-dose of fibrous skin and rind, there is a good reason to rinse off that melon: germs. The knife that cuts through the melon's tough exterior can transfer nasty bugs to the sweet flesh you do consume.

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5:01pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Barack Obama

On The Road, Obama Faces Mixed Reaction Over Jobs

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 4:12 am

President Obama speaks Wednesday at North Carolina State University in Raleigh about the American Jobs Act.
Gerry Broome AP

For the second time in less than a week, President Obama on Wednesday visited a college campus, touting his new jobs plan. He told supporters at North Carolina State University that if Congress goes along with his proposal for tax cuts and new government spending, it will help to restore middle-class jobs.

A new CNN poll shows more Americans support the president's jobs plan than oppose it.

But that survey and others also find widespread disappointment with the U.S. economy — and Obama's handling of it.

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4:50pm

Wed September 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Calls Bridge Repairs "Top Priority"

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., received an emergency briefing from federal officials regarding the Sherman Minton Bridge on Wednesday. The bridge was recently closed after an inspector found a crack in the main load-bearing portion of the 50-year-old span, which connects Louisville to southern Indiana.

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4:47pm

Wed September 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Unveils Jobs Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams wants to eliminate Kentucky’s personal and corporate income taxes as part of his jobs plan. The proposal released Wednesday holds a number of ideas and makes a number of short-term recommendations to spur economic growth in the commonwealth such as eliminating local tax options, curtailing federal regulations and suspending certain taxes. Williams says getting rid of certain taxes is a crucial part of making the state competitive and better at creating and retaining jobs.

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4:45pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Idaho Has The Slowest Internet, In Part Because Of A Furry Reason

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 6:00 pm

Back in July, Pando Networks, a business focused peer-to-peer network, released the findings of a nationwide study on Internet speeds. It found Idaho has the slowest networks, while Rhode Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts are at the top of the pack.

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Ben Philpott covers politics and policy for KUT 90.5 FM. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002. He's been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and twice by the Houston Press Club as Radio Journalist of the Year. Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Philpott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

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