Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Alabama's Largest County Takes Big Step To Avoid Bankruptcy

The Jefferson County Commission in Alabama approved a plan today that could mean the county will avoid having to declare bankruptcy because of a $3.1 billion debt.

The Birmingham News cautions, though, that "the agreement [with creditors] is only a framework or a concept to settle the crisis, and work remains toward crafting a definitive, binding deal."

Read more


Fri September 16, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Lexington Sewer Plants Call for Bigger Pipes

Brenna Angel

We know where the problems are in Lexington's dilapidated sewer system, now the next step is to fix them. The city's Division of Water Quality is preparing to send a proposed course of action to the EPA in Washington. And officials are warning residents to expect major sewer construction for several years to come.

Read more


Fri September 16, 2011
Music Interviews

John Hendricks: The Father Of Vocalese At 90

Jon Hendricks gives a clinic on vocalese at the 2007 Art of Jazz Festival.
Smaku via Flickr

Jon Hendricks turns 90 Friday. The singer and lyricist is best known for his work with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross in the 1950s, putting words to jazz — including insanely complex vocal arrangements of instrumental solos.

One of Hendricks' favorite anecdotes involves a party where the wives of composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II had a little dispute over who wrote "Old Man River."

Read more


Fri September 16, 2011

Task Forces Launch Rupp Website

A new website is now online for Lexington's proposed Rupp Arena, Arts, and Entertainment District.  The city launched RuppDistrict.com Thursday. It has details of the arena task force appointed by Mayor Jim Gray to investigate whether the home of UK basketball should be renovated or replaced.

Read more


Fri September 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bowling Green Postal Service Facility May Close

Facing a $10 billion deficit at the end of this fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service is considering culling by 50 percent its processing centers, with Bowling Green among those being considered for elimination. Bowling Green’s center on Scottsville Road, which lost its outgoing processing services in July, is one of 250 centers being studied for closure in 2012. The cost savings plan, announced by the postmaster general Thursday, also includes changing first-class delivery standards from one to three days to two to three days, according to David Walton, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Louisville. Closing the Bowling Green facility would affect 56 workers, Walton said.


Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Haven't Seen The 'Webcam 101 For Seniors' Video Yet? Here It Is

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 1:09 pm

Bruce and Esther Huffman, video darlings.

It's one of this week's "viral video sensations," as ABC News' Technology Review says.

Read more


Fri September 16, 2011
All Politics are Local

Protestors Celebrate 7 Months of Sit-In

After staging a sit-in for about seven months at Gov. Steve Beshear’s office to protest mountaintop removal, some 20 people celebrated at Frankfort's Kentucky Coffeetree Café Thursday night. Organizers also brainstormed ideas on how to keep the protest of the controversial mining technique moving forward, said Andy McDonald, a participant and supporter of the sit-ins. The protesters are also looking at other forms of civil disobedience besides a sit-in.


Fri September 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Danville Ranks High in Top Places to Retire


Money magazine has named Danville No. 4 in its list of Top 25 places in the country to retire. Danville ranks in the top five on the list of United States cities along with No. 1 Marquette, Mich.; No. 2 Cape Coral, Fla.; No. 3 Boise, Idaho; and No. 5 Weatherford, Texas. Danville was the only Kentucky community to make the list.


Fri September 16, 2011

Author Declines University of Louisville Award

Amid allegations that he falsified parts of his best-selling books “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools,” author Greg Mortenson has turned down the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education.

Read more


Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Biologists Set To Rescue Fish From Drying Texas Rivers

This news story from the Associated Press gives you an idea of just how bad drought conditions are in Texas:

Wildlife biologists on Friday will evacuate two species of minnows from the shrinking waters of a West Texas river in the first of what could be several rescue operations involving fish affected by the state's worst drought in decades.

Read more