1:35pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Education

UK Receives Federal Engineering Grant

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it would give $1.5 million to the University of Kentucky to train engineering students to become industrial energy efficiency experts. In total, more than $30 million was being awarded to 24 universities in 23 states.

1:34pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Statehouse News

Pill Ring Earns Organized Crime Status

Neil Clark stands in front of a judge in district court Tuesday afternoon during a preliminary hearing where his bond was set at $100,000.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

A Frankfort man charged with organized crime planned and financed road trips to Florida for prescription pills, a detective said in court testimony Tuesday. Detective Matt Brown, speaking on behalf of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said 36-year-old Neil Clark was “ringleader” of the trips, which may have involved as many as 15 people over the course of several trips. Clark sold the pills after they arrived in Frankfort, Brown said.

1:23pm

Wed September 14, 2011
It's All Politics

White House's Haste On Solar Firm Loan Creates Political Headaches

While there are still many open questions, some things are more certain in the sorry tale of Solyndra, the now bankrupt solar-cell manufacturer President Obama once praised as a model for the nation's renewable energy future.

One, U.S. taxpayers will take a loss on their $535 million federal loan guarantee that was part of the stimulus program.

Two, 1,100 workers have been laid off.

Three, the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week raided Solyndra's offices.

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1:10pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Cats That Glow For AIDS Research Join List Of Animals That Shine

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 1:12 pm

Glowing for science.
Mayo Clinic

A story that's been getting some attention the past day or so — that AIDS researchers at the Mayo Clinic have inserted genes into cats that make the animals glow green in the dark — sounded familiar.

Haven't researchers been doing this sort of thing for years? We wondered.

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1:00pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Yarmuth Discusses Bridge on Maddow

Sounding the alarm about the country’s infrastructure needs, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday to discuss the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge.  The sudden closure of the bridge last week has rerouted thousands living in Louisville and southern Indiana, who’ve had to find an alternate route across the Ohio River. During the show, Yarmuth challenged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is also from Louisville, to talk to motorists about what’s been locally dubbed “Shermageddon”.

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12:57pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Vandals Damage Dozens of Vehicles

Many Danville residents woke Wednesday morning to find their vehicles marked with orange spray-paint. Assistant Police Chief Tony Gray said at least 50 vehicles were vandalized overnight and reports were continuing to come in throughout the morning.

12:54pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Business and the Economy

Humana's Job Announcement Reflects Growth

Humana is adding 200 customer service jobs to the Medicare sector of its downtown Louisville headquarters.   Despite the company’s 2010 cuts of nearly 1,500 positions certain sectors have seen growth, said John Brown, vice president of Humana’s Medicare service operations.

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12:53pm

Wed September 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Class Of 2011 Reading Scores On SAT Fall To Lowest Level On Record

At first glance this bit of news from the AP seems a foreboding sign for the future of the country:

Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995.

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12:38pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Education

KY Schools Prominent in Magazine Rankings

In an annual ranking of colleges and universities by US News and World Report, Kentucky schools were more prevalent.  Among the best in the south are Murray, Morehead State, Western and Eastern Kentucky Universities.  Nationally, US News & World Report placed the University of Kentucky at 124th. It's a slight improvement over last year's numbers.

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12:00pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Economy

'Civil, Sober' Super Committee Gets To Work

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 10:51 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, Host:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's an article of faith that parents are going to try to work hard and sacrifice so they can leave something to their kids. But a new survey shows that that's less and less the case for millionaire baby boomers. We'll hear more about that in just a few minutes. That's this week's Money Coach conversation.

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