3:15pm

Thu June 30, 2011
National Security

Analysts: New Strategy Focuses On Insurgent Leaders

Wednesday, the White House has unveiled a new counterterrorism strategy that would focus more on drone strikes and special operations and less on large-scale ground conflicts. NPR spoke with two experts in national security — Sean Burke, a vice president and senior fellow for the Center for National Policy and Ken Gude, managing director of the National Security and International Policy Program of the Center for American Progress — to get their thoughts on the strategy.

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3:00pm

Thu June 30, 2011
The Record

The New Wave Of Cartoon Bands

Anime character Hatsune Miku stars in a new series of Toyota Corolla ads aimed at the Asian-American market.
Toyota USA, Inc.

Hatsune Miku is an anime girl with kiddie-pool sized eyes and flowing teal pigtails. She stars in a new Toyota Corolla commercial aimed at the Asian-American market.

Miku is huge back home in Japan. Originally invented to sell synthesized voice software, the character's featured in a video game, she's released hit pop songs and she sells out live concerts. (If "live" is the right word.)

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2:48pm

Thu June 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville and Lexington Launch Job Study

Joined by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at the Clinton Global Initiative American event held in Chicago Thursday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a regional economic development study to improve both cities’ competitiveness in advanced manufacturing. The Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution will provide support for the 18-month project to determine how Kentucky’s two largest cities can strengthen their existing job markets and work together to achieve significant job growth in manufacturing and other key industries.

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2:44pm

Thu June 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Justice Department Launches Investigation Into Two Detainee Deaths

The Justice Department has launched full-blown criminal investigations in the deaths of two detainees in U.S. custody, after prosecutors sifted through more than 100 allegations of brutal treatment.

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2:36pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Teacher Guides Missionaries to Kenya

After one trip to Africa, Clark County's Jennifer Watson knew she had to find a way to go back. A three-week trip to Kenya last summer has turned into a three-year teaching stint for the Hannah McClure Elementary School teacher. “Once I got back, I just loved the country, and I tried to figure out how to go back and support myself,” Watson said. Watson said that, since teaching is her career in America, it made sense that teaching also would be a way to live permanently in Africa. In January, she was accepted to teach for three years at Rosslin Academy, an international Christian school in Nairobi. However, Watson said she “wouldn’t be surprised” if her stint in Africa extended beyond the three years.

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2:11pm

Thu June 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Roadside Relief: Safety Teams on Patrol

Jim Elliott of Scottsville, a safety patrol officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Division of Incident Management, pulls a piece of tractor-trailer tire from the middle of Interstate 65. Elliott patrols 58 miles of I-65, from the Tennessee bo
Alex Slitz The Daily News

Eric Tipton of Morgantown breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday afternoon when Jim Elliott pulled his white Ford F-350 highway safety truck behind Tipton’s broken-down Nissan at mile marker 5 on the southbound William H. Natcher Parkway. Tipton wasn’t sure if his car had run out of gas or if he had a fuel line problem. Elliott grabbed one of his two gas cans out of the back of his truck and poured a half-gallon of gas into Tipton’s gas tank. The car didn’t start, but at least Tipton figured out the problem. “It’s a good feeling really,” Tipton said about Elliott showing up. “Just knowing if you’re out of fuel or need immediate help to know somebody is there for you.”

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1:57pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Support For Medicare Cuts Depends On Where Savings Would Go

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Medicare faces trouble as its costs for health care keep rising faster than money coming in to pay the bills. And then there's the overall debt of the federal government, which is also getting worse.

Federal belt-tightening seems to be pretty much inevitable.

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1:34pm

Thu June 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Women's World Cup 2011: A Quick Guide

Soccer fans attend the women's World Cup opener between Germany and Canada. In Germany, the game drew a TV audience of more than 18 million, or a quarter of the country's population — better stats than some men's matches garner.
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The FIFA Women's World Cup is in full swing in Germany, where the tournament's 16 teams are vying for a spot in the title game, slated for July 17.

First held in 1991, the event is a relatively new international tournament. Like the men's version, it's held every four years. Here are a few more facts, to help you get acquainted:

  • Germany and the U.S. have won the Cup twice; Norway has won once.
  • Brazil's best finish is second place (2007).
  • The U.S. last won the tournament in 1999.
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1:24pm

Thu June 30, 2011
The Two-Way

One-Day Public Sector Strike Disrupts Classes In U.K.

The unions and the government disagree on just how big the public sector walk-out in the United Kingdom today is. The unions are saying hundreds of thousands of public workers have joined the strike, but the British government says its borders and air travel have been unaffected.

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1:12pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Statehouse News

Legislators Want Middlemen as Lobbyists

Legislators say they would support a recommendation to require investment middlemen who deal with the state pension fund to register as executive branch lobbyists. The recommendation was one of 92 made in a report by Auditor Crit Luallen during an investigation of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. She presented her findings at a press conference Tuesday and to the joint interim committee on state government Wednesday. The use of placement agents led to “pay to play” scandals in the New York and California state pension systems, but Luallen’s report found no evidence of wrongdoing here.

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