6:18pm

Fri July 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Maker Of Social Game 'FarmVille' Files To Become A Public Company

Zynga, the maker of online games like Farmville and CityVille, filed for an initial public offering today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is looking to raise as much as $1 billion from investors.

The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch reports:

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5:34pm

Fri July 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Pope Speaks Out Against Speculation On Food Commodities

Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a private audience with the metroplolitan archbishops.
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Pope Benedict XVI ventured into economic policy today. During an address to the Rome-based United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization, the AFP reports, the Pope called for action "against 'speculation' on commodity markets."

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4:56pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Health Insurance Brokers Win A Round

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Score one for the health insurance brokers in their fight to avoid going the way of buggy-whip manufacturers.

A task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted Thursday to endorse legislation that would effectively spare their commissions from being counted as administrative costs.

And consumer groups aren't happy about it.

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4:55pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Mayor Gray's Vetoes Announced

Lexington’s mayor has asked members of the urban county council to change their recently approved budget.  The request came today (Friday) in a series of line-item vetoes.

Mayor Jim Gray vetoed three items in the new budget.  Gray said no to the 400 thousand dollars the council wants to borrow for two new disc golf courses, lacrosse fields, improvements at the Charles Young community center, and a remodel of the Berry Hill pool.   Another veto eliminates the jobs of seven people who work in government communications.  And Gray's final veto  reduced funding for outside agencies that provide services to the city by ten percent.

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4:52pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Minnesota Shutdown Hits Poor; Aid Groups Scramble

In Minnesota Friday, highway construction came to a halt, rest stops and state parks closed. And 22,000 state workers have been laid off. The reason: a protracted budget dispute between the state's Democratic governor and Republicans who control the legislature.

In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.

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4:35pm

Fri July 1, 2011
It's All Politics

Giffords' Husband Orbits Around Political Questions

Is retiring astronaut Mark Kelly ready to launch a new career in politics?

"I'll go into more detail about that next week, when I visit Iowa and New Hampshire," Kelly joked Friday during a luncheon appearance at the National Press Club.

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4:17pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Civilian Employers Experience Military Life

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

They took a flight aboard a C-130 Hercules, had a Meal Ready to Eat for lunch, and watched a live fire training session. Several civilian employers got a taste of military life at Camp Atterbury, Indiana this week as part of Boss Lift 2011. Dave Robinson, a resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers in Harlan County, Kentucky, visited the Kentucky National Guard's 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

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4:16pm

Fri July 1, 2011
The Candidates' Guide To Campaigning

In Nevada, GOP Hopefuls Should Head For The Hills

In September 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama disembarks from his campaign plane in Reno. Mayor Bob Cashell says presidential candidates should spend a little more face time in his town.
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It's officially summer vacation time. But if you're a candidate running for president, you'll spend your summer shaking hands in early voting states. Here, a look at the required stops and must-see attractions in Nevada.

Las Vegas may be in the middle of a desert, but once you're on the Strip, you can pretend you're anywhere. Just pick a hotel: Paris, New York, Monte Carlo. Republican candidates generally go Venetian.

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4:15pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Wild Pig Numbers Increase in Kentucky

The feral pig problem is spreading in Kentucky. The animals aren’t native to the commonwealth, but were illegally brought into the state and let loose for hunting. They’ve been copiously reproducing ever since. In 2009, wild pigs were only in about 23 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Now, they’re in 44, and spreading. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini says the animals have few redeeming characteristics.

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4:15pm

Fri July 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Door Opened For Air Traffic Controllers To Rest During Breaks

The air traffic control tower at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
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Some other countries have allowed air traffic controllers to nap during their breaks and some experts think that might help prevent any more cases of American air traffic controllers falling asleep when they should be directing planes.

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