12:32pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vetoes in Lexington Looming

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he will line item veto certain parts of the budget passed recently by the Urban County Council.  The mayor met around the table with council members Wednesday morning.

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12:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Law

Trial Probes Alleged Corruption In Post-Katrina Crime

Testimony is under way in the trial of five New Orleans police officers involved in the 2005 death of two men and the wounding of four others on the city's Danziger Bridge. The U.S. Justice Department then accused the officers of covering up the crime. To learn about developments in the case and its impact on New Orleans, guest host Tony Cox speaks with ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson and Metro Crime Commission director Rafael Goyaneche.

11:36am

Wed June 29, 2011
Sports

Federer Loses To Tsonga In Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his quarterfinal round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Day Nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Roger Federer was eliminated in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The six-time Wimbledon champion barely looked challenged while winning the first two sets against the 12th-seeded Frenchman. But Federer, who had been 178-0 in matches in which he had won the opening two sets at a major tournament, was broken one time in each of the last three sets.

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11:32am

Wed June 29, 2011
Planet Money

Bank Of America's $20 Billion Subprime Moment

Bank of America said today that it's taking more than $20 billion in charges connected to its mortgage business.

That's huge. For context, the bank reported a net loss of $2 billion last year, and a net profit of $6 billion in 2009.

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10:58am

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Attorneys Wrap Up Case in Doneghy Trial

Two days after the murder trial against Glenn Doneghy was scheduled to end, attorneys rested their cases. Most of Tuesday's testimony came from former state police trooper Sonny Cease, who was hired by the defense to investigate the crash that killed Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Doneghy, 34, is accused of murder in Durman's death. He is on trial in Fayette Circuit Court. Cease is a former state police trooper best known for being the lead investigator of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people died.

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10:37am

Wed June 29, 2011
All Politics are Local

Nunn's Plea Relieves Family and Friends

Friends and family of Amanda Ross expressed relief Tuesday that in pleading guilty to Ross's murder, former lawmaker Steve Nunn had taken responsibility for his actions and spared everyone a long and painful trial. "I hope this will bring some peace to Amanda's mother and family," said Terry McBrayer, a Frankfort lobbyist and a friend of the Ross family. "At best, the trial would have been long and sordid. This might be the first day to start healing."

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10:17am

Wed June 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Instant Racing" Open to KY Tracks

Kentucky's racetracks starting Friday can apply for permission to allow bets on historical races. But despite a needed boost in business, some tracks are leery of adding "Instant Racing" immediately. The regulations that allow Instant Racing become effective July 1 and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will accept applications from the racetracks. Many tracks hope it can boost declining revenues and make them competitive with tracks in surrounding states, but a legal challenge by the Family Foundation has made them take pause.

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10:14am

Wed June 29, 2011
Education

Former UK President Becomes Professor

When he steps down from his post Thursday, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. will join UK's engineering faculty as a tenured professor with a salary of about $162,000 a year. But first, Todd will take a yearlong unpaid leave of absence. Instead of a salary, he will receive the retention bonus guaranteed in his contract for staying 10 years. It's worth $511,000, his base salary during his last year of work.

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10:09am

Wed June 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky's Bucket List: Part II

The Herald-Leader's "Kentucky Bucket List" of 50 experiences every Kentuckian should do, see or have while living in our commonwealth, received tremendous response from readers after it was published June 17. Inspired by Parade magazine's recent cover story on "America's Bucket List," The Herald-Leader's list — which was far from exhaustive — spurred readers to suggest ideas that we didn't include. So today, The Herald-Leader shares 20 readers' suggestions of experiences to have in Kentucky before you die.

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9:40am

Wed June 29, 2011
Middle East

Israel Vows To Block Flotilla From Reaching Gaza

A store owner in a Gaza City market. Israel has eased the blockade of Gaza over the past year, and more commercial goods are reaching the territory.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Activists in a small flotilla of vessels are set to again challenge Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, just a year after a similar attempt led to a deadly confrontation in the Mediterranean.

Eight ships and 300 activists — many of them from the U.S. — plan to set sail this week from Greece. They say they're trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the coastal territory and highlight the plight of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there.

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