Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Legislature Approves Anti-Pat-Down Bill

A Transportation Security Administration agent performs a pat-down check on an airline passenger at a security checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Jeff Topping Getty Images

Today both the Texas House and Senate approved a bill that prohibits invasive airport security pat-downs. The version of the bill that passed in the Senate is watered-down to include changes that the Texas attorney general's office said should be made in order to ease the bill's constitutional issues.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'Riot Dog' Is Back In Athens

Loukanikos paused in front of riot police in central Athens on December 8, 2010.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images


Tue June 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Home Sick Home? Architect Goes After Tuberculosis In Haiti

A nonprofit group hopes this winning home design will help prevent tuberculosis transmission with better ventilation.
Courtesy of ARCHIVE

When it comes to beating tuberculosis, the focus is usually on better drugs and tests and, maybe someday, a vaccine. But what about building better homes for people at risk of catching the infection?

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Tue June 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Qannik Tweets Arrival…Twice

The polar bear cub Qannik arrived in a UPS Boeing 747 last night in Kentucky as reported by dueling twitter accounts.  There are two accounts currently claiming to be none other than Qannik herself.  One is @QannikthecubLZ (Official Louisville Zoo account), the other is the rogue @QannikBearaccount.

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Tue June 28, 2011
Business and the Economy

Iconic Lexington Hotel Sold

The future of a landmark Lexington hotel remains uncertain after it was sold for $9 million at a master commissioner's sale Monday. Crowne Plaza Lexington — The Campbell House, at 1375 South Broadway, was in default on its $21 million mortgage. The property was purchased by the mortgage holder, JPMC 2006-CIBC14 South Broadway REO, LLC. Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine had awarded a judgment against the hotel's owners, Thoroughbred Campbell House LLC, on April 28 and ordered the property sold. She also appointed Chris Bryan, vice president of Hospitality Receiver LLC, to take over management of the hotel. Bryan hired Prism Hotels & Resorts, a hotel receivership and management company based in Dallas, to run the property on a day-to-day basis.

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Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Wood to Energy Grant

Not all of the timber in eastern Kentucky is good enough quality to be marketed commercially.  But the lower quality wood is not going to waste. A Lexington based company is one of only 17 groups nationally selected for ‘wood to energy’ project funding.

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Tue June 28, 2011

Bahraini Sentenced To Life, Daughter Speaks Out

In Bahrain, leading human rights advocate Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has received a lifelong prison sentence, as the case with seven other prominent Shiite activists. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with Maryam Al-Khawaja about her father's case and her family's history of opposition to the Bahraini government.


Tue June 28, 2011

Experts: Housing Price Rise Isn't A Trend (Yet)

Realtors are hoping an uptick in home prices reported on Tuesday is the beginning of a turnaround, but industry experts say it's too soon to tell if the improvement is anything other than a seasonal blip.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index reported that prices in April rose in 13 of the 20 cities tracked. Washington, D.C., saw the biggest price increases, followed by San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle.

The index, which covers metro areas that include about 50 percent of U.S. households, rose 0.7 percent, the first increase since July 2010.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Lawmaker Guilty of Murder

Former state lawmaker Steve Nunn pleaded guilty to murder with aggravating circumstances in the 2009 death of Amanda Ross in Lexington.

Nunn, who was set to go on trial in August, entered the plea Tuesday morning in Fayette Circuit Court.

He waived formal sentencing and Judge Pamela Goodwine sentenced Nunn to life without parole. He also was given 12 months for violating a domestic violence order of protection. That sentence is to run concurrently. 

When Goodwine asked Nunn if he was guilty of the charges Nunn said "yes ma'am" in a quiet voice. 

Afterward, Nunn's attorneys, Warren Scoville said first-degree manslaughter was the best case scenario and with that charge he would have still spent the rest of his life in prison.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

In Syria, Government Lets International Media In To Make Its Case

In the beginning of the uprising in Syria, the government banned the international media. So, every report from the foreign outlets about what was happening carried the warning, "we can not confirm the information" because the media was scrambling to piece together the news from videos produced by the protest movement and government statements coming from Syria state TV.

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