12:27pm

Fri June 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Feds Seek Injunction To Stop Mine Inspection Dodge

The Labor Department wants a federal court judge in Kentucky to issue a rare injunction against a Kentucky coal mine accused of warning miners underground about a surprise federal mine safety inspection.

The inspectors for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) allege in court documents that a June 17 late-night, surprise inspection at CAM Mining's #28 mine in Pike County, Ky., was thwarted by mine managers.

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12:00pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Politics

In Politics: Neither Party Budges On The Budget

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., at the Capitol in Washington, June 13, 2011. Cantor recently announced that he would not return to the budget negotiations.
J. Scott Applewhite ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Obama has announced plans for scaling back on troops in Afghanistan. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on the deficit-reduction talks. Obama's former Ambassador to China, John Huntsman, announced plans to seek the GOP nomination for president. Host Michel Martin talks about this week's politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist and blogger Cynthia Tucker.

11:46am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Deadbeat Parents Charged in Pulaski

Police have arrested more than 20 people charged in Pulaski County with not paying child support and are searching for others as part of an enforcement roundup, local prosecutors announced. A total of 44 people were charged. Police from several agencies began arresting them June 16 and have found about half of them, Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield said in a news release Wednesday.

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11:16am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Zombies on KY Interstates

As if orange barrels, speed traps and distracted motorists sharing the road weren’t stressful enough, drivers on southbound Interstate 71/75 Thursday morning were given another warning – beware of the undead. An electronic highway sign on the interstate near the Ky. 18 exit read: “Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead.” The sign was apparently hacked, said Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman.

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11:13am

Fri June 24, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

AMA Speaks Up On Comparative Effectiveness

My, how they've changed.

Not all that long ago, doctors seemed pretty much united by their antipathy toward being told by outsiders how to practice medicine — particularly by the government.

That bond helped fuel the American Medical Association's bitter opposition to several efforts to overhaul the U.S. health care system in the 1930s and 1940s and to the original effort to pass Medicare in the 1960s.

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11:04am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Jobless Rate Down Across KY

 Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between May 2010 and May 2011, while 16 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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10:45am

Fri June 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Waterfront Project Reconstructs Boston Economy

The groundbreaking fanfare included a cake model of Vertex's new corporate headquarters.
Curt Nickisch

Construction workers in Boston are going back to work. After years in limbo, a massive building project broke ground this week on the city's waterfront.

The developer says it's the largest private sector construction project underway in the country. Many are seeing the Fan Pier development as a positive sign for the economy.

It was the sort of event that almost makes you forget the recession ever happened. Under a big white party tent with balloons and band lights, bankers and developers beamed proudly next to the mayor and governor, each holding a silver shovel.

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10:20am

Fri June 24, 2011
Politics

House Rejects Measure To Continue U.S. Role In Libya

The House voted down a measure Friday giving Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya.

The 295-123 defeat was expected, but still represents a rebuke to the commander-in-chief. Obama, who did not seek congressional permission before the Libyan mission began, had said he had welcomed a resolution authorizing the participation.

The vote marks the first time since 1999 that either House has voted against a military operation. The last time was over President Bill Clinton's authority in the Bosnian war.

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10:08am

Fri June 24, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Harlan Prepares To Cut Staff

The City of Harlan plans to make drastic cuts and reduce staff levels to close a $200,000 hole in next year's budget. The cuts were presented at a special called council meeting Wednesday. "We will cut two positions in the street department, one position in the sewer department and one in the fire department,"  said Mayor Danny Howard. Besides the cuts in the staffing levels, the city is also proposing a 15 percent cut across the board in every department.

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