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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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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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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Fri June 24, 2011

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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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.


Fri June 24, 2011
National Security

Lawmakers Criticize 'Fast and Furious' Operation

The scandal is widening over a U.S. law enforcement operation that lost track of guns later discovered at crime scenes on the Southwest border. The Justice Department and Republicans in Congress are trading accusations over who approved the operation. But what's getting lost in all the politics may be the larger effort to take down violent drug and gun traffickers.

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault recently left her post as CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent, which she had held since 1999, to pursue independent projects. Before joining CNN, she worked from Johannesburg as the chief correspondent in Africa for NPR from 1997 to 1999.


Fri June 24, 2011

The Root: Michelle Brings Hope, Exposure To Africa

First lady Michelle Obama is greeted by children as she arrives in Gaborone, Botswana on June 24.
Charles Dharapak AFP/Getty Images

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a Johannesburg-based journalist who has lived in South Africa since 1997.

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Fri June 24, 2011

Slow River Rise Becoming Roar In Flooding N.D. City

Watching the Souris River creep over roads and into neighborhoods has amounted to slow torture for North Dakota's fourth-largest city. In the next two days, Minot officials expect the waterway to roar.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday again accelerated water releases from the upstream Lake Darling dam. Officials said the move could raise the river up to 3 feet higher than earlier projections — or a whopping 6 1/2 feet above the record set more than a century ago — in a community where floodwaters already have reached several homes' first floors.

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