1:04pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Politics

Federal Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Health Reform

A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. A federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law, but an appeals court in Atlanta struck down the insurance mandate.

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12:18pm

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Thousands Ordered Evacuated, As Rain Continues To Pound Northeast

The headline of today's Philadelphia Enquirer says it all:

Enough already with rain!

Philadelphia along with the rest of the Northeast has had a period of intense rainfall that in some places extends 10 days since the tropical cyclone Irene worked its way across the region.

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11:54am

Thu September 8, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Growing Violence Clouds Afghanistan's Future

Alissa Rubin is a reporter for The New York Times. She is currently the Bureau Chief in Kabul. She was previously based in Baghdad.
The New York Times

August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan. Sixty-six U.S. service members were killed, including 30 Americans who were shot down in a Chinook transport helicopter by the Taliban on August 6.

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11:05am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Kabul To Jalalabad: A Postcard From The Road

A predator drone in the Jalalabad sky.
Nishant Dahiya NPR

The road from Kabul to Jalalabad that NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne and I took earlier this week passes through some spectacular scenery — the road carves its way through the Kabul Gorge, between craggy, rock cliffs on one side and the Kabul River on the other –- often, a dizzying 1,000 feet below.

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10:56am

Thu September 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Kentucky FOP Endorses Williams

The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican state Senate President David Williams in the race for governor. The union represents more than 9,300 law enforcement officers across the state and their nod is coveted among political candidates. Earlier this week, the state FOP endorsed Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool over Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who had received their endorsement in previous races.

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10:53am

Thu September 8, 2011
Sports

Turfway Finds Reason for Optimism

Trainer William Hall walks a horse after a morning workout in his barn at Turfway Park, Florence.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Turfway Park begins its Fall Meet today with reasons to be optimistic about its future. Turfway bucked a national trend with its 2011 Winter/Spring meet which experienced a 6.3 percent increase to on-track handle and a 3.3 percent bump in all-sources wagering. Instant Racing, a slot-machine-style wagering machine based on pari-mutuel wagering, was introduced in the state for the first time at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 2. Turfway Park will wait until outstanding court challenges are resolved before installing the new machines, but they would provide a new revenue source for the racetrack.

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10:49am

Thu September 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

State Police Investigate Scott County Jailer

Kentucky State Police say they are investigating allegations that Scott County Jailer Larry Covington told employees to record overtime that they didn't actually work as a way of compensating them for not getting raises. At the request of Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby, County Attorney Glenn Williams filed a complaint in April with state police about excessive overtime among jail employees, Lusby confirmed. A jail employee came to Lusby in April as a whistleblower, the judge-executive said.

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10:48am

Thu September 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

Gas Firm Promises Jobs for Harlan County

Magnum Hunter Productions Inc., a Texas-based oil and natural gas company, has signed a five-year deal to lease a building from Harlan County government. The firm will move its pipe yard and regional headquarters to Coldiron and with them 50 to 60 new jobs, according to Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop.

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10:46am

Thu September 8, 2011
Science/Health

Winchester Home on Federal Watch List

A Winchester nursing home has been placed on the federal government's list of troubled facilities in the United States, joining nursing homes in Lexington and Pikeville on the roster. Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation in Winchester has been on the list more than two months, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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10:44am

Thu September 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

ACS to Hire 700 in Lexington, London

ACS plans to hire 700 more employees in Lexington and London as it ramps up to temporarily field calls for companies enrolling workers in health care plans. But the plans that will be announced Thursday include hiring 200 permanent workers as ACS, which specializes in providing services to other businesses, is bolstering its call center operations for retail electronics companies.

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