10:17am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Oakwood Cuts 200 Jobs

Bluegrass Oakwood has cut about 200 jobs because of a dip in the number of residents at the Somerset facility for the developmentally disabled. Shannon Ware, CEO of Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation, said Wednesday that 168 people were laid off, but the total number of positions eliminated was about 200. The remaining positions that were eliminated were open positions. The cuts were across all levels of the organization. The layoffs were announced Friday, and employees were given 30 days notice.

 

10:04am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

ATT Improving Kentucky Cell Service

AT&T announced Wednesday it will add 200 new jobs to a call center in Carter County and also addressed concerns about its wireless network in the state by announcing new investment in cell sites.The call center, which first opened in 2001, currently has about 1,000 employees. AT&T will not ask for any state tax incentives for the call center expansion. The average pay for the new jobs will be between $10 and $14 hourly.

 

10:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Being Tapped To Offset Lost Crude

"The U.S. and its partners in the International Energy Agency have decided to release a total of 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days to offset the disruption in the oil supply caused by unrest in the Middle East," the White House just announced.

Of that, 30 million barrels will come from the United States' Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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9:45am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Southwest Flight Attendants May File Complaint Over Pilot's Rant

Outraged over a Southwest Airlines pilot's offensive rant that was broadcast over an air traffic control frequency this spring, and not satisfied with the airline's response, Southwest flight attendants may file a federal workplace discrimination complaint, Houston's KPRC-TV reports.

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9:42am

Thu June 23, 2011
Law

Fugitive Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Caught In Calif.

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:43 am

FBI special agent Richard Deslauriers speaks Monday during a news conference next to a poster featuring fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger at the FBI field office in Boston.
Michael Dwyer AP

9:40am

Thu June 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

No Rush for Licenses in Harlan

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Only one establishment has applied for a license to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink, since the city of Harlan passed the ordinance in late February and started accepting applications. The sole applicant so far is the Harlan Center, a facility owned by the city itself.

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9:03am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

'Washington Post' Debated 'Undocumented' Reporter's Veracity

Before his surprising revelation Wednesday on the website of The New York Times magazine that he is an undocumented immigrant, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas had worked with editors at one of his previous employers, The Washington Post, to tell the story on the Post's p

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8:51am

Thu June 23, 2011
Opinion

The Root: NAACP Lawsuit Shifts School Debate

Deputy mayor for education Dennis Walcott speaks with school children after being introduced by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as New York City's new Schools Chancellor following the departure of the controversial Cathleen Black on April 7 in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Lynette Holloway is a frequent contributor to The Root. The Chicago-based writer is a former New York Times reporter and associate editor for Ebony magazine.

As states grappled with ways to reinvigorate the flagging public education system, charter schools were offered up as an attractive alternative: a way to break outside the mold and offer the kind of innovative learning environment and accountability for results that is more often associated with private schools.

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8:38am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose By 9,000 Last Week

There were 429,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, an increase of 9,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

And in further evidence of a weak labor market, it revised up its estimate of first-time claims from that previous week: to 420,000 from the initial estimate of 414,000 for the week ending June 11.

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