11:18am

Tue August 30, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA to Discuss Floyds Fork Pollution Managment

The Environmental Protection Agency is holds a meeting today to let the public weigh in on a proposal to manage pollution in Floyds Fork, a tributary of the Salt River that runs through Jefferson and four other counties. The EPA is getting involved in what’s usually a state process because of the watershed’s size and complexity.

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11:15am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Public Comments Support East End Bridge

Public comments from earlier this summer on the Ohio River Bridges Project say building the East End Bridge is a priority, according to documents obtained by the Courier-Journal through an open records request. Developments for the project have been stalled since 2003 due to lack of funding. A new proposal by bi-state authorities in January cut around $1.2 billion from the project. But it also stemmed a new estimated year-long federal review called the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which includes public comments.

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11:13am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Rebuilding Downtown Louisville

The Louisville Downtown Development Corporation says it will take four new retail anchors and a bevy of small or independent businesses to revitalize south 4th Street. The DDC unveiled its proposal for turning the blocks between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Broadway into a shopping district tonight at the Seelbach Hotel. While the Seelbach and the Brown Hotel would act as anchors for the district, the DDC’s proposal calls for the addition of four new anchors:

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11:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Cheney: Iraq War Did Not Hurt Reputation Of U.S.; Was Sound Policy

"Critics here at home" argue that the war in Iraq has hurt the reputation of the United States around the world, former Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged this morning. But he doesn't believe that's true.

"In fact I think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem" — then-Iraqi leader Sadaam Hussein — Cheney said on NBC-TV's The Today Show.

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10:26am

Tue August 30, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

The 'Top Secret America' Created After 9/11

A K-9 police officer and his partner "Bart" patrol New York's Grand Central Terminal in 2003. Less visible are the clandestine security measures the government has implemented since 2001.
Joe Kohen AP Photo

Thousands of government organizations and private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence. Last December, The Washington Post reported that this "top-secret world ... has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."

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10:15am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence 'Plummeted In August'

Blunt words from The Conference Board in its just-released report on how consumers are feeling:

"The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved slightly in July, plummeted in August."

The widely watched index now stands at 44.5, its lowest point in more than two years, vs. 59.2 in July. In good times, the index often stays well above 100.

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9:50am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Counsels Officials On How To Commemorate Sept. 11 Attacks

The towers of the World Trade Center. Sept. 11, 2001.
Robert Giroux Getty Images

Guidelines sent by the White House to U.S. government officials around the world about how to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks on their 10th anniversary focus on honoring the victims, stressing the need to be prepared for another attack and recognizing that other nations have also been targeted by terrorists, The New York Times reports this morning.

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9:15am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Home Prices Rose Modestly In Second Quarter, But Still Below Year Ago

One widely watched measure of U.S. home prices rose 3.6 percent in the second quarter from first-quarter 2011.

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8:45am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Irene Aftermath; Hunt For Gadhafi; New Leader In Japan

Good morning.

The death toll from Hurricane Irene and its aftermath continues to rise, as we reported earlier. There are now 40 confirmed deaths.

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8:35am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

In Libya: 'Biggest Fear' Is Gadhafi Disappearing, Continuing To Fight

The news that ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children have fled to Algeria underscores "the biggest fear" for many Libyans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Tripoli — that Gadhafi will elude capture and that his forces will continue to battle for weeks, months or perhaps years.

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