1:32pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

DARE/CLEAR Programs on Chopping Block

Lexington's urban county council members are getting down to the wire in a passing a budget for the next fiscal year. Plans for spending cuts within the division of police remain a concern. Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin has twice reported to council members in recent weeks on how the division is handling a proposed 7 percent reduction in funding. Police plan to cut community service units nearly in half; those affected include the DARE program, mounted patrol, and the Community Law Enforcement Action Response unit, also known as CLEAR.

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1:29pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Brass Band Festival "Perfect"

The 2011 Great American Brass Band Festival has marched through Danville, and once again organizers are pleased with the event. Niki Kinkade, director of the brass band festival, said, “It was a perfect festival, and we’re looking forward to it next year.” The crowd was better than it has been in the last several years, according to Kinkade, giving some credit to “fantastic” weather. Even the short rain shower Saturday afternoon helped to cool things off and didn’t dampen the event.

1:25pm

Mon June 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Display Devoted to Kentucky Governors

One governor was assassinated more than a century ago, and his killer remains a mystery even today. Another governor died soon after being sworn in. A third tried to impose a sales tax and instead caused riots. Theses stories of Kentucky’s governors as well as artifacts from their terms are now on display at the Toyota Kentucky Hall of Governors at Frankfort's Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Among the artifacts are pocket watches, walking canes, a wedding ring and the bloody undershirt worn by Gov. William Goebel when he was assassinated.

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1:23pm

Mon June 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Keeping Waterways Safe

One day late last week, a teenage girl and a young woman were adrift on a boating tube at the opening of one of the busiest channels on Barren River Lake. The craft that had been towing them was a mile away. “This is one of the most dangerous things I’ve seen in 16 years,” said Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Sgt. Brett Zalla. He then turned his patrol boat and asked the young women to board and point out the boat that had been towing them. Once he caught up to the boat’s driver, he explained that the girls were floating and helpless if a boat had coming zipping around the corner. A boater might not have seen them drifting on top of the water.

1:23pm

Mon June 13, 2011
A Blog Supreme

Thanks, Everyone

JJA Jazz Award winners take home this lovely translucent mini-obelisk.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

As you may have heard, A Blog Supreme was named Blog of the Year at the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards on Saturday. It's very truly an honor to be recognized by "folks who have been doing this thing for a minute," as I told some musicians on Saturday night. (And by "for a minute," I mean much, much longer than one minute.)

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1:05pm

Mon June 13, 2011
The Two-Way

WWII-Era B-17 Bomber Crashes In Illinois; Seven On Board Said To Be OK

"A vintage World War II bomber crashed and burned in a field southeast of Aurora Municipal [Ill.] Airport this morning," the Chicago Tribune writes, "but the seven people on board escaped without injury, according to aviation officials."

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12:53pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Feds Review Region's Road Plans

The plans laid out for transportation improvements in the Lexington area will be reviewed this month by federal officials.   A evening meeting will give citizens a chance to weigh in on transportation issues. Proposals in two central Kentucky counties will be reviewed by federal transportation officials.  Max Conyers, who’s with Lexington’s planning department, says the examination includes a look at pedestrian, bicycle, and mass transit traffic in Fayette and Jessamine counties.  Conyers says officials will also gather input from residents.

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12:52pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Middle East

Thousands More Syrians Seek To Enter Turkey

Thousands of Syrian refugees were massed on Monday along the border, hoping to cross into Turkey to escape a crackdown by elite army troops who retook control of one rebellious town and threatened to widen their assault on anti-government activists.

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12:29pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

June 13: What's On Today's Show

Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks during an "Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids And Alcohol Don't Mix" Event at Arlington Science Focus Elementary School on April 20, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Duncan joins host Neal Conan and a studio audience of students and teachers in today's second hour.
Kris Connor Getty Images

Chasing The Recovery

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12:25pm

Mon June 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Clang! 'Miami Herald' Runs Ad Congratulating NBA's Heat

Oops.
Courtesy of Miami New Times

These things happen. But they're still funny (or not, we guess, depending on your team allegiance):

This morning, "Miami Herald readers opened their paper to find a nearly full-page ad reading 'Congratulations Miami!' next to photos of Heat championship T-shirts and hats from Macy's," writes Tim Elfrink at Miami New Times' Riptide 2.0 blog.

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