11:59am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Coulson Received Payment From News Corp., After Taking Downing Street Job

Andy Coulson, formerly editor of the tabloid News of the World, and later David Cameron's director of communications, speaks on a mobile phone in London on April 13, 2010. London police arrested Andy Coulson on July 8 in relation to Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
Oli Scarff AP

Britain's phone hacking scandal took another sharp turn today, after the BBC reported that a former editor at News of the World received payment from News International, even after he took a job as the Prime Minister's top press aide.

The BBC reports:

These payments were part of his severance package, under what is known as a "compromise agreement".

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11:51am

Tue August 23, 2011
Sports

Instant Racing Slots On-line Next Month

Kentucky Downs will open its gambling room with 200 instant racing machines on Sept. 1, the Franklin track announced Monday. A brief opening ceremony is planned at 10 a.m., then it is off to the historical races. Instant racing allows players to bet on previously run races; the games are designed to mimic electronic slots or video lottery terminals and appeal to bettors who wouldn't necessarily be drawn to traditional pari- mutuel wagering.

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11:48am

Tue August 23, 2011
All Politics are Local

Huckabee to Campaign for P’Pool

Raising more eyebrows in Kentucky’s race for attorney general, Republican candidate Todd P’Pool announced Tuesday that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will headline a campaign fundraiser in October.

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11:05am

Tue August 23, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Racial Gap In Homeownership Widens In U.S. Slump

Clyde Jackson (right) poses for a photo with his son, Clyde Jr., outside their new two-bedroom apartment in Greenbelt, Md. Jackson lost his three-bedroom home to foreclosure in December.
Alex Kellogg NPR

When Clyde Jackson's wife took a $6 hourly pay cut several years ago, it was the beginning of his rapid descent from two-time homeowner to renter in an apartment complex in the working-class Washington, D.C., suburb of Greenbelt, Md.

Jackson, 51, is an African-American father of three who works for a local government sanitation agency. In December, he lost a three-bedroom brick home to foreclosure. He purchased the house for $245,000 in 2004.

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10:54am

Tue August 23, 2011
News

Behind King Memorial, One Fraternity's Long Battle

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened to the public on Monday. It will be officially dedicated on Sunday.
Allison Keyes NPR

The thousands of visitors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington this week will reflect on the controversial likeness of the man, his legacy and the significance of the first nonpresident — and first African-American — immortalized on the National Mall.

But most of them probably won't know who built it.

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10:48am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

New Home Sales Decline To Five-Month Low In July

Two years into the economic recovery, the housing market is still showing signs of struggle. New numbers released by the Commerce Department today showed that purchases of new homes fell 0.7 percent in July and hit the lowest level in five months.

Bloomberg reports:

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10:40am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Lager's Key Yeast May Have Come From Argentina

An Argentinian heritage? Scientists say the key yeast in lager may have originated in Patagonia.
Robert Sullivan AFP/Getty Images

We have to confess we didn't know that for decades, scientists have been trying to find the "parent yeast" that makes lager beer possible.

Apparently they were.

And now, they may have an answer: Beech forests in Argentina.

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10:19am

Tue August 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Volunteer Fire Department De-Certified

The 3-Point Volunteer Fire Department is no longer certified by the state to operate as a fire department, and efforts are underway by a group of 3-Point residents to form a new fire volunteer fire department in that community. Until this happens, Williamsburg Fire and Rescue will be responding to fire and emergency calls in the area. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said he received a letter from the state fire commission Friday notifying him that 3-Point was no longer recognized as a "qualified certified" fire department.

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10:16am

Tue August 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Engineer Fitted with Big Heart

Arnie LeMay, director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, stands beside a 16 million BTU boiler.
Tricia Spaulding The State-Journal

When Arnie heard that a woman was trapped alone in an elevator, he was off to the rescue. He climbed down the elevator shaft, crawled through the roof and kept her company until she was freed. The next day, he sent flowers. In his official capacity, Arnie LeMay, 58, is director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Unofficially, he’s “the engineer with a big heart.” Hospital CEO Chip Peal calls him Frankfort’s MacGyver. Arnie can fix, build or rig anything, which makes him a lifesaver at home, at work and across the globe.

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10:11am

Tue August 23, 2011
Statehouse News

Two SE KY Highways Cited for Excellence

LOUISVILLE – Two Kentucky highway projects – reconstruction of U.S. 68/KY 80 through Land Between the Lakes and the first completed phase of the Newtown Pike Extension, in Lexington – Monday were singled out as two of the top transportation projects in the Southeast.

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