10:39am

Fri August 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Decreases

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate continued to fall going from 9.6 percent in June to 9.5 percent in July, according to the Office of Employment and Training.  The preliminary July 2011 jobless rate dropped .7 percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded in July 2010 for the state. The state’s July 2011 rate is the lowest since the January 2009 rate of 9.2 percent.

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10:35am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Wilmore Tables Livestock Ordinance

Discussion about whether to enact a livestock ordinance was abundant at the Wilmore City Council meeting, but after talking for 40 minutes, the council voted to table the discussion until its next meeting on Sept. 12. Councilwoman Kim Deyer weighed both sides of the issue at the meeting, addressing protection of property values, safety and animal rights. Deyer said she’s not sure an ordinance is necessary but she does think the city needs some kind of boundaries for animal-owners.

10:25am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Schism, New Indictments Follow Polygamist Leader's Conviction

A letter sent by email and snail mail urges the followers of polygamist leader and convicted pedophile Warren Jeffs to "come clean ... or you are going down with the wicked and the damned."

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10:23am

Fri August 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

East Jessamine Removes E.Coli

A section of the East Jessamine soccer field between the stands and the field was surrounded by orange fence last week after high levels of E. coli were found in standing water.
Jonathan Kleppinger Jessamine Journal

Remediation work is being completed on the soccer field that was closed last week due to E. coli contamination, and the field could be ready for play as soon as Tuesday. A test sample of standing water at the East Jessamine soccer complex off Wilmore Road revealed a concentration of E. coli nine times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable risk criteria. The field was closed Aug. 10 after an engineering firm advised school officials skin contact with water was the only danger present.

10:12am

Fri August 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Former Sturgis Man Charged with Fraud

A former Sturgis resident appeared in federal court on Thursday morning to face charges of scheming to defraud investors of more than $1.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Cory B. George, 27, of Owensboro is accused of defrauding investors of more than $1,749,590 by running advertisements in newspapers and offering short-term certificates of deposit paying 3 to 5 percent interest through his company, G3 Capital Management. However, G3 Capital wasn’t a licensed and insured bank, and wasn’t authorized to issue certificates of deposit, according to the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Hale.

10:07am

Fri August 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Central KY Home Sales Rise

July's increase in residential home sales in Central Kentucky was the first for the housing market in more than a yea
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

For the first time in more than a year, monthly residential home sales rose in Central Kentucky. The 11.1 percent July increase also was notable because the effects of the federal homebuyer tax credit, which primarily ended in June 2010, were not a factor. "We do have good comparisons now year over year, which we did not have before this month," said Barb Curtis, president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors.

9:45am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Stocks Open Lower

In the first 15 minutes or so of trading on Wall Street, the stock market — as expected — headed south. But the decline was not precipitous. After initially falling about 100 points (around 1 percent), the Dow Jones industrial average recovered some and was off only around 50 points.

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9:15am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Third Haboob Of Summer Covers Phoenix In Sand And Dust

The area around Phoenix was hit by its third "haboob" of the summer last evening, as strong winds sent a huge cloud of sand and dust rolling over the area.

The Arizona Republic says that "blowing dust blanketed much of the Valley ... reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile."

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9:06am

Fri August 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Buzz Kill: Marijuana Genome Sequenced For Health, Not Highs

Originally published on Tue August 23, 2011 11:42 am

The scientists who sequenced the marijuana plant say they hope the next generation of pot will have stronger therapeutic compounds.
JUAN MABROMATA AFP/Getty Images

Stoners and scientists alike may be stoked to learn that a startup biotech company has completed the DNA sequence of Cannabis sativa, or marijuana. But here's something that could ruin a high: The company hopes the data will help scientists breed pot plants without much THC, the mind-altering chemical in the plant. The goal is instead to maximize other compounds that may have therapeutic benefits.

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9:01am

Fri August 19, 2011
Religion

The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare

Texas Gov. Rick Perry prays at The Response, his call to prayer for a nation in crisis on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston. The event was organized, in part, by members of the New Apostolic Reformation.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

An emerging Christian movement, that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture, in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role.

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