9:45am

Tue August 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Fitch Ratings Affirms United States' AAA Rating

Fitch Ratings, one of the big three ratings agencies, announced today that it was keeping a AAA rating for the United States.

The agency said in a press release that the affirmation "reflects the fact that the key pillars of US's exceptional creditworthiness remains intact." The agency added:

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9:44am

Tue August 16, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

'Ankle Phone Call' Could Save Time And Money In The ER

In 2009, more than 30 percent of ER visits for lower limb injuries came from sprains and strains, a study found.
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Got a bum leg or ankle?

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9:24am

Tue August 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Letter: Phone Hacking 'Was Widely' Discussed At U.K. Tabloid

A letter made public today by Britain's House of Commons puts into question just how much top brass at News of the World knew about illegal phone hacking practices. The letter, written by Clive Goodman, a former News of the World royal correspondent convicted of phone hacking, says the "practice was widely discussed in the daily editorial conference, until explicit reference to it was banned by the Editor."

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8:33am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Survey: Cell Phones Help Users Avoid Others

Even if your cell phone has been switched off, it still has at least one use: avoiding other people. A new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that young adults frequently use their phones to avoid interaction.

8:31am

Tue August 16, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

UK to Research Carbon Capture

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that it’s giving the University of Kentucky a $14 million grant earmarked for coal technology research. Carbon capture and sequestration is a process by which carbon dioxide is removed from power plant emissions, then injected deep underground. It’s controversial because it’s very costly and many of the available technologies decrease power plants’ efficiency.

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8:30am

Tue August 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Survivor Of Bataan Death March Dies; Albert Brown Was 105

We'll pause for a moment to consider a remarkable life:

"Albert Brown, the oldest living World War II veteran and survivor of the 65-mile forced World War II trek known as the Bataan Death March, has died," Illinois' The Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports.

He was 105 and passed away Sunday at a nursing home in Nashville, Ill.

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8:29am

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Power Outages Plague Louisville

As of 6:00am this morning, 10,800 LG&E customers in Jefferson County are without power.

LG&E/KU Outage Map

There are still many intersections without working traffic lights, so be careful as you approach and treat such intersections as a four-way stop.

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8:23am

Tue August 16, 2011
Education

BCTC Breaks Ground

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is expanding. Not only did the college begin construction on a new building today, it also broke ground on a new campus. The new four-story, 28-million dollar building is set to house eleven academic programs, including Computer Information Technology and will host about a thousand students upon completion. BCTC President Augusta Julian explained why the expansion has the potential to be transformative.

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8:19am

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Joins SMART 911 Program

Fayette and four other Kentucky Counties are now participating in a nationwide SMART 9-1-1 service. City police and fire officials provided details of the new data collection system on Monday.

Lexington E 9-1-1 director David Lucas says residents can register for free at a special website, and provide as much detailed information as they want. In the event of an emergency 9-1-1 call, dispatchers would then be able to relay that information to emergency personnel.

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8:14am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

What's The Hurry? App Recommends Scenic Routes

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 8:38 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The point of using GPS navigation is to find the quickest way between point A and B. Now a new phone app encourages travelers to slow down and enjoy the scenery. The free BMW app lets users upload routes offering the loveliest views plus eateries. One Arkansas route takes driver to the state's oldest continuously operated general store. Another alerts drives outside Denver to watch for bighorn sheep. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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