9:27am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Slight Lean Left Key In Right Win

Wisconsin, a left-leaning swing state, will be important for the next presidential election.
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Jeffrey H. Anderson was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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9:09am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Home Prices At 'New Recession Low'

There was a 4.2 percent drop in home prices during the first quarter according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report, which was just released.

And after the 3.6 percent decline in fourth-quarter 2010, prices have "hit a new recession low" and are down 5.1 percent from first-quarter 2010.

"Nationally, home prices are back to their mid-2002 levels," the report adds.

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9:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Cicadas Make Noisy Return

After 13 years, another life cycle of the periodical cicada, classified by entomologists as Brood XIX, sing their shrill tunes in western Kentucky. According to Douglas Johnson, University of Kentucky extension professor of entomology, this brood of cicadas emerged in Hopkins County around May 16 and will continue through June. Johnson is a resident of Princeton. The insects feed on sap in the roots of trees for 13 years during the nymph stage, and then come out of the ground, shed their shells and become adults. After breeding, they die.

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8:53am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Weiner Seeks Advice About Legal Action Over Lewd Twitpic

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Oct. 2, 2010, file photo.
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"New York Rep. Anthony Weiner [D] has retained an attorney to advise him 'what civil or criminal actions should be taken' after a lewd picture was sent from his Twitter account," Politico reports.

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8:50am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

The Root: Walking 8 Miles A Day For Winfrey's Wink

Helena Andrews is a regular contributor to The Root.

I met Oprah once. Well, actually, to be clear, I met Oprah, but I'm entirely positive that she didn't meet me.

In the fall of 2002, I had a fresh diploma from Columbia in one hand and a fistful of bills in the other. For the past four years, declaring myself an English-literature and creative-writing major seemed extremely old worldy.

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8:36am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Karzai: Afghans 'Can No Longer Tolerate' NATO Strikes That Hit Civilians

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking earlier today (May 31, 2011) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
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"Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses, issuing his strongest statement yet against strikes that the military alliance says are key to its war on Taliban insurgents," The Associated Press reports.

In the latest incident, AP says, "at least nine civilians were killed" Saturday in Helmand province during a NATO strike.

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8:28am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Rainy Spring Causes Issues for Vineyards

If you've had trouble mowing your lawn this rainy spring, you can relate to what Northern Kentucky's grape growers have been going through in tending their vineyards. Something that can harm a grape yield is fungus, which thrives on moisture. The wetter it is, the more growers feel compelled to spray their vines with fungicides to keep away problems like black rot and mildews.

8:17am

Tue May 31, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Hundreds Gather at Kentucky's Camp Nelson

Jean Miller celebrated Memorial Day at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville in honor of her husband and brother-in-law, who are both buried there. She and friend Dottie VanWinkle, both of Lexington, braved the early afternoon heat to be part of the annual memorial service that included stories from veterans and music by the West Jessamine High School Band.

8:14am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: GOP, Don't Turn Your Back To Teddy

Michael Green is a senior adviser and holds the Japan Chair at CSIS, as well as being an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University.

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8:10am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Northbound Interstate-95 Closed Near Richmond; Four Dead In Bus Crash

"Four people have been confirmed dead in an Interstate-95 bus wreck," The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, and the northbound side of the heavily traveled route is now closed starting at Exit 98 in Virginia's Caroline County.

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