Tue July 26, 2011

In Sweden, A Tempered Approach To Nuclear Waste

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 8:13 pm

European geologists have conducted experiments in caverns like this one, at the Aspo Hard Rock Laboratory, since 1995. The Swedish nuclear company SKB hopes to store used nuclear fuel more than 1,500 feet below ground.
Ingrid Becker KQED

First in a two-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Read Part 2

At least two dozen countries around the globe get energy from nuclear power, yet not one has been able to pull off a permanent disposal site. Finding communities willing to live with such dangerous stuff has been a big sticking point. But in Sweden, two communities have stepped up, and are willing to take the country's waste.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bowing To Pressure, McDonald's Makes Happy Meals More Healthful

McDonald's cutting down on french fries and adding more healthful items, such as apple slices, to Happy Meals.
Bill Parrish Photography McDonald's

The Happy Meal is headed for a nutrition overhaul.

Bowing to pressure that its kids' meals haven't been healthful enough, McDonald's will downsize french fries and put a fresh fruit or veggie in every Happy Meal.

Apple slices have long been an option with the Happy Meal. But the problem has been that parents have to ask for them in lieu of french fries. That's about to change.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Conflict In Libya

U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover at the front line near the southwest desert town of Gualish on July 24, as Gadhafi forces started attacking them in an attempt to capture the city.
Colin Summers AFP/Getty Images

It's been more than four months since NATO launched an attack on Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Since then, opposition forces have gained ground with help from NATO airstrikes, but Gadhafi's military is holding firm so far.

President Obama and other leaders have called on Gadhafi to leave, but he's clearly not listening. Now, the conflict in Libya has turned into a complicated waiting game.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

7 Counties Declared Disaster Areas

President Barack Obama has declared seven Eastern Kentucky counties a disaster area as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 19-23. The state government and local governments — as well as some non-profit organizations — in Bell, Breathitt, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin and Perry counties will be eligible for federal aid to help pay for emergency work and repairing facilities damaged by the severe weather.


Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Medal of Honor Demanded for Kentuckian

Pikeville's Chase Goodman is hoping that Kentucky native Dakota Meyer gets nationwide recognition for the Medal of Honor he's to receive for braving enemy fire to retrieve the bodies of four buddies in Afghanistan in 2009. And he hopes the medal will make more Americans aware of the military errors and oversights that, Goodman believes, led to the four men's deaths. Goodman has a personal interest in the story: his half-brother, Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., was one of the four men Meyer tried to save.


Tue July 26, 2011
Statehouse News

Homeless Voter Registration to be Discussed

Secretary of State Elaine Walker and Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown will address state legislators this afternoon on the issues surrounding homeless voter registration. They will speak before the Interim Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs to talk about the concerns raised over a memo last month from the Kentucky Board of Elections on the process for homeless voter registration.


Tue July 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Production Down this Year

Toyota Motor Corp. announced Monday that its production dropped 23.3 percent worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Company officials say the March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely affected the parts supply, leading to production slowdowns. The supply issue remains a concern at some North American and Japanese plants. But in Georgetown, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky has been running at 100 percent production since June.


Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Revisiting That Default Deadline: Could Extra Tax Revenue Buy A Little Time?

Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April.
Andrew Harrer Bloomberg via Getty Images

For weeks now, President Obama and the Treasury have fixated on an Aug. 2 deadline at which, they say, the United States will not be able to meet its financial obligations and would default for the first time in history.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

A Somber Return for a Soldier

Members of the Patriot Guard salute as the casket is taken from the aircraft Monday.
Terry Prather Ledger Independent

With members of his family and community standing near, the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers was lowered from a chartered jet to the waiting grasp of an honor guard from the U.S. Army, Forward Support Company, 19th Engineering Battalion, at Bluegrass Airport on Monday. Summers, 27, died in Afghanistan, July 14, after a small arms attack by enemy troops on July 13.


Tue July 26, 2011

Murray Schools to be Tobacco-Free

Murray Independent Schools will be completely tobacco-free following a decision by board members at during a special-called session. The new policy bans all tobacco use on school grounds beginning Jan. 1.