1:02pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Business and the Economy

Energy Efficient Farms Split Funds

The state Wednesday announced the awarding of $773,447 in On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives grants. The program is a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy and Kentucky’s Department for Energy Development & Independence with funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy.

1:00pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Africa

Famine Affects Millions In Horn Of Africa

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:36 am

A Somali refugee mother and child sit in their makeshift hut on the edge of the Hagadera refugee camp on July 24. The camp makes up part of the giant Dadaab refugee settlement.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

The famine in Somalia is the first official famine declared by the United Nations since 1984, when nearly a million people died in Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan. Now, more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are desperately short on food, and the international community has pledged to respond.

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1:00pm

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

New England Lion Likely from Dakotas

A mountain lion hit and killed by a car in Milford, Conn., last month was a long way from home, most likely the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Biologists used DNA sampling and other physical evidence to link the 140-pound male cat to a journey of nearly 2,000 miles. The AP reports:

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12:59pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sound of an Underground Stream

Most people would never know the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek runs under downtown Lexington if they were not told. There has long been no visual or audible evidence of the rushing water that runs just below the high-rise buildings and busy streets of the city — until this week.

12:57pm

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

The Cost of AA vs AAA Ratings

Third Way

Over the past few weeks, there's been lots of talks about how a default would affect the United States economy. But over the past few days, the talk has shifted a bit to include talk of a growing possibility that even if Washington averts default, the country could still face a credit downgrade from its golden triple-A rating.

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12:14pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Politics

No Progress as Debt Default Looms

With the clock ticking down, Congress appeared no closer to a deal to raise the debt ceiling Wednesday as Republican and Democratic leaders worked to sell lawmakers on their competing plans.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he would rewrite his proposal to include more cuts after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said late Tuesday that the measure would reduce spending less than advertised. GOP leaders postponed a House vote on the plan but expected to reschedule it for Thursday.

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12:09pm

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Regardless, Lower Classes Lose

Professor and author Cornel West in 2008.
Richard Alan Hannon Getty Images

Dr. Cornell West isn't one to mince words.

In an interview with Tell Me More's Michele Martin, the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University took some heavy shots at the budget plans presented this week by Democrats and Republicans, who he believes are in the pocket of "Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats":

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12:00pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Sports

NFL's Longest Work Stoppage Ends

After more than four months, NFL players and owners have reached an agreement to end the lockout. NFL Players Union Head DeMaurice Smith tells host Michel Martin what he's most grateful about under the new deal and what was the toughest to give up. They also discuss what players were doing during the lockout, and what fans can expect this fall.

11:29am

Wed July 27, 2011
Opinion

Heavy Metal In Hipstamatic

A U.S. Marine from Battalion 1/8 inspects the optics of his rifle on Patrol Base Talibjan in Helmand province, before going on an operation on Jan. 21.
Teru Kuwayama

Teru Kuwayama is a photographer based in New York. A selection of his Basetrack photos are now featured in a digital book. Basetrack is supported by a 2010 News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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11:24am

Wed July 27, 2011
Asia

Weather Batters South Korea, Philippines

The death toll from storms that have lashed South Korea and the Philippines rose Wednesday as torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding.

South Korean officials said at least 32 people, including 10 college students, were killed when mudslides barreled through the capital city of Seoul and the northern town of Chuncheon.

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