5:04pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Ends Obama Ends 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

President Obama has notified Congress that all the requirements have been met to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned gays from serving openly in the military.

The policy will come to end in 60 days.

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4:46pm

Fri July 22, 2011
NPR Story

Officials Certify Repeal Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will not harm military readiness. That's a crucial step that will lead to the end of the law that barred homosexuals from serving openly in the United States military. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Rachel Martin, who has the latest from the Pentagon.

4:24pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Statehouse News

Jury Indicts Another Nursing Home Head

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions Friday announced the indictment of a second former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins. A Letcher County grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday against 25-year-old Jonah Tackett on two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, all Class D felonies.

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4:16pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville Slugger Loses Appeal

An appeal by Louisville Slugger to the Supreme Court of Montana was unanimously rejected Thursday.  The appeal was filed in response to a 2006 judgment. In 2003, 18-year-old pitcher Brandon Patch died after a baseball hit him in the face. The ball was struck by an aluminum bat made by Louisville Slugger.

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4:14pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Science/Health

Lawmakers Denounce Hospital Merger

Joining state lawmakers and hundreds of residents, three members of the Louisville Metro Council are criticizing the pending merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Council members Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, and Marianne Butler, D-15, signed a petition that will appear as a half-page advertisement in the Courier-Journal this weekend, which protests the hospital merger and says it will “stop vital medical procedures” for residents in the area.

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4:09pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Research News

New Device Reduces Seizures, No Surgery Required

A experimental device that delivers electrical pulses to the forehead can help control epileptic seizures, say scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The device works by stimulating the trigeminal nerve, which runs just beneath the skin covering the eyebrows. Electrical signals follow that nerve to areas in the brain where seizures often begin, researchers say.

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3:44pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Summer Heat Puts Stress On New England Power Grid

Sweltering heat continued Friday, moving from the Ohio Valley to the East Coast and straining regional power grids.

As temperatures head into near record-breaking territory, demand for power is also getting close to capacity, but authorities in New England say they don't expect to top the record usage set in the summer of 2006. And they're confident they can continue to meet demand.

It's as sure as spring turning to summer. Every time temperatures soar past 90 degrees, fans and conditioners fly off store shelves.

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3:37pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ichthus Concert Venue for Sale

The oldest Christian music festival in the nation may not come back for a 43rd year. The Ichthus Festival draws tens of thousands of people to a large field in Wilmore, Kentucky, but the event is struggling financially. CEO Mark Vermillion says Ichthus can no longer rely on just ticket sales.

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3:34pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Heat and the Homeless

The heat wave poses a considerable risk to central Kentuckians who can find no shelter.   Kenneth Newton at Lexington’s Hope Homeless Center is seeing as many men today as he sees in the dead of winter. “Well, right now we are dealing with our winter time numbers.  If there was a major blizzard outside, that’s the type of numbers we are dealing with tonight,” said Newton.

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3:29pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

History Shows Medicare Can Be Cut While Sparing Beneficiaries

Lately you'd think President Obama was threatening to push Granny off the cliff.

That's pretty much been the reaction of liberal Democrats to even the hint that the president might consider reductions in spending for Medicare as part of a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

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