4:53pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Considers Redistricting Strategy

A group of 15 citizens in Lexington is moving ahead with a reworking of the cities’ council districts.  The panel has split into three groups. Committee members crowded around computer screens… reviewing numbers.  They’re drawing new district boundaries so they better represent population shifts within Fayette County.

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4:47pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Finishes 4th in Dirty Air

A newly released report says Kentucky has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. You can’t see the particles emitted from coal burning power plants, but they’re thick in Kentucky’s air. That’s according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The NRDC says Kentucky has the fourth dirtiest air in the nation. The group analyzed data gathered by the Environmental Protection Agency and ranked states accordingly. John Walke works on clean air policy for the environmental group.

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4:36pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Law

Hunger Strike Puts Focus On Calif. Prison Conditions

Demonstrators hold up a sign during a rally in front of the State Building in San Francisco on July 1 to support prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison. Inmates in an isolation unit at the prison went on a hunger strike to protest conditions they describe as inhumane. The hunger strike later spread to other facilities.
Paul Sakuma AP

It appears that a three-week hunger strike by prisoners in California has ended. Officials with the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say inmates have started eating again after some of their demands were met. Chief among those demands was an end to long-term solitary confinement.

Advocates for prisoners say they can't confirm that the strike has actually ended.

Solitary Confinement Criticized

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4:33pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Reviews Possible Risk Of Rare Cancer From Bone Drugs

Back in 2006, you could see a race car advertising Boniva, an osteoporosis drug, that belongs to a group that's under a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.
Rusty Jarrett Getty Images for NASCAR

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to figure out, once and for all, if popular osteoporosis pills can increase the risk of throat cancer.

For now, the agency said the benefits of the medicines in reducing the risk of bone fractures in people with osteoporosis still outweigh the risks. The drugs belong to a group called bisphosphonates and include such brand names as Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel.

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3:44pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

In Arab TV Interview, Netanyahu Says 'Everything Is On The Table'

A screen grab of Benjamin Netanyahu on Al Arabiya.
Al Arabiya

In an interview with Al Arabiya News, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, "Everything is on the table. But we need to get to the table."

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3:39pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Business

One Year Later, Financial Reform Questions Remain

President Obama signs the financial reform bill into law, July 21, 2010. Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), then Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and other lawmakers look on.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

A year ago Thursday, jubilant Democratic lawmakers — including then-Sen. Christopher Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank — joined President Obama on stage as the president signed a new financial reform law.

"The American people will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street's mistakes. There will be no more tax-funded bailouts — period," Obama said.

The so-called Dodd-Frank Act will mean no firms are too big to fail, the president said.

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3:21pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Algae on the Go

Growing Algae Based Oil in the Lab
Stu Johnson Weku

The algae which once blanketed the prehistoric earth could help power Kentucky’s cars.  Within ten years, plant and soil sciences professor Joe Chappell says algae under study at the University of Kentucky could provide a high value oil.

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3:19pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

UK Football Will "Rise" This Season

University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips is confident he has the offensive arsenal needed to take on the SEC this season. The Wildcats no longer have Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb to run and catch the ball, but Phillips says his team has worked through transitions before.

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3:18pm

Thu July 21, 2011
All Politics are Local

Galbraith Makes it Official—Almost

Independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith filed the necessary paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office Thursday to be on the November ballot, but the perennial contender forgot to bring his campaign treasurer with him. Independent candidates must turn in at least 5,000 signatures to be placed on the general election ballot and Galbraith, who has run for governor four times before, carried 7,396 signatures with him. But state law also requires a candidate’s treasurer sign the proper documents as well.

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3:16pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Bloomberg Funds “Beyond Coal” Campaign

This morning, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million grant to the Sierra Club, to be doled out over four years. The Sierra Club says they’ll use the money for their “Beyond Coal”campaign, which works to transition the nation away from coal.The Sierra Club said the gift from Bloomberg will effectively retire one-third of America’s aging coal-fired power plants by 2020, and replace them with clean energy.  The announcement was made in front of a power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

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