Thu July 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Updated Firework Ordinance for Winchester

The Winchester Board of Commissioners will draft an updated ordinance to set specifics for the use of civilian aerial fireworks, including when they can be sold and when they can be set off. Police Chief Kevin Palmer, Fire-EMS Chief Eric Hunter and Fire Marshal Rob Carmichael spoke to the commission Tuesday and expressed safety concerns because of the high level of complaints they received over the Fourth of July, when HB 333 allowed a higher grade of civilian fireworks to be sold in Kentucky.


Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Power Plant to Lay Off Workers

Aaron Sink
Mark Grayson Levisa Lazer

Big Sandy Power plant manager Aaron Sink told Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday that his company will be forced to shut down half of the facility's production of electricity by 2014 and lay off nearly 100 of its 120 employees if changes are not made in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new standards.


Thu July 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Modesty Upgrade Coming To Some Airport Scanners

Originally published on Wed July 27, 2011 11:36 am

A sign at Chicago's Midway Airport informs travelers about the millimeter wave scanners used to screen passengers.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It may have seemed that the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration turned a deaf ear to Americans who objected to the virtually naked images created by whole-body airport scanners. But it turns out, they heard.

Over the next few months TSA says it will retrofit 241 of its 488 airport scanners with software that's so unrevealing anybody, including passengers, can look at the pictures.

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Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Uncertain Future for Aviation Center

The Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education may have to move to Southern Indiana if an agreement to build a 12,000-square-foot facility at Frankfort's Capital City Airport falls through. Tim Smith, a teacher at Frankfort High School and chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization, says he’s got a lease in hand for use of a hangar at the airport – but no signature. The deal was contingent upon a corporate entity signing on to occupy a second hangar, but no one bid on the project. That’s hindering the group’s fundraising chances for the project, he said, and it could force the institute to move to another airport.


Thu July 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Excessive Heat Warning Remains

It’s official - it’s excessively hot outside. The National Weather Service in Louisville has placed most of central Kentucky and southern Indiana under an excessive heat warning. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 97 degrees, but combined with humidity, it could feel as hot as 115. Friday and Saturday also have heat indexes ranging from 105 to 115. Temperatures in the low to mid-90s will continue into next week. To avoid peak temperatures, the weather service recommends that strenuous outdoor activities be scheduled for the early morning or evening hours.


Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

United Auto Workers Prepare Negotiations

Mike Hathaway installs Corvette windshield seals and tops Tuesday at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Miranda Penderson Bowling Green Daily News

By all accounts, next week could be a watershed for automakers and the United Auto Workers when contract negotiations begin. The UAW will be negotiating with the nation’s Big Three automakers, including General Motors, which builds Chevrolet Corvettes at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant. GM and Chrysler were facing bankruptcy and Ford was saddled with debt during contract negotiations in 2009. All three were struggling to survive and many concessions were made by the unions just so workers would have jobs. But the landscape has changed.


Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Poll: Half Of Americans Say Ending Shuttle Program Is Bad For Country

Just hours after Atlantis touched down in Florida, CNN released a poll that found 50 percent of Americans say that ending the shuttle program is "bad for the country."

CNN reports:

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Thu July 21, 2011

National Chairman Of ALEC Responds To Report

Louisiana Rep. Nobel E. Ellington has been a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 1995. He serves on several committees, including Appropriations and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
Louisiana House of Representatives

The Nation recently published a series of pieces about the relationship that local and state-based Republican legislators have with a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a membership-only group that brings together state legislators, interest groups and corporate representatives to draft model bills that can then be introduced at the state level of government.

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Thu July 21, 2011
Around the Nation

The Agony Of The Heat

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:38 am

Leena Allen, 9, tries to beat the miserable heat by standing in front of a misting fan during a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

The eastern U.S. felt the full, blazing brunt Thursday of a heat wave that began in the Plains and has strained tempers and electricity grids from Tulsa to Boston amid record temperatures and stifling humidity.

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Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Schleck Wins In Alps, Climbing Into Second Place In Tour De France

Andy Schleck climbs Galibier pass, where he won the 18th stage of the 2011 Tour de France. Thursday's 124.6-mile course ran between Pinerolo and Galibier Serre-Chevalier ski resort.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Andy Schleck has shaken up the 2011 Tour de France, attacking in the Alps on the hardest stage of the 2,131-mile Tour. Schleck made his move on the second intensely steep climb of the day, bursting out of the pack that held rivals Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador, along with overall race leader Thomas Voeckler.

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