10:40am

Mon July 11, 2011
U.S.

Lesbian Couples Boosting Gay Marriage Numbers

In Boston, experience suggests that pent-up demand for marriage among gays and lesbians will drive a wedding windfall, but it's usually short-lived.

"When marriage is new in a state, there's a surge at the beginning, but then after about a year, that rate starts to slow down. So you see patterns in which same-sex couples are marrying at roughly the same rate as different-sex couples," UCLA demographer Gary Gates says.

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10:15am

Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

FBI: No Indication Stun Gun Found On Plane Was To Be Used In Attack

Disturbing stories from Sunday night about a stun gun being found aboard a JetBlue plane at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey are being followed this morning with word from the FBI that there's no evidence at this time that the weapon was to be used in an attack.

The Associated Press writes that:

"Newark FBI spokesman Bryan Travers says there's no indication that an attack was imminent. He says the investigation is focusing mostly on how the stun gun ended up on the flight."

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10:02am

Mon July 11, 2011
Education

Kentucky School Rank Improves

Kentucky's national education ranking has risen more dramatically than virtually any other state since 1990. That's according to the Index of Educational Progress prepared by researchers at University of Kentucky. The index combines multiple educational attainment and achievement factors. Kentucky climbed from 48th in 1990 to 33rd in 2009. Only one other state (North Carolina) advanced out of the bottom 10 with double-digit gains.

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9:55am

Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Brazil's 'Magnet Boy': Latest In A Series Of Attractive Stories

We'll get back to the serious stuff shortly. Like deficit reduction.

Now, though, it's time for a little human magnet news.

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9:53am

Mon July 11, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Wind Power Before Mason County Board

Controversy continues over the possibility of wind turbines being erected in western Mason County. Concerned citizens attended the regular monthly meeting of the Mason County Joint Planning Commission last week. NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based company, began conducting studies last year to determine if wind turbines could be feasible in Mason and Bracken counties.

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9:49am

Mon July 11, 2011
Science/Health

Deadly Game Motivates Teen

Haley Cunningham is warning of the dangers of the "choking game."
Lexington Herald-Leader

Two years ago, Hayley Cunningham lost her cousin to a deadly game she'd never heard of. Her cousin was found dead in his bedroom after accidentally choking himself, the result of an increasingly fatal practice gaining popularity among middle-school students known as the "choking game." It involves near-strangulation that provides a brief floaty feeling and fainting. After grieving her cousin's death, Cunningham decided she wanted to educate others and maybe save a life.

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9:46am

Mon July 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hot Day in Kentucky

Very hot and humid conditions will dominate Kentucky's weather today. The National Weather Service predicts heat index values will reach over 110 degrees west of Interstate 65 for a few hours this afternoon. East of I-65, expect the highest heat index values to range from 100 to 109 degrees. If spending time outdoors today, remember to drink plenty of water if you plan to be outdoors and try to reschedule outdoor activities for the morning or late evening, the NWS said.

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9:44am

Mon July 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Ghost Hunting Reduces Stigma

Ron and Lori Coffey, at Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, are members of Gateway Paranormal Society. The group looks for reasons before they look for ghosts.
Brooke Didanato Lexington Herald-Leader

Their conventional occupations as a retired school teacher, emergency room clerk and firefighter don't hint that in their spare time, Ron and Lori Coffey and Howard Hamilton investigate reports of ghost sightings. The trio are members of the Mount Sterling-based Gateway Paranormal Society, one of numerous teams statewide that investigate paranormal activity in private homes, historical sites and cemeteries. The groups say that as the pastime has become more popular, the stigma is beginning to end. Known as ghost hunters, they consider the searches not just a hobby but services to provide help to people.

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8:55am

Mon July 11, 2011
The Two-Way

'Special Announcement' From Tiger Woods Today? Maybe Not

June 28, 2011, file photo: Tiger Woods.
Hunter Martin Getty Images

This is rather odd.

Many media outlets — except the one on which he's supposed to be appearing — are saying that golfer Tiger Woods will be making a "special announcement" of some kind on The Golf Channel at 11 a.m. ET.

We called The Golf Channel's headquarters in Orlando and all we could get out of them was "stay tuned to see." No confirmation, even, of whether Woods will be on.

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8:30am

Mon July 11, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: No More Metaphors For Democrats

Mark Schmitt is a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and former editor of The American Prospect.

It's a choice between "kids' safety" and "tax breaks for corporate jets" according to President Obama's clearest explanation of the budget showdown in a press conference last Wednesday. The Republicans' staggering refusal to consider even the most minimal efforts to close tax loopholes — because it would cross the line of their blood-oath to tax lobbyist Grover Norquist — was boiled down to the tangible phrase, repeated six times, "corporate jets."

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