4:02pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Education

Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning

Kindergartners at KIPP Empowerment Academy in South Los Angeles work on laptops while in another corner of the room, a group of students do an activity with a teacher.
Larry Abramson NPR

Part 1 of a two-part report.

Many school districts are reluctantly cutting staff and dropping courses in a desperate effort to respond to tighter budgets. But some educators are looking at ways to save money and improve instruction at the same time.

The answer for some schools: blended learning, which is part computer lesson, part classroom instruction.

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3:54pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Double Standard? US Airways Allows Man Wearing Panties To Fly

You remember we wrote about the University of New Mexico football player who was arrested at a San Francisco airport for his sagging pants, right?

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3:10pm

Wed June 22, 2011
It's All Politics

The Republican Presidential Field: Why Are They All Running?

Underwhelmed by Tuesday's formal announcement of candidacy by Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., some may ask why he's running for president.

Those asking might include people who had not heard of Huntsman heretofore, or who read a glowing magazine profile of him and expected more from his Statue of Liberty speech on Tuesday. Note to future candidates: If you kick off your campaign from a spot famously used by Ronald Reagan, be prepared to be compared – and not favorably.

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3:08pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Berea Delays Fairness Ordinance Decision

On Tuesday night, the Berea City Council announced it will take longer than expected to come to a decision about the possibility of a city fairness ordinance.  The council has held public forums on the ordinance, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace and housing market due to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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3:06pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Non-Profits Lose Tax-Exempt Status

More than 3,000 Kentucky nonprofits recently lost their tax-exempt status with the IRS and a few are working to reverse that. The thousands of nonprofit organizations that lost their tax-exempt status with the IRS represent a wide range of interests, including county fair associations, American Legion chapters, and religious groups. Danielle Clore of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network says the groups were affected by the 2006 federal Pension and Protection Act.

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3:04pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Atty Agrees with Court's Wal-Mart Ruling

A Kentucky attorney who has worked extensively in employment litigation says he agrees with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a sexual discrimination case against Wal-Mart. The court ruled this week that the case involving more than 1.5 million plaintiffs cannot proceed as a class action.

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3:02pm

Wed June 22, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth, Colleagues Urge “Sizable” Troop Withdrawal

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville is among a bi-partisan group of House lawmakers who signed a letter to President Obama urging him to begin a “significant and sizable” reduction in U.S. forces in Afganistan starting next month. The president will detail his troop drawdown plan in an address to the nation tonight. Defense officials have said that Mr. Obama plans to call for an initial withdrawal of 5,000 troops, followed by 5,000 more by the end of the year.

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3:00pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Middle East

Syria Faces Pressure From A Reliable Ally

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem lashed out Wednesday at new economic sanctions from Europe, but promised democracy in Syria within months.

In a television address, Moallem accused Europe of playing with fire for imposing a new round of economic sanctions. We will forget that Europe is on the map, he said.

But Moallem also called on Syrian dissidents to come to Damascus for talks. He invited political exiles home and promised constitutional change, adding meat to the bones of President Bashar Assad's speech Monday.

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3:00pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Finds Silicone Breast Implants Safe, But Prone To Fail With Age

New York plastic surgeon Brad Jacobs holds a silicone gel breast implant in 2006. That year the FDA allowed silicone implants back on the market, after a 14- year hiatus.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Today the Food and Drug Administration said that silicone breast implants are generally safe, when used as intended. And the devices don't seem to cause autoimmune disease, breast cancer, or reproductive problems, as some previous reports had suggested.

But the agency also said that women frequently have problems with the implants, so much so that they often have to have surgery to remove or replace them.

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2:13pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

19 Arrested in Mercer Drug Roundup

Law enforcement conducted a sweeping roundup of drug offenders Tuesday that so far has netted 19 people in Mercer County. Sheriff Ernie Kelty said officers from his agency and Harrodsburg and Burgin police departments got an early start, executing warrants stemming from 34 sealed indictments on drug-trafficking charges. The raids started about 5 a.m., and all those arrested were in custody by 10 a.m.

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