Tue June 28, 2011

Apples Deemed Most Tainted by Pesticides

Apples are squarely in the cross-hairs of a recent report released by the Environmental Working Group. The fruit has been targeted as the “most dirty” on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables that it says are the most tainted by pesticides. Scott County fruit growers consider the data suspect, however, and adamantly defend their product.


Tue June 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bridges Public Hearing Draws Impatience

The first of two public comment hearings on the Ohio River Bridges Project was last night  in Clarksville.

Curtis Morrison with Say No 2 Bridge Tolls was in attendance to criticize the process.

“I have an issues with this being called a public input meeting,” Morrison said “when the governors and mayor got together and come up with a plan and they’re wanting us to give input on their plan, in my perspective that’s a little backwards.”

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Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Inpartiality of Witness in Doneghy Case Questioned

After hours of testimony Monday indicating that the driver who hit Lexington police officer Bryan Durman did so intentionally, defense attorneys called into question the impartiality of an expert witness because of an undisclosed business partnership with two officers.


Tue June 28, 2011

Job Worries Keep Consumer Confidence Down

A private research group reported Tuesday that U.S. consumers' confidence declined to a seven-month low as job worries increased.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 58.5 in June, down from a revised 61.7 in May. Economists had expected the figure to edge up to 61. The results follow an almost six-point drop from May to April, which had marked a six-month low.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Dipped Again This Month

Consumers, who drive the economy because they purchase about 70 percent of all goods and services, are less optimistic again this month about how things are going.

The private Conference Board just reported that its consumer confidence index fell 3.2 points in June from May, to 58.5.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Allows for More Explosive Holiday

A law passed by the state General Assembly earlier this year now allows the purchase and use of fireworks that shoot in the air, once prohibited in Kentucky. But both sellers and customers are being reminded that "safety and supervision remain the keys to a successful celebration," health and safety experts said.


Tue June 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Drunken Driving Persists in Kentucky

Twenty-three years have passed since the Carrollton bus crash claimed the lives of three adults and 24 children returning to Radcliff from a church-sponsored outing to Kings Island. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board listed Kentucky among states that have done the least to address hardcore drunken driving. The analysis is rooted in the NTSB’s 11 safety recommendations published in 2000, said Mark Rosekind, an NTSB board member. Of those 11 recommendations, Kentucky has implemented four.


Tue June 28, 2011

Former Lawmaker Nunn Pleads Guilty

Former state legislator Steve Nunn, the son of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn, appeared at a court hearing in Lexington today and pleaded guilty to killing his former fiancee, Amanda Ross, in September 2009, according to WKYT-TV. As part of a plea deal, Nunn will serve a sentence of life in prison without parole, the station reported.


Tue June 28, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota Camry "Most American Car"

A Georgetown-built vehicle has been named the most American-built car by the website Cars.com. For the third year in a row, the Toyota Camry built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind., was named No. 1 as determined by the Cars.com formula for “most American car.”

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Tue June 28, 2011
Planet Money

Christine Lagarde Will (Almost Certainly) Run The IMF

"I am pleased to announce our decision to support Christine Lagarde to head the International Monetary Fund," Tim Geithner said in a statement this morning.

Lagarde, the French finance minister, already had the backing of most of Europe, as well as China. Support from the U.S. effectively seals the deal: Lagarde will run the IMF.

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