11:13 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Lexus ES 350 to be Produced in Kentucky; 750 New Jobs Expected

An earlier model of the Lexus ES 350.
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GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Toyota will start building the Lexus ES 350 at its Georgetown, Ky. plant in 2015, producing the luxury brand for the first time in the United States.

The Japanese car company said Friday that the Georgetown plant will build about 50,000 of the vehicles each year, creating 750 new jobs.

The Georgetown plant currently assembles the Camry, Avalon and Venza models as well as their hybrid counterparts. The plant employs about 6,600 people.

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9:54 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Timeline of the Search for Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

BOSTON — Key moments related to the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, based on reports from the Middlesex County district attorney, Massachusetts State Police, and Boston police.

— At 5:10 p.m. Thursday, investigators of the bombings release photographs and video of two suspects. They ask for the public's help in identifying the men.

— Around 10:20 p.m., shots are fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, just outside Boston.

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8:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Cowsills: Siblings Share a Musical Family's Joy, Pain in Documentary

In the late 1960s, The Cowsills, a family band from Rhode Island,  rose to pop music stardom with hit singles like “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,”

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It's All Politics
6:25 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Newtown Residents: Senate Gun Votes 'A Slap In The Face'

Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, holds a picture of the two of them as he testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 5:47 pm

Following the Senate's rejection Wednesday of a range of gun control measures, including universal background checks, many in Newtown, Conn., are reacting with surprise and disappointment. The town is still stricken with grief from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December that took the lives of 20 students and six adults.

On Thursday morning, Mike Cragin stopped by the Dunkin' Donuts in Newtown with his bulldog, Truman.

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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 7:11 am

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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5:21 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Kentucky Will Develop New Strategy to Reduce Nutrient Pollution

Kentucky regulators say the state will develop a more comprehensive strategy for controlling nutrient water pollution, which commonly comes from sources like sewage treatment plants and agricultural runoff. Regulators from a dozen states and five federal agencies met in Louisville today to discuss the pollution, and how it contributes to hypoxia.

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4:48 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Tuition Capped at 3 Percent for Kentucky Public Universities

FRANKFORT — The Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases at public colleges and universities at 3 percent.

The cap applies to in-state undergraduate students for the upcoming school year.

A statement from the council says it is the smallest average tuition increase for Kentucky public institutions in more than a decade.

Council President Bob King said the board felt that tuition increases should be kept "as minimal as possible" given the "challenging economic environment" that students are facing.

4:33 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Bill to Hasten Start of Indiana Online Sales Tax Collection Stalls in State Senate

Republican state senators in Indiana have blocked a vote on a bill that would force and some other online-only retailers to start collecting Indiana's seven percent sales tax this summer.

The bill, which had cleared the House by a wide margin, was scheduled for a Senate vote Thursday until the Senate Republican caucus decided to have the measure pulled for more negotiations.

The bill would require Amazon to start online sales tax collection in July, six months earlier than under a deal that former Gov. Mitch Daniels brokered with the company last year.

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
4:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boston Bombings Bring Out The 'Crowdsleuthers'

One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is investigated and guarded by police in the wake of Monday's attack.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:46 pm

If you were at the Boston Marathon wearing a backpack, chances are some citizen sleuth has pored over your photo in the hunt for possible suspects in Monday's blasts.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coolers, Big Purses Added to List of Banned Items for Kentucky Derby and Oaks

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Added to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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