1:06pm: In Baghdad today, the U.S. military officially declared an end to the war in Iraq, a war that cost more than 4,000 U.S. lives, and the lives countless Iraqis. But as the war ends, and all the troops come home by the end of the year, a story in today’s New York Times probes one of the darkest days of the war, the massacre by U.S. Marines of two dozen Iraqis in Haditha in 2005. Reporter Michael Schmidt discovered pages of interrogations of the Marines in a Baghdad junkyard.

1:12pm: When we buy products with a “fair trade” label, we assume the products come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated and treated ethically. But a Bloomberg News investigation found that in some cases, the fair trade label might be masking some of the worst labor practices. Bloomberg found children working in slave-like conditions in the West African country of Burkina Faso, growing and picking the cotton that is used in millions of pieces of clothing sold by Victoria’s Secret.

1:35pm: Can small businesses really grow enough to help the overall economy? Our Changing Gears team has been looking at magic bullets – the big ideas that can solve our economic crisis. Today, in the final installment of our series, we take a look at small businesses and the impact of the jobs they create.

1:40pm: Last Saturday, Amazon made a special offer to customers with mobile phones: Go to a brick and mortar shop, use Amazon’s price check app to scan the bar code for the price on something you want. If you then buy the item online from Amazon, the company will give you an extra 5% off three purchases. The offer angered Main Street businesses, who say it turned their businesses into show rooms for Amazon. Amazon defended the promotion saying it was just helping consumers save money. We’ll talk about it this hour.

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Guard Unit Returning To Louisville Under Iraq Drawdown

by Rick Howlett November 1, 2011

Nearly 50 Kentucky National Guard troops are due to arrive in Louisville tomorrow after a three-month stint in Iraq. Guard Captain Stephen Martin says the returning soldiers are members of the 198th Military Police Battalion. “This is part of the drawdown and transferring the military portion of the mission over there to civilian agencies and […]

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Kentucky Native to Receive Medal of Honor Today

by Gabe Bullard September 15, 2011

A Kentucky native will receive the Medal of Honor today. Two years ago in Afghanistan, then-Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer ran into a firefight to search for ambushed comrades. He later helped retrieve four of their bodies. Meyer says he felt like a failure afterward and didn’t expect to be recognized for his actions. After his […]

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Kentucky Guard Members Deployed Overseas Will Lessen, But Not Cease

by admin September 12, 2011

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan mean fewer people from National Guard units in Kentucky will be heading overseas, according to Brigadier General Lonnie Culver. “As we draw down, the Kentucky National Guard deployments will lessen as well, Culver, who is also the Deputy Adjutant General for the […]

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McConnell Asks Holder To Reconsider Iraqis’ Trial Site

by Rick Howlett July 5, 2011

From the Associated Press U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder repeating his request to reconsider holding civilian trials for two Iraqis arrested in Bowling Green last month. McConnell released that letter on Tuesday, saying the decision to treat Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi as […]

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Civilians Get Glimpse of National Guard Life

by admin July 3, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Several civilian employers recently got a taste of military life at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where some of their workers are preparing for Deployment with the National Guard. They took a flight aboard a C-130 Hercules, had a Meal Ready to Eat for lunch, and watched a live fire training session. […]

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Terror Suspects Arrested in Bowling Green Due in Court

by admin June 7, 2011

by Dan Modlin, Kentucky Public Radio Two Iraqi men who are facing terrorism charges are due in court tomorrow (Wednesday) in Bowling Green. The hearing will determine whether the men should be held without bail while their case is pending. The two were indicted on 23 counts in connection with their alleged attempts to provide […]

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Two In Kentucky Charged With Plotting Iraq Attacks

by Rick Howlett May 31, 2011

From Kevin Willis, Kentucky Public Radio Two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green are facing charges that they tried to send Stinger missles, sniper rifles and money to Al-Qaida in their home country. A 23-count federal indictment was unsealed today against 30 year old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23 year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who […]

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In Wide-Ranging Speech, Biden Discusses Egypt, Bipartisanship, War

by Sheila Ash February 11, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned shortly before Biden took the stage at the University of Louisville McConnell Center. The Vice President began his remarks with a comment on the situation.

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Many Soldiers Marking Holiday In War Zone

by Rick Howlett November 24, 2010

“A hot meal when you’ve been eating MRE’s for two to three months, it’s pretty special,” said Rick Rzepka, a Fort Campbell spokesperson.

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