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L E X I NG TO N EKU football’s Denham maximizes his possibilities WEEKENDER: ‘BYE BYE BIRDIE’ How actor Steve Zahn met his wife on the musical’s stage PLUS: ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ on DVD + ‘Wimpy Kid’ + Le Deauville + ‘Steel Battalion’ + hundreds more things to do AUGUST 3, 2012 MARK STORY PAGE B1 | FRIDAY | METRO FINAL EDITION $1.00 1 U.S., state at odds on mining cleanup London Olympics SWIMMING BASKETBALL MEDAL COUNT Country GSB T United States 18 9 10 37 China 18 11 5 34 Japan 2 6 11 19 Germany 4 8 5 17 Russia 3 6 8 17 France 6 4 6 16 Britain 5 6 4 15 South Korea 7 2 5 14 Italy 4 5 2 11 Australia 1 7 3 11 INSIDE FEDS WANT LARGER RECLAMATION BONDS By John Cheves jcheves@herald-leader.com PHELPS WINS GOLD DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZA | ASSOCIATED PRESS Michael Phelps beat Ryan Lochte and the field Thursday in the 200-meter individual medley for his 20th medal. DAVIS ADDS 9 TO ROUT ERIC GAY | ASSOCIATED PRESS Anthony Davis and Team USA scorched Nigeria 156-73 in Thursday’s preliminaries. AMERICANS ARE BEAMING WITH PRIDE Rounding up Thursday’s action and what to watch for Friday. Sports, Page B1 A dressage horse co-owned by the wife of Mitt Romney gets its day at the Olympics. Page A8 GYMNASTICS ‘FLYING SQUIRREL’ MAKES HISTORY GREGORY BULL | ASSOCIATED PRESS On Thursday, Gabby Douglas, 16, became the first black woman to win the Olympic all-around gymnastics championship. It also was the third straight title for an American at the Summer Games. FRANKFORT — Kentucky fails to make the coal industry pay enough to clean up the environmental wreckage it leaves behind, according to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining. Though state and federal regulators are negotiating this summer in an attempt to solve the problem, Kentucky lawmakers said Thursday the criticism is another example of President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.” Making companies pay larger reclamation bonds — as required by a 1977 federal law on surface mining — is a political move intended to destroy coal companies, the lawmakers said at a joint meeting of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment. “They want to make coal mining illegal,” said Rep. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, who has various business interests in the coal industry. “I don’t want to roll over dead and play stoolie in front of the federal government, either, because I believe in states’ rights.” “There is an assault on Kentucky, and really on our way of life,” said Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, who also has business interests related to the coal industry. When coal companies successfully restore mined land to the conditions listed in their state permits, their reclamation bonds are returned to them. However, when companies disappear — sometimes through bankruptcy — their bonds are virtually all that exists to pay for the environmental damage they leave. In a May 1 letter to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet, the federal OSM said Kentucky’s reclamation bonds long have proven inadequate. See BONDS, A2 SEE PHOTO GALLERIES FROM DOUGLAS’ GYMNASTICS WIN ALONG WITH SLIDE SHOWS OF SWIMMING AND OTHER EVENTS Smokers switch to cheaper options Congress breaks; work unfinished CIGARS, LOOSE TOBACCO TAXED AT LOWER RATE, ARE LESS SUBJECT TO REGULATION By Roni Caryn Rabin The New York Times Fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes, but a growing number are turning to cigarettelike cigars that can sell for as little as seven cents apiece or to cigarettes that users can make themselves out of inexpensive loose to- bacco labeled for pipe use, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Sales of these other forms of tobacco — which are taxed at significantly lower rates than cigarettes and tobacco specifically labeled “roll your own” — have soared in re- dealsaver.com/lexington $30 for a 3-day/2-night stay for 2 adults at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas plus a Las Vegas BITE Card. Room taxes included. ($200 Value) cent years, the CDC said. The amount of loose pipe tobacco sold in 2011 was enough to make 17.5 billion cigarettes, a sixfold increase over the amount sold in 2008, which was equivalent to 2.6 billion cigarettes. See TOBACCO, A2 FARM MEASURE, DROUGHT RELIEF AMONG LATEST VICTIMS OF PARTISAN FIGHTING By Jennifer Steinhauer The New York Times WASHINGTON — An effort to provide emergency aid for U.S. ranchers and farmers reeling from a year of drought, frost and other calamities collapsed Thursday as members of Congress departed for their five-week August recess, leaving behind a pile of unfinished legislation Like Kentucky.com on Facebook and enter to win prizes worth nearly $1,500 from Readers’ Choice favorites. Facebook.com/kentuckycom. as they go home to campaign for reelection. After refusing to consider a sweeping five-year farm measure, House Republican leaders jammed through a short-term, $383 million package of loans and grants for livestock producers and a limited number of farmers. The measure passed See CONGRESS, A2 Delivery: 1-800-999-8881 Classified: 1-800-933-7355 News: (859) 231-3200 Weather, Page B10: High 90, Low 70 Unique Care for Women 859.313.2255 TheWomensHospitalKY.org KentuckyOneHealth.org Drought intensifies: Severe designations double in 3 weeks. Page A2 Filibuster holds: Senate stops cybersecurity bill. Page A7 The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East is dedicated to providing a broad array of specialized services for women including cardiology, gynecology and rheumatology — all in n an attractive and convenient setting. Pictured from left to right: Saint Joseph Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates: Kristi McKenzie, M.D. & Avis Carr, M.D. M.D. Saint Joseph Cardiology Associates: Michelle Morton, M.D. Saint Joseph Rheumatology Associates: Lucia Hardi, M.D. Vol. 30 No. 214 © 2012

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