Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented his Lexington counterpart with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon today as part of a friendly wager on who will win the Final Four matchup between U of L and UK. Fischer says Lexington Mayor Jim Gray needs to brace himself for a loss in New Orleans. “I think later this week you all need to be focused on starting to medicate yourself because there’s going to be a huge disappointment in Catland come Saturday.”
A group that supports the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund is rallying tonight in Lexington. The organization hopes to sway city leaders to get behind the idea. BUILD, or Building a United Interfaith Lexington Through Direct Action, a group comprised of 17 area congregations, has been pushing for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund for years now. The trust funds are dedicated sources of revenue meant to help low and moderate income citizens attain affordable housing. Pastor Adam Jones is with BUILD.
Because field observations have determined that four Kentucky counties suffered the most extensive damage from the Feb. 29 and March 2 tornadoes, the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is offering additional grant dollars for cleanup activities. “As with the first round of grant dollars, county leaders will be able to use this funding for the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste generated by tornado damage,” EEC Secretary Len Peters said in a press release.
Changes being made by the Federal Communications Commission mean an end to a program that subsidizes the cost of telephone service for low-income consumers. “Although the Link-Up program will end April 2, 2012, the Lifeline program, which helps pay the cost of monthly phone bills for eligible consumers, will continue,” Kentucky Public Service Commission Chairman David Armstrong said. “We encourage eligible Kentuckians to continue to avail themselves of that program.”
In the aftermath of the Toulouse shootings, French President Nicholas Sarkozy said his country would bar some Muslim clerics from entering the country.
According to Al Arabiya, Sarkozy said he spoke to the Emir of Qatar to request that Yousef Al-Qarwadi, an Egyptian who is considered one of the most prominent Sunni Muslim clerics, not be allowed to travel to France.
A peach tree is in bloom at the Kentucky State University Research Farm. According to Adam Watson with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, fruit trees are typically at the mercy of the weather.
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This year’s unusually warm weather has brought some concerns to farmers and horticulturalists on whether the summer-like start to spring will affect the commonwealth’s abundance of spring flowers and crops. The media reported that Churchill Downs horticulture director Matt Bizzell said the warm winter means the track’s tulips will bloom about two weeks too early for the first Saturday in May, meaning derby goers won’t see the 6,000 to 12,000 tulips typically blooming at the track during Derby Week.
Under King Abdullah's rule, Saudi Arabia has gradually opened up to the West. The country recently established its first institute to study the West. Here, the king is shown at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Dec. 19.
When Fahad A. Alhomoudi was studying for his doctorate in Islamic studies at Canada's McGill University in 2000, he discovered something that bothered him.
"There is, in almost every American and European university, a center for Middle Eastern or Islamic or Arab studies," the Saudi professor recalled in a recent interview in his office in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. "But there was not a single center with a focus on the West in the Middle East."
Demonstrators in support of President Obama's health care overhaul march outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday opened three days of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the insurance requirement embedded in President Obama's landmark health care law with a simple question and an obscure 1867 law.
The question: Does the court even have the right to hear the health care challenge, given that the Anti-Injunction Act prevents federal courts from taking cases where taxpayers are trying to prevent the government from "assessing or collecting" taxes?
Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 3:33 pm
<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-07-09-diabetes-obesity-surgery_N.htm"> Cristina Iaboni</a>, a diabetic, underwent gastric bypass surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell in the fall of 2009 as part of a study. After losing 50 pounds, her blood sugar was nearly normal. She is pictured here in June 2010.
Beef Products Inc., which turns fatty beef trimmings into a lean beef product that ends up in ground beef, announced today it is suspending operations at three of its four plants. But a company spokesman says the fatty trimmings that safety experts admit can harbor pathogens will still end up in the ground beef supply.