The U.S. House and Senate are working to reach a compromise on spending bills to keep the government functioning. Several measures weakening environmental laws are being considered as riders to the legislation. The deadline to pass the spending bills is Monday, and neither Republicans nor Democrats want to be responsible for shutting the government down.
Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler says he doesn't want to wait to see if the U-S Postal Service follows through on a proposal to close the mail processing and distribution center in Lexington. The Sixth District U-S Representative is calling on the Government Accountability Office to conduct a formal review of any plan that would result in the closure of the Lexington facility.
Two Kentucky National Guard soldiers from the 149th Brigade Support Battalion who returned from Iraq surprised their children at school Thursday. Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Brookins walked up behind his son, DJ Brookins, 9, during a morning assembly at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School. “It was very exciting,” Darrell Brookins said. “DJ is really special. He’s really inspiring.” During the assembly, students were given a math problem to solve, which was to determine how long a soldier has been overseas if he or she has been there since June 4, which is when Darrell Brookins was deployed.
Months after sharp criticism from lawmakers over how it tracks prescription drugs, the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board says it has taken steps to improve the system and crack down on over-prescribing doctors. But there’s lots of work ahead, chiefly getting more doctors familiar with the system and making it easier for physicians to spot so-called doctor shoppers, officials and lawmakers say. Officials with the licensure board testified before the legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee Thursday.
It's of Wanti Dodo, 93, an Indonesian woman who lost her husband in a 1947 massacre. Dodo was in the audience in Rawagede, West Java when the Netherlands offered an official apology to Indonesia, today.
The Dutch ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan apologized for the massacre that killed at least 150 boys and men. The Jakarta Globe provides a bit of history:
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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 runs hundreds of pages. It authorizes hundreds of billions in defense spending. And as it stands, the version of the bill approved by the Senate is facing a veto by President Obama.
Here's another challenge for traditional retailers. Companies like Amazon and eBay now offer apps for your Smartphone that take a lot of the legwork out of comparison-shopping. While you're in a store, just take a picture of an item or scan the barcode on the box. You'll find out where else to get it and you might even get an extra discount for buying it on the spot.
Stephen Hoch teaches marketing at the Wharton School of Business and consults for some retailers.