More than 500,000 Kentucky public school students will take the state's new K-Prep test for the first time this spring, and educators are concerned that the results could leave many families confused and concerned. The new test was mandated under Senate Bill 1, the 2009 reform package that the General Assembly passed to strengthen Kentucky's public education system. Scores will look radically different from those on the old CATS test, which K-Prep replaces.
The eastern portion of the Kentucky Lake bridge, still standing after a cargo ship slammed into it Thursday night, may be shifting, according to state transportation officials. “It appears there would be a shift in the railing,” said Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. The Delta Mariner, a 312-foot boat hauling rocket components for NASA and the Air Force, hit the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge at approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday. The ship took out 322 feet of the bridge.
Rep. Danny Ford chats with lobbyist Paula Smith outside the Capitol last week.
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Even before the House had voted to approve the redistricting plan that would reshape Danny Ford’s 80th District, the auctioneer from Mount Vernon grew wistful, foreshadowing the end of his 30-year legislative career before he announced his retirement. As he was railing against the Democrats’ redistricting plan on the House floor, Ford took time to “thank the people of Lincoln County for allowing me to serve as their state representative for all these past many years.” After the plan - which basically removed Lincoln from the 80th District and replaced it with Casey County and piece of Madison — was approved, Ford let it be known that this would be his last term, ending his run as the longest serving Republican in the state House since 1900.
Meeting new federal sign requirements for all roads is going to be extraordinarily expensive, according to one county official. “Not only are they changing the reflective requirements, but they are changing the size of (some) signs, too,” said Mac Yowell, director of Warren County’s Public Works Department. The new reflectivity and size requirements are supposed to make the signs more readable for older drivers. Yowell said it will cost governments at all levels a great deal of money and time.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters in Lutz, Fla., on Sunday. The former House speaker is trailing Mitt Romney in polls ahead of Tuesday's primary in the Sunshine State.
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Newt Gingrich slammed Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney for "carpet-bombing" his record ahead of Tuesday's pivotal presidential primary in Florida, trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in the final hours before the vote.
"He has a basic policy of carpet bombing his opponents," Gingrich told Fox News Sunday. "He doesn't try to build up Mitt Romney, he just tries to tear down whoever he's running against."
The Fish House, a restaurant in Pensacola, Fla., has become a regular stop for GOP candidates. Mike Huckabee and John McCain came by in 2008 and Joe Scarborough has done his Morning Joe show here. In fact, as congressman, Scarborough used to play on weekends in the restaurant's house band. NPR's Greg Allen goes behind the scenes at the Fish House.
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Florida holds its primary the day after tomorrow. If Mitt Romney wins, it could be a decisive victory for the former Massachusetts governor's bid for the nomination. But if Newt Gingrich comes out on top there will likely be a long battle ahead. Both men have a lot at stake in Tuesday's vote, which explains all the strong attacks they hurled at one another on the campaign trail and in TV spots across Florida yesterday.
This past week, the social media network Twitter announced it would begin removing messages from its service within specific countries if asked to do so by one of those countries. The move sparked complaints of censorship from some of its users. Host Rachel Martin has more.
With two days left before the pivotal Florida GOP primary, the front-runners have taken over the airwaves. A steady stream of political ads is filled with insinuations and accusations. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Angie Holan of PolitiFact, which fact-checked some of the ads.