For the first time, a group of eleven high school students will formally have access to Kentucky’s Board of Education. The members of the Commonwealth’s inaugural Next-Generation Student Council were named today. State Department of Education spokeswoman, Lisa Gross says the aim is to get an up close student view of the classroom.
Pundits say former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had a mediocre performance in the Jacksonville, Fla., debate on Thursday.
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It's not that the panicked Republican establishment needed more fodder for its attack on GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as the wrong man to take on President Obama this fall.
They've managed quite nicely themselves over the past few days, piling on the pugnacious former House speaker, circa mid-1990s, in direct proportion to Gingrich's rise in the polls in Florida and nationwide.
"Facebook Inc. could file papers for an initial public offering as early as next week and is currently looking at a deal that would value the social network between $75 billion to $100 billion, said people familiar with the matter."
Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake collapsed Thursday night after being struck by a cargo ship carrying aviation parts, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said. Officials said the bridge was closed to traffic, causing vehicles needing to cross the Kentucky Lake reservoir and the Tennessee River to be detoured for dozens of miles. Robert Parker, 51, of Cadiz, said he and his wife were traveling northbound on the highway after leaving his stepson’s house in Murray. They were driving in the rain along the darkened bridge about 8 p.m. when they suddenly noticed a missing 20-foot piece of the bridge, which at that section stands at least 20 feet above the water. “All of a sudden I see the road’s gone and I hit the brakes,” he said. “It got close.”
Nashville International Airport released a videotape of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a security checkpoint this week. The tape doesn't show Paul being irate, as a report from the Nashville Airport Department of Public Safety mentions. Instead he mostly sits, sometimes paces while talking on a phone in a clear cubicle next to the checkpoint. For a good portion of the video, Paul was obscured by a column. After some time, Paul was escorted away from the checkpoint area.
Colton Harris-Moore, who gained international fame for being the so-called Barefoot Bandit, was just sentenced by a federal judge to 6 1/2 years in prison.
But since the time is to be served while he finishes out the 7 years in prison that he was sentenced to by a state court last December, it looks like Harris-Moore won't actually be spending any additional time behind bars.
Kentucky State University President Mary Sias has pledged to contribute at least $37,500 of her own money to the school’s five-year, $12.5 million fundraising campaign. “Not because I have it, but because this is important,” she told university regents. University officials outlined the effort for regents and senior staffers Thursday, urging them to donate and make connections with others who might also give. Sias says it’s the first time in recent memory – maybe the first ever – that KSU has organized a capital campaign.
A Frankfort legislator says he expects the House’s redistricting map will be declared unconstitutional while another says the process itself needs to be revised. House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover and others filed a lawsuit challenging the House’s redistricting map in Franklin Circuit Court Thursday. The suit seeks an injunction to delay implementing the redistricting plan and postponing Tuesday’s election filing deadline until the matter is resolved. It says the Democratic House’s map of new legislative districts is unconstitutional because it divides too many counties, places some counties in noncontiguous districts and puts some Republicans in districts with higher populations than their Democratic counterparts.