The Department of Agriculture broke state law and regulations when it hired two non-merit employees into merit positions, according to a report by the Personnel Board. The report found the department’s selection process “totally arbitrary” and ordered the agency by a 6-0 vote to attend training on how to advertise for future openings.
As Gov. Steve Beshear prepares to address the General Assembly about the state’s budget, area legislators still can’t say specifically how deep they expect cuts will be in this year’s budget cycle. “We haven’t had any leaks out of the administration or anywhere else,” said state Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. “The Senate will not get the budget probably until about two weeks before we’re supposed to be done.” Beshear warned in his State of the Commonwealth address this month that cuts would be deep.
The Golden Globes have equally good comedy and drama masks this year.
Alongside heavyweight dramas, the category for best musical or comedy at the Globes usually is more of a lark, with nominees rarely emerging with best-picture prospects for Hollywood's top prize, the Academy Awards.
Yet Sunday's musical or comedy contenders make up a strong bunch that could give their best-drama cousins at the Globes a run for their money come Oscar time.
Detroit Auto Show photographers sometimes mistake car designer Christine Park for a <a href="http://naias.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=27796&item=17555">spokesmodel</a>. "It's a very male-dominated field," she says, "so it's something that people don't expect."
For a car designer, there's probably no scarier time than the auto show. And there's probably no scarier auto show than the Detroit Auto Show. It's like report-card day for car designers, but there doesn't appear to be much that scares Christine Park, a senior creative designer with Cadillac.
She's very eager to show off the Cadillac XTS. Park led the design of the interior of the XTS — pretty impressive, since she's only 28 and graduated from design school just six years ago.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. This week, the alleged mastermind of the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen will be back in a military courtroom at Guantanamo. Guantanamo just marked a controversial milestone - the 10-year anniversary of its use as a detention center for suspected terrorists. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston is here with us now to talk about this week's hearing, 10 years at Guantanamo and what lies ahead for the prison. Dina, let's start out - tell us a little bit about the hearing that's happening this week.
"I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." That sentence is inscribed on a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. The problem? King never said those words, at least, not exactly. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has given the National Park Service a deadline to correct the inscription. Host Rachel Martin has more.
More than 150 conservative Christian leaders spent the weekend in Texas meeting about the presidential race and the possibility of coalescing around one Republican candidate. In the end, they rallied for Rick Santorum. Host Rachel Martin talks to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council about the decision.