Budget cuts are showing up on the streets of another Midwestern city. In Rockford, Illinois, they're turning out the lights. The city is in the middle of removing 2,300 streetlights, all in an effort to save money. That's about 15 percent of all the lights in town.
Corina Curry has covered the story for the Rockford Register Star and joins us now. Welcome to the program, Corina.
Putting political pressure on U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., the National Republican Congressional Committee is challenging the central Kentucky lawmaker to support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The new rule would require the federal budget be balanced and that the government cannot spend more than projected receipts and expenditures. The Republican-controlled House has pushed the measure as a way to limit spending and has scheduled a vote for November 14, but the language still hasn’t been finalized.
The University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research has begun work on a facility that could someday lead to changes in where and how the U.S. fuels transportation needs. Center director Rodney Andrews says the $5.7 million building will serve as a process development unit.
A federal judge has blocked a requirement that would have forced tobacco companies to include graphic images on cigarette packages next September. Advocacy groups have fought tobacco companies for several years to increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking. The blocked legislation requires cigarette packs to feature graphic images such as diseased lungs or dead bodies.
"I can categorically say I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain just told ABC News' Jonathan Karl on a live ABC/Yahoo webcast.
Responding to the latest accusation by a woman — Sharon Bialek of Chicago — who says he sexually harassed her in the late 1990s, Cain said the charge is "baseless, bogus and false" and that Bialek is lying.
State police are accepting applications for the position of commercial vehicle enforcement officer. Applicants must be 21, a U.S. citizen, in good health and have a valid driver’s license. They must also meet at least one of several education or work experience qualifications.
A Western Kentucky University agriculture professor sent an election eve email Monday afternoon that, according to a campus official, is in “clear violation” of state law. WKU agriculture professor Gordon Jones encouraged students and faculty members to vote for Republican agriculture commissioner candidate James Comer. When reached by a reporter Monday evening, Robbin Taylor, vice president for public affairs at WKU, said it was the first she’d heard of the email. After the contents of the email were described to Taylor, she said it was wrong. “That’s not an appropriate use of state property,” Taylor said. “That’s a clear violation. We know that.”
"An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog.
War stories as told by 9 student-veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are broadcast Friday on 88.9 WEKU. “11-11-11, A Veterans Day Special” offers stories told by veterans who now attend Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.
New Orleans has become the center of an education revolution, where more than 70 percent of students attend a charter school.
The number of students taught in traditional district-run schools is shrinking fast. That's because parents in post-Hurricane Katrina can pick and choose from a smorgasbord of schools with different approaches and cultures.
By many measures, this educational marketplace has improved student achievement. But as this experiment moves ahead, it's led to questions about whether the district is truly open to the most challenging students.