Tue May 8, 2012
Business and the Economy

Toyota Expansion to Create 86 Jobs

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, center, is flanked by Steve St. Angelo, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, at left, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky President.
Jerry Boggs/Georgetown News-Graphic

State and company officials gathered at the Toyota visitors center Tuesday to announce the latest expansion of the auto maker's flagship manufacturing plant. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky will expand its operation to produce more 4-cyclinder motors in the Georgetown plant. The company is spending approximately $30 million to update a currently unused assembly line to produce more than 100,000 engines each year.


Tue May 8, 2012
The Commonwealth

State to Receive Money in Drug Company Settlement

Attorney General Jack Conway announced Monday that Kentucky has joined other states and the federal government in reaching two independent settlements totaling $1.6 billion with Abbott Laboratories to settle civil and criminal allegations that the drug company illegally marketed the drug Depakote. “I am pleased that these settlements have been reached and that we are able to recover money for a vital state program and for taxpayers,” Conway said in a press release from his office.

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Tue May 8, 2012
Business and the Economy

State's Tourism Dollars Increased in 2011

The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to nearly $11.7 billion in 2011, Gov. Steve Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow announced Monday in a state press release. The economic impact figure is a 3 percent increase from 2010. “Despite a tough economy, the Kentucky tourism industry continues to shine,” Beshear said. “These figures underscore the importance of tourism in Kentucky as well as in every community across the Commonwealth.”

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Tue May 8, 2012
The Picture Show

The Visual South, Part II: Photography Is Like Chicken

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:48 am

"Letter Never Sent" is Hamrick's most recent hand-bound series. "The viewer has an intimate relationship with the book by holding it, feeling its textures and turning its pages, instead of just standing across the room staring at it," he says.
Frank Hamrick

The current issue of Oxford American magazine, known as "the Southern magazine of good writing," is nicknamed the "Visual South Issue." In its 100 under 100 list, the magazine identifies "the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South." This week, we'll take a look at five of the photographers on that list.

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Tue May 8, 2012
The Commonwealth

Business Leaders Head Brent Spence Replacement Project

Julie Janson, president of Duke Energy in Ohio and Kentucky and chair of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber board of directors, announces the creation of the BN Coalition to help fast-track the $2.5 billion replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge.

The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky business community is taking the reins of the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement project, business leaders announced Monday. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy, and the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments have formed a coalition to fast-track the project and devise a way to pay for it.


Tue May 8, 2012

Sendak's Legacy: Helping Kids 'Survive Childhood'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:49 am

Sendak talks with children about his book Where the Wild Things Are at the International Youth Library in Munich in June 1971.
Keystone/Hulton Archives Getty Images

When author and illustrator Maurice Sendak entered the world of children's books, it was a very safe place. Stories were sweet and simple and set in a world without disorder. But Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, broke with that tradition. In Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak explored the darker side of childhood. Upstairs in young Max's bedroom, a jungle grows, and he sails off to a land of monsters.

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Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Albanian Who Tried To Help Bring Down Mobster Gets Asylum In U.S.

An Albanian man who more than a decade ago agreed to help the U.S. Justice build a case against a mobster accused of human smuggling has finally won his long-sought quest for asylum in the U.S.

Edmond Demiraj, his wife and adult son have been granted full asylum, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

As Carrie reported last year:

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Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

What's Your Favorite Sendak Memory?

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 12:30 pm

'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.

The death of children's author Maurice Sendak has brought back many memories for many of us.

This blogger remembers nephew Ben reading Where the Wild Things Are back in the late '60s and being fascinated by what seemed to be a very different, much more interesting, kind of book than I'd been used to as a kid just a few years before.

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Tue May 8, 2012

Falling Oil Prices: A Blip Or A Hint Of The Future?

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 3:42 pm

Oil and gas production in the U.S. is rising, and the U.S. is expected to be less dependent on foreign energy in the coming years. This oil drilling rig, shown in October 2011, is outside Watford City, N.D., a state that has seen a boom in energy production.
Matthew Staver Landov

World oil prices have been falling recently — and that's good news for oil consumers such as the U.S., Europe and China, and a potential challenge for the big exporters like Saudi Arabia and Russia.

The oil market is notoriously volatile, and the factors driving prices down are temporary. But some energy industry analysts are posing a much larger question: Is the world, and the U.S. in particular, entering a new phase of expanding energy supplies and more moderate prices?

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Tue May 8, 2012

When The Political Becomes Very Personal

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:13 pm



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we know that minorities have been hard hit by the effects of the recession in everything from employment to foreclosure rates. There's a new office within the agency that's been charged with looking out for consumers that's supposed to take a look at how financial practices affect minorities and women. We'll speak with the new head of that office in just a few minutes.

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