The new home of the Rousseau Volunteer Fire Department stands high off Route 30, with its bright red metal exterior shining proudly over the peaceful countryside. And inside that building last Tuesday, the RVFD held a meeting in its new headquarters.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved an expansion of residential and commercial energy conservation and efficiency programs for Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. In an order issued Wednesday, the PSC authorized KU and LG&E to continue 10 existing programs for residential or commercial customers and to initiate three new programs for residential customers. One of the new programs will provide incentives for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.
The state on Wednesday announced $4.1 million in State Homeland Security Grants for 125 projects across Kentucky. The funding supports 911 programs, mobile computers and radios, bomb detection devices and first-responder training.
In the smoker-heavy state of Kentucky, a cancer center is suggesting something that most health experts won't and the tobacco industry can't: If you really want to quit, switch to smoke-free tobacco. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville are aiming their new "Switch and Quit" campaign at the city of Owensboro. It urges smokers to swap their cigarettes for smokeless tobacco and other products that don’t deliver nicotine by smoke.
Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are urging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination after the season’s first lab-confirmed case of influenza was reported this week. The case was from Jessamine County. DPH is reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity is currently classified as "sporadic," the lowest level of flu activity.
A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency presents more evidence than ever before that many aspects of Iran's nuclear program are geared toward military purposes. Yet some analysts argue that overall, Iran represents less of a threat today than it did a year ago.
The IAEA report issued Tuesday largely focuses on historical matters, and some observers say Iran is still having a great deal of difficulty in many areas of weapons technology. And it's clear that Iran has experienced several other setbacks in recent months.
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Italy crossed into bailout territory today. The interest rate on the country's 10-year bonds, which has gone through the roof in the past few weeks, rose to over 7 percent.
We've seen this story play out before in other European countries.
A country is in debt trouble. Investors demand higher interest rates to lend money to that country. Paying those higher interest rates mean the country will fall even further into debt. So interest rates go up even more.
[The alleged mastermind of the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole was seen today for the first time in nine years during an arraignment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It's the first test of the Obama administration's revamped rules for military commissions. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston was there.]
When Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri walked into the Guantanamo courtroom this morning, he was all swagger.