There's been anecdotal evidence, and certainly plenty of signs on social media, that many Republicans still say Herman Cain is their choice for president despite the revelation that the restaurant trade group he once headed paid monetary settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment.
It's an election that just isn't getting a lot of talk. And with little talk, turnout at the polls for Tuesday's gubernatorial election is expected to be low. Secretary of State Elaine Walker is projecting a voter turnout of 25 to 28 percent, which compares to a 37.8 percent turnout in the 2007 election.
After nearly a decade in Lexington, former University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and his wife have sold their home here, he said. "Karen and I have sold our house here in Kentucky and will really miss our neighbors and the fish pond," Brooks said on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, adding that the house was too big for the two of them. They will move to Oregon where they also own property.
If pollution regulations go into effect to limit carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants, Kentuckians' power bills will increase 60 percent or more, a University of Kentucky engineer said Thursday. Ninety-two percent of the Bluegrass State's electricity is generated by burning coal, which releases extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. That's blamed in part for global warming.
More than half of Kentucky's 2010 class incurred debt to pay for college and the number of those who borrowed grew by 4 percentage points over the previous year. While 54 percent of students who graduated with four-year or more degrees had student debt in 2009, 58 percent did in 2010, according to data released Thursday by the Project on Student Debt. The average debt of graduates also grew slightly, from $19,112 to $19,375. Kentucky ranks 43rd for student loan debt among last year's graduates. The national average was $25,250, up from $24,000 in 2009.
The It's All Politics blog is handling most of NPR.org's coverage of the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who has said the charges that stem from his time as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s are baseless.
Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:32 am
By Bruce Scott
When we think of opera's biggest stars and greatest hits, we tend to think of solo arias. But that overlooks another operatic goldmine: duets.
Over the years, there have been plenty of classic duet collaborations, resulting in legendary recordings and performances. Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti come to mind, singing the "Cherry Duet" from Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz. Going back a little further, there's Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill with "Au fond du temple saint," the famous duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.