GOP hopeful Rick Santorum carried wins in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, on Tuesday. The White House also tries to manage a controversy over requiring many Catholic institutions to provide free contraception in their employees' health coverage. Host Michel Martin covers these topics and other political news with a diverse panel of politicos.
Poet Donald Hall spends much of his time in his blue armchair, looking at the landscape out his window. The 83-year-old former poet laureate has lived for years on the same New Hampshire farm that his grandparents used to own, and still writes in the room he slept in as a child.
A new clinic for Lexington’s city employees is closed to some retirees. The city opened up a Health Care Clinic off Leestown road in mid-January. Advisor to the Chief Administrative Officer Melissa Leuker says the retirees are part of the Kentucky Employees Health Plan and cannot use the clinic. “One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten is from retirees…and they’re asking if they’re eligible..They’ve called to go out there…they’ve went out there..they’re saying they’re not in the system…Marathon doesn’t have them,” said Leuker.
Chuck Prophet's new album, Temple Beautiful, takes its name from a former synagogue that hosted punk-rock shows in the late '70s and early '80s; it was next door to the temple overseen by cult leader Jim Jones. That may sound like a grim or black-humored reference point around which to erect an album, but with Prophet, grimness, humor, fact and fiction mingle freely. Before anything else, he's a guitar player with a melodically nasal voice whose phrasing favors the whimsical and the querulous.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet technicians have placed laser markers on the U.S. 68/Ky. 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Research Center to detect movement down to a fraction of an inch. The focus of the ongoing study is the stability of three piers that may have been damaged when the cargo ship Delta Mariner struck the bridge, knocking a 322-foot span into Kentucky Lake on the night of Jan 26.
Residents calling 911 in most of Northern Kentucky could not reach emergency dispatchers to get needed help for nearly two hours Tuesday morning. Four of the five dispatch centers in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties experienced phone problems Tuesday morning which left the centers unable to receive calls. “I’ve been doing this almost 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Steve Castor, Erlanger Police spokesman. “We’ve all experienced outages where one center or another has gone down for a variety of reason and is picked up by another center. I’ve never ever seen every dispatch center go down.”
There was a decline last year in the already "small" number of Muslim-Americans indicted for violent terrorist plots and the rate of radicalization among that group remains "far less than many feared" after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a researcher at North Carolina's Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security reports today.
A tanker truck carrying explosive agents crashed into a Pike County creek this week, prompting an evacuation of nearby residents. According to Kentucky State Police Officer Jamie Fields, no one was injured Monday when the tanker truck, driven by Karl Ashley and operated by Kentucky Powder Company, crashed off of Little Robinson Creek Road and came to rest on its side in the creek. The crash caused the truck to spill about a third of its load of a powdery mix of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel — an agent commonly used in blasting at mining and construction sites.
A Western Kentucky judge criticized Gov. Steve Beshear in a newspaper commentary published this week for fighting full disclosure of child-abuse death records. Without the records, the public can't know whether the state properly protects children in abuse and neglect cases, Circuit Judge Tyler Gill wrote in a commentary provided to several newspapers. State laws on confidentiality in child-abuse and other cases are used more to hide "state incompetence or misconduct" than to protect citizens, Gill wrote. "While we can always find some downside to open government, the consequences of government secrecy are far worse."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo spent more than three years in Mumbai's Annawadi slum to do research for her new book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Residents of the slum — which is located next to the Mumbai airport and in the shadow of several luxury hotels — live in devastating poverty.