One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in rural Mississippi, the private company managing the prison is out. A report by the Justice Department describes "systemic, egregious and dangerous practices" at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
As those words imply, the official report is scathing.
Federal Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the youth prison "has allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk."
A residence hall for first year University of Kentucky Fine Arts students now bears the name of UK’s 9th President. At a ceremony on Tuesday, the former North Hall, a 144-bed complex, which opened in 2005, was re-christened Roselle Hall in honor of David P. Roselle, who held the post from July 1987 through December 1989.
Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday visited the site on which workers will assemble the steel truss for a replacement span to repair and reopen the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake. Crews from Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. are fabricating the steel components at the company’s yard in Louisville and shipping them to the Lyon County Riverport, outside Eddyville, for assembly.
It would be easy to confuse Dr. Mitch Katz with any other doctor at the Roybal Comprehensive Health Center in East Los Angeles. His desk in a closet-sized, windowless office is littered with patient records, X-rays and cans of Diet Coke.
His everyman demeanor belies his stature. As director of the county's Department of Health Services, Katz, 52, oversees Los Angeles' public hospitals and clinics, the health care of last resort for millions of low-income Angelenos. He oversees 22,000 employees and a $3.7 billion-dollar budget.
In a push to younger voters, President Barack Obama is touring college campuses this week to discuss the problems of student loan debt. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is blaming the president for the poor job market that college graduates enter. Interest rates for subsidized Stafford Loans are set to double this summer, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The White House projects more than 7.5 million students will face steeper debt if lawmakers don’t act to freeze the interest rate.
The Dutch scientist at the center of the controversy over recent bird flu experiments says that his team applied for government permission today to submit a paper describing their research to a science journal.
The Dutch government has asserted that the studies, which describe how to make bird flu virus more contagious, fall under regulations that control the export of weapons technology.
In a post-Earth Day address Monday, former President Bill Clinton encouraged Fayette County students to follow through on their efforts to ensure that people and nature exist in harmony. In an address to 5,000 to 6,000 students, teachers, parents and politicians at Rupp Arena, the 42nd U.S. president praised the efforts of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, a coalition of students that promotes environmental awareness. The students encourage others to conserve energy and try to live in a way that doesn't deplete resources.