Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Kurdish athorities to turn over Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who sought refuge in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In January, the state will begin releasing prisoners by the hundreds under parole-like supervision guidelines. The move involves prisoners who have six months left on their sentences. However, locally, the move apparently will not have a large immediate impact. Currently, 982 inmates across the state are eligible for release when the program starts Jan. 1, but as many as 3,000 could be set free by the end of 2012.
Bishop Street resident Dennie Comer, above, said he was surprised to find a large illegal dump site in a well-hidden gully only about 20 yards from his home last week. He's lived at the residence over two years and said he did not realize it was there.
Corbin resident Dennie Comer said he was shocked last week when doing a good deed for a neighbor revealed a massive illegal dump in a gully only about 20 yards from his home. "I thought, whoa! That's a pretty big dump to be right in the middle of Corbin," Comer said. "I was kind of surprised I was living so close to it and never really knew anything about it."
The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources has received $46.9 million in funding from the federal government for mitigating the impacts posed by abandoned mine lands in Kentucky. The funding comes from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the U.S. Department of the Interior and will help construct abandoned mine land reclamation and water supply replacement projects, as well as fund the state’s administrative expenses.
Park Sang-nak, a North Korean defector, displays anti-North Korea leaflets before sending them by balloon into North Korea, at Imjinggak peace park in South Korea near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Wednesday. Defectors from the North are hoping the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may provide an opportunity for political change.
While North Korean mourners trudged through snow in Pyongyang to pay last respects to their "Dear Leader," defectors from the North now in South Korea are celebrating the sudden death of Kim Jong Il, who died from a heart attack this past weekend.
And as the outside world tries to figure out how much control his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, has over the nuclear-armed state, the defectors are focusing on trying to kickstart a revolution in North Korea.
Dozens of Northern Kentucky public employees will be “pension millionaires” once they retire, according to estimates released by a national anti-tax group. The Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America looked at employees of Boone County, Kenton County, the counties’ school districts and Florence. The group’s vice president, Christina Tobin, used a press conference on Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott to accuse Covington officials of refusing to provide salary information for their current employees.
Marion County could be the home of two high schools next year. Superintendent Chuck Hamilton and the Marion County Board of Education began discussing the possibility of creating an A5 school in time for the 2012-13 school year during a school board meeting Tuesday of last week. Hamilton, who helped develop an A5 school while he was Mercer County's superintendent, said the school would allow students to earn their diploma, but also give them the flexibility to work.
Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman, is taking over Hollywood!
The Turtleman is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. Marion County's Ernie Brown Jr. has his own TV show on cable's Animal Planet network. His specialty is diving into farm ponds and catching large snapping turtles with his bare hands. Brown was also on the Tonight Show several weeks ago.
Three Eastern Kentucky counties that are among the poorest in the nation will benefit from a federal education grant of up to $30 million to Berea College. The college announced Tuesday it had won one of five grants awarded nationally under a U.S. Department of Education initiative aimed at improving education and students' development in poor areas. The money will be used for a range of services in Clay, Jackson and Owsley counties such as reading programs, after-school tutoring, arts and cultural offerings and expanded recreation.