A huge earthquake shook the ocean floor off the coast of Indonesia Wednesday. Early measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey give it a strength of 8.7. Surrounding nations have issued tsunami warnings.
Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen is marking his first 100 days in office with the unveiling of a new online resource to allow the public to anonymously report suspected fraud and waste. SAFE-house is a new feature that gives citizens the ability to provide the auditor’s office with information and submit documents electronically. State inspectors already provide the public with a telephone hotline to report allegations of misuse of taxpayer dollars, but the office has lacked several updated technologies.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray presented his $289 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2013 Tuesday afternoon. The plan includes no broad-based tax increases, but relies on a projected three percent growth in employee withholdings over the next year. The mayor’s speech focused largely on two themes: shared sacrifice and creating what he called “a great American city.”
Officials at the Kentucky Horse Park are betting that they can help school children develop a love of reading. As Alan Lytle reports, a recently launched literacy project helps bring some of the things they read about in books to life. It was 1938 all over again for nearly a thousand area first graders. The students were at the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday to take part in a re-enactment of the famous Match Race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. The event was part of the horse park’s literacy program.
In Tulsa, Okla., the families of the three victims killed during a shooting rampage Friday are planning funerals. Police say William Allen, 31, Bobby Clark, 54, and Donna Fields, 49, were shot in a predominantly black neighborhood on the north side of Tulsa by two white men.
Fields was walking home after playing a game of dominoes with friends. She was called Donna, but her given name was Dannaer. Her brother Kenneth says she was named after an aunt.
The World Bank is expected to announce its new president in the next several days. For the past six decades, the bank has been led by an American. President Obama has already nominated Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim for the job. But for the first time in its more than 60-year history, there is serious international competition for the job.
North Korea says a three-stage rocket on the launch pad will carry a weather satellite into space. The launch is intended to mark the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder, but the move has been condemned by the United Nations, the United States and North Korea's neighbors.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday. It had lasted longer than anyone expected, but Santorum was well behind front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for delegates.
It was a sold out game on a pure Southern California day.
"Isn't this beautiful? Blue sky, not a cloud in the air, nice little breeze," said Maury Wills, who was the Dodgers shortstop in 1962. "It's warm Southern California."
Wills joined a bunch of his old teammates Tuesday to celebrate Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary. It's also the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys. So they sang the national anthem after "Surfer Girl."