Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal talk on a tin can phone
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Radio host Peter Sagal listens to the news the way wild mushroom hunters search for their quarry. "They train themselves to walk through the woods with this single-minded vision of looking for these mushrooms, which you have to be able to see, you have to train yourself to look for them or you'll walk right by them," Sagal says from his Chicago office. "So I'm like that — I'm missing the trees, I'm missing the forest, I'm missing verdant woodland, I'm just looking for the mushrooms."
Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined community leaders and officials from Westlake Chemical Corp. to announce the company will invest $40 million in its Calvert City plant, supporting the retention of 380 Kentucky jobs.
Kentucky, like all of the United States, saw its aging population grow significantly from 2000 to 2010. All states show an increase in the number of residents 85 and older, according to information released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. In Kentucky, about 1.6 percent of the population was at least 85, an 18.8 percent increase from the previous census. The 65-and-older demographic amounted to 13.3 percent of the population, a 14.5 percent increase.
In between his speakership and his presidential candidacy, Newt Gingrich built a network of organizations to promote his causes — and himself.
Informally known as Newt Gingrich Inc., those entities have flourished. But questions linger, especially about two of them: the Gingrich Group, a for-profit consulting firm; and a unit of the Gingrich Group called the Center for Health Transformation.
Five months after the implosion of Enron, Feb. 12, 2002, the company's chief executive, Ken Lay, finally stood in front of Congress and the world, and placed his hand on a Bible.
At that point everyone had questions for Lay. It was clear by then that Enron was the product of a spectacular ethical failure, that there had been massive cheating and lying. The real question was: How many people had been dishonest? Who was in on it?
She'll still get about $50 million a year in taxpayers' money to run her palaces and travel the world, but there's word from the U.K. that Queen Elizabeth II has had her "pay" frozen until at least 2015.
A Predator drone unmanned aerial vehicle takes off on a U.S. Customs Border Protection mission from Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
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Unmanned aircraft — or drones — are playing a large role in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan but they're starting to show up in increasing numbers in U.S. as well. Drones are already used to patrol the border with Mexico and now they may soon be coming to a police department near you.