An oil rig built by China is now en route to the deep waters off northwest Cuba, where it could begin drilling exploratory wells as soon as November.
Recently, U.S. oil spill experts were in Havana, including the man who co-chaired the investigation into last year's BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. group says long-running American trade sanctions stand in the way of proper spill preparation and a coordinated cleanup if something goes wrong on the wells that are just 60 miles from the Florida Keys.
Lexington residents can see details of a sanitary sewer proposal that will soon be sent to the EPA at public meetings hosted by the city's Division of Water Quality. A remedial measures plan to fix sewer overflows is due to the federal agency next month. Water Quality director Charlie Martin says future repairs will affect many parts of Lexington. "This is really kind of a briefing for interested parties to see how this may impact my neighborhood or where I live. As far as in the next 11 to 13 years am I likely to see a sewer line that's behind my house or in front of my house, is it going to be replaced or not?"
Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, has launched a new program aimed at reducing the digital divide, or the gap between high- and low-income communities in Internet accessibility and digital literacy.
The company says low-income families will now be able to get a fast Internet connection for $9.95 per month; the question now is whether the effort can overcome the many barriers that keep the poor from getting online.
The Better Business Bureau is reminding University of Kentucky students, especially those new to the area, to stay vigilant when it comes to offers that sound too good to be true. Tech savvy college students may think they're immune to scams, but Heather Clary, a spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky says the young, as well as the elderly, can be taken for a ride.
At the White House today, President Obama criticized what he said is a view among some Republicans that they don't want to work with him on passing a jobs bill — even when many of the things he's proposing are measures they've supported in the past — because it wouldn't be good for the GOP politically:
We've been keeping up with reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir, In My Time. In it, the vice president has made some extraordinary claims, including that he was in charge during Sept. 11 and saying that he still supports water boarding as way to get detainees to talk.
‘Dreary’ might sum up last week’s weather in most Kentucky communities. However, the ongoing drizzle didn’t necessarily put a damper on the upcoming fall fire season. Kentucky’s forest land can dry up rapidly, particularly when fallen leaves are added into the mix. The two to, in some cases, four inches of rain which fell on parts of the Daniel Boone National Forest eased fire threats for now. But, Assistant Fire Management Officer E-J Bunzendahl says a couple of weeks of dry weather can renew the risk of fire. Although poorly extinguished campfires account for about ten percent of wildfires, Bunzendahl says the rate’s higher in the Red River Gorge.
Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the Puerto Rico Police Department. The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report accusing the police of violating the constitution and using excessive — sometimes fatal — force against civilians. Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union conducted its own investigation, finding similar allegations of police brutality in Puerto Rico. Host Michel Martin speaks with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero.