Note: Wilhelm Furtwangler's last name is typically spelled with an umlaut over the 'a' character. The npr website does not support characters with umlauts over characters. A variation of Furtwangler's name without the umlaut is spelled Furtwaengler.
Wilhelm Furtwaengler's name may be hard for Americans to pronounce, but the reason this great conductor isn't so well-remembered here is that he chose to remain in Germany during WWII, though he was never a member of the Nazi Party, and was exonerated by a postwar tribunal.
Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced a major small business initiative that will provide Kentucky’s small businesses with access to nearly $155 million in new loans to help with job creation across the state. The Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative involves three new small business programs implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to facilitate increased private lending to Kentucky’s small businesses. The programs include: the Kentucky Capital Access Program; the Kentucky Collateral Support Program and the Kentucky Loan Participation Program.
Algeria's state news agency is reporting that the government there says members of Moammar Gadhafi's family are now in that country, The Associated Press and other news outlets say.
It's thought that they include the ousted Libyan leader's wife, two sons and a daughter. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who is in Tripoli, says it's also being reported that some of Gadhafi's grandchildren may also be in the group.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., understandably has some bias toward the Republican presidential candidates. “I like that Ron Paul,” Paul said last week about his father, a Texas congressman and GOP presidential hopeful. Paul said he believes the race is down to four candidates: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
Muslims of all ages across Kentucky and around the world today mark the end of Ramadan and celebrating Eid. The Eid festival ends 30 days of dawn to sunset fasting. It’s also a time to reflect on the last month, a period many Muslims say is the most moving of the year. The timing of Ramadan shifts each year, but its purpose remains constant. It allows Muslims to commemorate the first verses of the Qur’an, which were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Muslims not only fast from dawn to sunset. They offer up prayers and share their wealth with people who are less fortunate.
What once was a sleepy resort on U.S. 31-W at the edge of Edmonson and Barren counties is quickly making a bang in the gun world and having an economic influence on the region. Park Mammoth Resort and its Rockcastle Shooting Center are on the radar of gun enthusiasts from across the country - and even the world, as evidenced by the AR15.com Rockcastle 3-Gun Pro-Am Championship held over the weekend. The match drew three major outdoors cable channels and interest from bloggers and Internet radio. Nearly 500 professional and amateur shooters from 43 states and four countries participated in the event.
Alan Krueger, who President Obama today nominated to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers, favors "the idea of having a new jobs tax credit" as one way to get the labor market moving again, he told Bloomberg radio last month.
"If companies increase their payroll by an employee, they could get a $5,000 tax cut to offset their additional hiring costs," Krueger said.
The search for Yvonne, the six-year-old cow that dashed to freedom just before she was to be transported to a slaughterhouse in southern Germany, has been called off. The cow has become a star, drawing international attention to Zangberg, the Bavarian commune where she made her escape.