Kentucky’s alternative schools and programs could become more consistent – and easier for state education officials to track – when a new regulation takes effect next year. The latest rules set minimum requirements for programs that typically target at-risk kids, stipulating that they meet or exceed the offerings found in traditional classrooms. They also standardize accounting procedures and student data collection statewide, processes that vary from district to district now.
Seated at his portable desk, 4-year-old Zach Pickard takes a pencil and carefully writes out a "Z" in perfect block lettering. He follows with an A, C and H. He scowls at the H and begins to erase some bits where it is not absolutely straight. "He is a perfectionist," said his mother, Tina Pickard. It has been nearly two years since we last saw Zach, who has progeria, the rapid-aging disease that is one of the rarest maladies on Earth.
By the end of next week, Welco Technologies could be closed. Maysville-Mason County Industrial Authority Director Gene Weaver confirmed the company, which has set and bypassed several deadlines for closing, is "supposed" to close at the end of the month. "Little by little they've been moving stuff off," Weaver said. Also, the company, which employed approximately 40 employees during its peak employment in Maysville, has gradually been laying off employees, Weaver said.
Adcom Wire Co., located at 220 Stephens Drive, will cease operations in December, according to its parent company, Leggett & Platt.
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Adcom Wire Co. will cease its Nicholasville operations on or before Dec. 19, Wayne Foster, Jessamine County Economic Authority Director, said Friday. “The reason they gave is it’s a consolidation of their operation,” Foster said. “What I’m trying to find out now is how many locations were consolidated and get the specifics on that.” Some 68 employees — 46 support, nine clerical/administrative and 13 management and supervisory positions — will be without a job less than a week before Christmas.
The first phase of a project using algae to convert carbon dioxide into fuel will begin at Dale Power Station next week, East Kentucky Power Cooperative and state leaders announced Friday in Lexington. East Kentucky Power Cooperative will work with the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, allowing the center to demonstrate the new technology at its plant. The module uses algae to capture the carbon dioxide from coal-burning power plants, before converting it into fuel.
Top European finance officials met again Sunday in Brussels to try and prevent a financial collapse and save the continent from its debt crisis.
Europe's debt situation differs from what happened in 2008 in the U.S., where banks lent money to fuel an unsustainable housing boom. Still, a default in Europe could have serious consequences on Wall Street and on global markets.
As the European markets get closer to a meltdown and the echoes of the 2008 banking crisis still resonate in the U.S., has anything changed on Wall Street in the past few years?
Originally published on Sun October 23, 2011 5:24 pm
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says that in a war between Pakistan and the U.S., Afghanistan would support Pakistan.
"If fighting starts between Pakistan and the U.S., we are beside Pakistan," he said in an interview with private Pakistani television station GEO that aired Saturday. "If Pakistan is attacked and the people of Pakistan need Afghanistan's help, Afghanistan will be there with you."
<p> U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., speaks during a hearing before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee in September. Since the supercommittee's formation in August, the House and Senate appropriations committees have seen their powers diminish.</p>
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Since the supercommittee was formed in August to find federal deficit cuts, the House and Senate appropriations committees have seen their responsibilities wane. But not too long ago, they were the most exclusive clubs in Congress and it took years to get assigned to one.
Appropriations 'Lost Its Luster'
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., finally landed a spot on the House Appropriations Committee last fall. That's because few others wanted the job — he jokes to Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.
<p>In an article for <em>Fast Company</em> magazine, <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1779611/priming-whole-foods-derren-brown">Martin Lindstrom writes</a> that Whole Foods places flowers by the store's entrance "to 'prime' us to think of freshness the moment we enter the store."</p>
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Martin Lindstrom got into the advertising business early on.
"I started up my own ad agency when I was 12 years old," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekend on All Things Considered. "I was a huge fan of Lego, so I built up my own Legoland in the backyard of my mom and dad's garden."
No one showed up on the first day, but Lindstrom persuaded a local ad agency to sponsor him. On the third day, he had 131 visitors.
The only problem? "Visitor number 130 and visitor 131 were the lawyers from Lego suing me."
Tunisians voted Sunday in their country's first free elections — the culmination of a popular uprising that ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and touched off the wave of Arab Spring uprisings. Washington Post reporter Leila Fadel offers her insight from the Tunisian capital, Tunis.