Candidates running in the 2011 gubernatorial race have aired ads across Kentucky stressing their toughness in recent weeks, and now a non-profit group is putting their political courage to the test. The non-partisan group Project Vote Smart is sending Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Gailbrath its Political Courage Test this Wednesday to gauge their views on a number of issues.
The 107th Kentucky State Fair kicked off last week, drawing people from all across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio's Devin Katamaya toured the fair, and brought his recorder along with him. The Kentucky State Fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Depending on your taste, you can see animals, catch a show, and eat foods that seem to surprise people every year.
Descendants of Gen. John Hunt Morgan's men and other Civil War buffs will gather Saturday outside the Lexington History Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of Morgan's heroic statue being placed there. But it will be nothing like the spectacle that occurred at what was then the Fayette County Courthouse on Oct. 18, 1911. That day, 10,000 people packed the square, and hundreds more filled the windows and roofs of nearby buildings to honor the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy."
The state Office of the Inspector General has cited a Pembroke nursing home for creating a situation the regulatory agency says allowed a resident to commit suicide. Pembroke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was issued a type “A” citation as a result of an inspection by the OIG, a department of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, following the July 24 death of Betty Miller. This is the most serious regulatory citation that can be issued, said cabinet spokeswoman Beth Fisher. This citation occurs when there is an “immediate, very serious threat to health and safety,” Fisher said.
One of Jane Link’s best and oldest friends lives nearly 4,000 miles away. A White Mills resident, Link has spoken to her friend on the telephone only one time since they met by mail in 1955. On Thursday, they will be in the same room for the first time. “I’m really excited, and she is, too” Link said, grinning. “We send letters back and forth, but it’s not like seeing her.”
A group of Bowling Green residents is working toward establishing an African-American history museum to be located in the city's downtown. The museum is looking for a one-time expenditure by the city of $123,000 associated with the museum’s startup. Once the museum was established, it would be independent of the city.
Today, a memorial to he civil rights leader Martin Luther King opened to the public. The official dedication is on Sunday but visitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. can see the 30-foot sculpture today.
The big breaking story of the day, so far, comes from Libya. Opposition fighters have started to take control of Tripoli, and may be closing in on Moammar Gadhafi. As we reported earlier, the sudden shift in momentum appears to have happened because the opposition has gotten better organized and NATO stepped up its air attacks.
Ashley and Seth Cooper celebrated their first anniversary in Alaska. While beachcombing they spied a champagne bottle with a note in it. It had been tossed into the sea by a couple on their honeymoon. When Cooper tracked them down, she discovered they were still happily married.