By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader and Linda J. Johnson, Lexington Herald-Leader
The percentage of people renting a place to live went up far more in Kentucky than those buying a home between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data. The downturn in jobs during the recession and tighter credit were key reasons, several real estate agents said. Statewide, the percentage of people renting their residence was 16 percent higher than in 2000, while the percentage of owner-occupied housing was up just 5 percent.
Kentucky State University President Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Regents. Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias’ participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students’ academic achievements.
Preparations have been completed to have the body of Bracken County soldier, U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers brought home to Kentucky for burial. According to officials, a flight will arrive at 9:25 a.m., today at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington with Summers' casket and remains.
A pilot flying out of Warren County was forced to land his single-engine plane on the Natcher Parkway late Sunday morning after losing engine power while flying over Ohio County. Bentley Floyd and grandson Caleb were flying in his RV-6 kit aircraft around 11 a.m. CDT, when he lost power at 7,000 feet. Floyd said looking below he quickly identified the parkway as the most-suitable landing area. The plane touched down in the southbound lanes, about a mile south of the interchange with the Western Kentucky Parkway. The plane sustained damage to the right wing, which scrapped along a guardrail, the right front landing wheel and the rear landing wheel. Floyd said the plane was likely totaled in the parkway landing.
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After remaining silent for more than two months, the New York maid who claims she was attacked by former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn has come forward to tell her side of the story.
In interviews to Newsweek and ABC News Nafissatou Diallo said she wants Strauss-Kahn to go to jail.
The bullet train crash that killed dozens of people in China this weekend has underscored doubts about the safety of the country's rapidly-expanding high speed rail network.
One train rammed into the back of another that had stalled after being hit by lightning Saturday in China's deadliest rail accident since 2008. Six carriages derailed and four fell about 65 to 100 feet from a viaduct. Nearly 40 people were killed, and more than 190 others were injured.