It’s official - it’s excessively hot outside. The National Weather Service in Louisville has placed most of central Kentucky and southern Indiana under an excessive heat warning. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 97 degrees, but combined with humidity, it could feel as hot as 115. Friday and Saturday also have heat indexes ranging from 105 to 115. Temperatures in the low to mid-90s will continue into next week. To avoid peak temperatures, the weather service recommends that strenuous outdoor activities be scheduled for the early morning or evening hours.
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By all accounts, next week could be a watershed for automakers and the United Auto Workers when contract negotiations begin. The UAW will be negotiating with the nation’s Big Three automakers, including General Motors, which builds Chevrolet Corvettes at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant. GM and Chrysler were facing bankruptcy and Ford was saddled with debt during contract negotiations in 2009. All three were struggling to survive and many concessions were made by the unions just so workers would have jobs. But the landscape has changed.
The Nation recently published a series of pieces about the relationship that local and state-based Republican legislators have with a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a membership-only group that brings together state legislators, interest groups and corporate representatives to draft model bills that can then be introduced at the state level of government.
Andy Schleck has shaken up the 2011 Tour de France, attacking in the Alps on the hardest stage of the 2,131-mile Tour. Schleck made his move on the second intensely steep climb of the day, bursting out of the pack that held rivals Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador, along with overall race leader Thomas Voeckler.
During Thursday's first presidential debate on Twitter, six Republicans tweeted about jobs, the debt ceiling and the U.S. role in Libya. They criticized Obama and shared links to their videos and websites. Host Michel Martin discusses the debate's hits and misses with U.S. News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary and Engage D.C.'s Jordan Raynor.
The Justice Department's Inspector General has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.
Watchdogs are examining whether anyone at the Justice Department improperly released internal correspondence to try to smear ATF agent John Dodson, who told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month that he repeatedly warned supervisors about what he called a reckless law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious."
"The Justice Department inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.