Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has agreed to participate in one of two planned televised forums with his opponents in the November Election. Beshear faces Republican state Senate President David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith. The incumbent Democrat has a significant lead in the polls and has declined to attend several forums with his rivals, citing various scheduling concerns. Williams has criticized Beshear for not facing the voters of Kentucky. The two appeared together for the first time in the general election at a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in July. They also both spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic last month. Beshear will participate in a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters, but has declined to appear at an AARP-sponsored event with Williams.
An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday.His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum. The money he’s raising will funding wishes to military families through the program Wish Upon a Hero. He’s already helped around 60 people since April 2010 when he began, he said. One was the son of a fallen soldier who wished he could go to space to be close enough to heaven to see his dad.
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A strong earthquake (preliminary magnitude of 7.1 later revised to 6.8) has been detected in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, about 1,000 miles west southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
An Arkansas homeowner recently caught a pair of burglars. Stephen Lynn wasn't home at the time, he was flying overhead in a friend's plane. The Jonesboro Sun says Lynn was taking photos of his house when he spotted the criminals. He called the police and gave them turn-by-turn directions.
The August employment report, due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent, or ticked higher, and that fewer jobs were added to payrolls than in July, both Reuters and Bloomberg News are reporting.
Each news service is basing their forecasts on surveys of economist.
Someone called police to report a brawl in the backyard of a home in suburban Phoenix. Police tried to stop the fighting and pepper-sprayed the crowd. You could predict that this would displease the bride, who was soon accused of kicking a police officer. A judge sentenced her to community service but no prison time.
In part one WEKU reported on the experiences and challenges for young people growing up gay in Kentucky. In part two, she examines the complex and sometimes acrimonious debate over fairness ordinances. They’re designed to protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual preference or identity.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on how the country has changed in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Powell tells Steve Inskeep, "We have to be on guard that we don't spend so much time worrying about terrorism and guarding ourselves that we start to lose the essence of who we are as an open, freedom-loving people."
Spain's lower house of Parliament votes Friday on a constitutional amendment limiting the country's future budget deficit. The amendment would almost balance Spain's budget by the year 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.