When one thinks of Japan and Kentucky, Toyota is often the first partnership that comes to mind. But a local festival aims to show that the connections run much deeper. In a few days, Jacobson Park will be transformed into a celebration of Japanese culture. Visitors will be sampling authentic Japanese cuisine, trying on kimonos, and shopping for Japanese goods at a flea market. David Carpenter, Japan/America Society of Kentucky president, says the annual gathering is also a reminder of how connected our two cultures have become.
The Justice Department is investigating whether Standard & Poor's improperly boosted ratings on mortgage securities that later turned out to be toxic, helping trigger the worst financial crisis in decades.
NPR has confirmed the investigation, first reported Wednesday by The New York Times.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer provided more details regarding a new Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement that will require the two cities to collaborate rather than compete. The two executives spoke during the Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon on Wednesday. Mayor Gray says the Brookings Institution, a public policy think-tank, has identified Lexington and Louisville as communities uniquely positioned to create advanced manufacturing jobs for the region.
President Obama today released a written statement calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. In his statement, President Obama condemned, quote, "the disgraceful attacks on Syrian civilians." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that call in an announcement from the State Department.
Secretary HILLARY CLINTON (State Department): Assad is standing in their way. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for him to step aside and leave this transition to the Syrians themselves.
Every eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grader in Kentucky would get a chance to consult with an adult next year about career goals and the education courses needed to reach them under a plan announced here Wednesday. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said Operation Preparation is intended to reach about 150,000 students statewide from March 12 to 16 next year.
Seneca Nation president Robert Odawi Porter has sued New York several times to prevent the state from taxing native tobacco sales. And he's pressing the state to pay millions in rent for two Interstates that cross Seneca land. Even so, he's made few enemies.
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Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's "actively" considering legalizing gambling in the state to raise revenue. That would create competition for casinos owned by New York's native nations.
Casino and tobacco sales have turned the Seneca nation, south of Buffalo, from an impoverished territory to the fifth-largest employer in the region.
Scores on the ACT test taken by juniors in Kentucky's public high schools in the spring improved slightly over last year in most subject areas, according to results released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. The composite score for Kentucky juniors this year was 18.8, up from 18.5 in 2010.
Workers are hoping to complete the bridge over Clark's Run Road in the next four weeks.
The idea of a limited access bypass was first introduced to Mason County citizens in September 1999. The project was one of the last accomplishments under the tenure of the late State Rep. Pete Worthington and stirred opposition among landowners affected by the proposal. Nearly 12 years later, the footprint of the bypass is visible and construction is expected to be complete in late summer or early fall 2012, a project 13 years in the making.
Georgetown College has landed in a top 10 list compiled by a well-known news magazine, highlighting decisions made by the class of 2009. U.S. News and World Report put Georgetown No. 10 on a list of colleges and universities with the highest percentage of students that go on to pursue graduate studies. Sixty-five percent of the private, faith-based college's 2009 graduates went on to graduate school within a year after completing Georgetown.