Originally published on Tue August 9, 2011 1:53 pm
President Obama arrived unannounced at Dover Air Force base in Delaware, today. He was there to pay his respects to the 30 troops killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. The remains of the servicemen were brought home by two transport planes.
NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is traveling with the president, has this report:
The Chinook helicopter crash was the deadliest single incident for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the war began a decade ago. 30 Americans were killed, almost two dozen of them Navy SEALS.
According to the federal government, the United States’ reliance on coal for electricity is decreasing. The percentage of America’s power generated by coal fell to a 30-year low at the beginning of this year. A report from the Energy Information Administration found that coal’s role in the country’s power mix is declining. Coal generated 46 percent of the nation’s energy during the first three months of 2011—a full three percentage points lower than the same period last year.
Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon abruptly resigned his position Monday after more than 12 years on the job. His resignation comes on the heels of an investigative report, published in July by The News Journal, that Cannon owed thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes. Shortly after the story was published, Cannon paid his taxes.
A former Warren County Public Schools teacher urged the Warren County Board of Education on Monday to officially prohibit discrimination of district employees based on sexual orientation. Jennifer Gonzalez, who taught at Moss Middle School from 2002-05, appeared at Monday’s meeting to request the change to the county’s employee nondiscrimination policy.
Police cited Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 on Sunday for violating Bowling Green's ordinance against smoking, but the post intends to appeal the citation and $25 fine. The citation was issued Sunday to Malcolm Cherry, quartermaster for the VFW post, during a charitable gaming event hosted by the veterans organization. The citation states that the “owner (of the property) was letting customers smoke.” The ordinance bans smoking in most businesses within city limits and has been in effect since April 28. An attorney for the post said it would appeal the citation and fine.
Triathletes begin the 1,500-meter swim (just under 1 mile) in the Hudson River as part of last year's New York City Triathlon. Two race participants died during this year's swim portion.
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The New York City Triathlon was the scene for an unprecedented tragedy Sunday, is considering changes to its screening process, after two competitors died during Sunday's race. Both Michael Kudryk, 64, and Amy Martich, 40, died during the swim portion of the event.
Garrard County Fiscal Court demonstrated willingness to explore partial or complete merger with Lancaster at its Monday meeting. Court members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a commission to study the options for unification, ranging from consolidation of some units to merger of both governments.
A former railroad line will become a new trail for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists and will be the latest adventure tourism attraction for Eastern Kentucky. Known as the Dawkins Line, the 36-mile stretch runs through Johnson, Magoffin and Breathitt counties and will be managed by the Kentucky State Parks. The trail will be developed in phases. Once complete, the Dawkins Line will be the longest rail-to-trail project in the state.
A crew of 11 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry returned home from North Carolina over the weekend after a two-week assignment. The crew was assigned to the Juniper Road Fire complex as well as to surrounding fires in the southeastern part of the state. Although thunderstorms late last week helped suppression efforts, the fires continue to smolder and a significant rainfall is still needed.
Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced $952,500 in funding for 39 Community Early Childhood Councils across Kentucky to promote school readiness for children. “These funds will provide critical support to our local communities,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release. “We owe our children – every one of them in our inner cities to our suburbs to our farms and our mountain communities – the opportunity for a promising life. This investment is the best way to promote family and community support around early childhood.”