Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard told a roomful of elected officials Wednesday that Hardin County is in an age of prosperity and growth, which is the perfect time to consider looking at a unified local government. Without a crisis hanging over their heads or their backs against the wall, a more reasoned and careful examination of unification can be taken, he said. Howard, chairman of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee, partnered with consultant Luke Schmidt to walk elected officials through a comprehensive study Schmidt’s firm conducted that analyzed five unified governments in Georgia and Kentucky.
Politicians and political activists from around Kentucky will travel this weekend to the far western corner of the state and listen to candidates and political parties duke it out and set the tone for the rest of their campaigns. The 131st annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County on Saturday will feature speeches from all the candidates for statewide offices. The rowdy atmosphere and spontaneous cheers and jeers the candidates endure during their stump speeches draws people to the picnic from across the state.
It was, as the chairman of the state board of education called it, "a small opportunity to correct a large wrong." During a Wednesday afternoon ceremony, the Kentucky School for the Deaf presented diplomas to a handful of blacks who had left the institution decades ago without receiving the official recognition of their completion of courses.
By Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader and Jennifer Hewlett, Lexington Herald-Leader
Former state Rep. Steve Nunn appeared in Judge Pamela Goodwine's courtroom in December 2009. He pleaded guilty in June to Amanda Ross's murder and is serving a sentence of life without parole
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UPDATED: As police in Hart County closed in on Steve Nunn after he murdered his ex-fiancée in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009, the former state lawmaker apologized to his daughters by phone. Seven days after the killing, Mary Elizabeth Nunn and Katharine Courtney Nunn told police officers of the disturbing play-by-play they received from their father, who called them from a cellphone the day Amanda Ross was murdered. A summary of the police interview with the two women was among hundreds of pages of documents released Wednesday by the Urban County Government in response to the Lexington Herald-Leader's request under the Kentucky Open Records Act.
Workers construct an apartment building in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Aug. 3, 2011. As many as 100,000 new apartment units are scheduled to be built on land that previously belonged to farmers. A court has halted some development on the grounds that the farmers weren't fairly compensated.
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A land crisis is gripping India. The country's growing prosperity has created a rapidly expanding middle class that is demanding modern housing and has the money to pay for it.
But building millions of new houses and apartments isn't easy, especially in a country where land is hard to come by.
A land battle on the outskirts of New Delhi illustrates the point.
The property, in an area known as Greater Noida, is undergoing the transition from cropland to towering apartment blocks. Right now, though, it's a visual and legal mess.
In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for foreign diplomats and the media, US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford covers his nose from the smell of the dead bodies during his visit with other foreign diplomats to a mass grave, in Jisr el-Shughour, north of Syria, on Monday, June 20, 2011.
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Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration
A young Syrian who lives in Greece shouts slogans during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. About 80 people gathered outside the embassy as Syrian troops killed nearly 100 people in two days, firing at worshippers heading to Ramadan prayers in the city on Hama, an opposition stronghold.
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David Schenker is the Aufzien fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Originally published on Thu August 4, 2011 10:08 am
A money trader reacts in front of the yen-dollar exchange rate at a money market brokerage firm in Tokyo.
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During the early morning hours, Japan sold yen and bought dollars in order to stop the yen from strengthening. Dow Jones estimates that Japan may have spent as much as $20 billion to $30 billion in the transactions, pushing the yen 3.8 percent lower against the dollar.