Today marks the day that a new state law drastically rewriting Kentucky’s criminal code goes into effect. Local prosecutors and law enforcement believe that new law likely will worsen the drug problems in Harlan County. “The way it looks like the law is going to be implemented, it will make the drug epidemic worse,” said Commonwealth Attorney Henry Johnson. “They are taking away all the tools we have to fight the drug problem.”
The nearly $19 billion that the U.S. has already spent on foreign aid to Afghanistan and the billions more to come in the next few years could end up doing little if any long-term good unless more focused planning is done, according to a report today from the Democratic majority in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Charli Carpenter is associate professor of international relations at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and blogs about human security at the Duck of Minerva. Lina Shaikhouni is completing a degree in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with an emphasis on human rights and humanitarian law.
Eastern Kentucky University employees are getting their first pay raise in three years. The hike is included in the 2011-12 budget approved Tuesday by the EKU Board of Regents. The salary increase will not be less than 500 dollars for any full-time employee. The budget of more than 233 million dollars is an increase of 6-point-9 percent over the previous year. It includes a 5 percent tuition increase for undergraduates and graduate students, with certain exceptions. The general increase had been approved earlier. The Board approved resident tuition rates for non-resident military veterans and a $60-per-credit hour rate for EKU Now! students.
Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream shop in Columbia, Mo., tried a new take on seasonal flavors: brown sugar, chocolate cicadas. The ice cream sold out immediately. Health officials advised against using the insects in food.