Although Lake Barkley is down almost to normal levels, in many places the clean-up and repair work has only really begun after recent flooding. John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said the park lost about $100,000 in sales as the result of cancellations because of flooding. Jordan said the financial impact of flooding was worse this year than last year.
Joel Hatfield’s first impression Monday as he drove into Joplin, Mo., a place he called home for nine years, was that the streets he used to drive — and the homes and businesses that once were familiar — now are scattered everywhere. Trees stand snapped, two-level homes are flattened and vehicles sit after being tossed around like rag dolls. “It was catastrophic,’’ said Hatfield, who lives in Summit. “There’s no way to describe, really, what it looked like. It was like a big lawnmower came down from the sky and ate up everything in its path.’’
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From Belgrade today comes word that Europe's most-wanted war crimes fugitive has been arrested. Serb General Ratko Mladic faces genocide charges. He's been on the run since the Bosnia war ended in 1995.
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us now with more.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Hi, there.
KELLY: So, how did they get him, and are they sure it's him?
Oprah ended her final show yesterday by giving out her e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. That may come as a relief to the Norwegian Web browser company Opera, which over the years had been receiving emails meant for Oprah. The company revealed in a blog that it's tried to answer each email personally. For example, it responded to a nine-year-old's request for Hannah Montana tickets by recommending the punk band NOFX instead.
This spring, tornadoes in the Midwest and the Southeast plus flooding along the Mississippi River are adding up to major expenses for the federal government, which is asked to provide emergency aid to states and localities.
On Tuesday, a House panel voted to put another $1 billion into a disaster assistance fund — and that may be just the start.
An Emergency Infusion Of Cash, Again
As rescuers continue their search for survivors, a different kind of accounting is going on in Washington.
Doctors regularly implore women over age 50 to take more calcium to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures. But they might not need as much as they think. And taking too much calcium can actually cause other health problems.
Less than a day after the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Governor Steve Beshear organized a meeting between state pension fund representatives and his political supporters, the Republican Party of Kentucky is pouncing on the scandal. GOP Chairman Steve Robertson questioned why Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has made no inquiry into the scandal, which involves managing the commonwealth’s multi-billion dollar pension funds for state and county employees.
A Frankfort judge, in a price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum, has refused to force the oil company to roll back gas prices in Kentucky. The ruling comes in a case originally filed several years ago, in which the oil company was accused of price gouging following disasters.