Kentucky's national education ranking has risen more dramatically than virtually any other state since 1990. That's according to the Index of Educational Progress prepared by researchers at University of Kentucky. The index combines multiple educational attainment and achievement factors. Kentucky climbed from 48th in 1990 to 33rd in 2009. Only one other state (North Carolina) advanced out of the bottom 10 with double-digit gains.
Controversy continues over the possibility of wind turbines being erected in western Mason County. Concerned citizens attended the regular monthly meeting of the Mason County Joint Planning Commission last week. NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based company, began conducting studies last year to determine if wind turbines could be feasible in Mason and Bracken counties.
Haley Cunningham is warning of the dangers of the "choking game."
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Two years ago, Hayley Cunningham lost her cousin to a deadly game she'd never heard of. Her cousin was found dead in his bedroom after accidentally choking himself, the result of an increasingly fatal practice gaining popularity among middle-school students known as the "choking game." It involves near-strangulation that provides a brief floaty feeling and fainting. After grieving her cousin's death, Cunningham decided she wanted to educate others and maybe save a life.
Very hot and humid conditions will dominate Kentucky's weather today. The National Weather Service predicts heat index values will reach over 110 degrees west of Interstate 65 for a few hours this afternoon. East of I-65, expect the highest heat index values to range from 100 to 109 degrees. If spending time outdoors today, remember to drink plenty of water if you plan to be outdoors and try to reschedule outdoor activities for the morning or late evening, the NWS said.
Ron and Lori Coffey, at Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, are members of Gateway Paranormal Society. The group looks for reasons before they look for ghosts.
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Their conventional occupations as a retired school teacher, emergency room clerk and firefighter don't hint that in their spare time, Ron and Lori Coffey and Howard Hamilton investigate reports of ghost sightings. The trio are members of the Mount Sterling-based Gateway Paranormal Society, one of numerous teams statewide that investigate paranormal activity in private homes, historical sites and cemeteries. The groups say that as the pastime has become more popular, the stigma is beginning to end. Known as ghost hunters, they consider the searches not just a hobby but services to provide help to people.
Mark Schmitt is a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and former editor of The American Prospect.
It's a choice between "kids' safety" and "tax breaks for corporate jets" according to President Obama's clearest explanation of the budget showdown in a press conference last Wednesday. The Republicans' staggering refusal to consider even the most minimal efforts to close tax loopholes — because it would cross the line of their blood-oath to tax lobbyist Grover Norquist — was boiled down to the tangible phrase, repeated six times, "corporate jets."
Abby Wambach of Team USA celebrates after scoring her team's equalizing goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Quarter Final match between Brazil and USA in Dresden, Germany, on Sunday (July 10, 2011).
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Talks resume at the White House today as President Obama, his fellow Democrats and Republican lawmakers try to strike a deficit-reduction deal that they can sell to rank-and-file members of Congress from both parties. We posted about the latest developments earlier, and we're planning to live-blog at 11 a.m. ET when the president is scheduled to hold a news conference about where things stand.
Rescuers scoured the wide waters of a Volga River reservoir on Monday, searching with dimming hopes for survivors after an aged, overloaded cruise ship sank amid wind and rain. Thirteen people were confirmed dead, but more than 100 remained missing.