Kentucky’s first Nascar Sprint Cup Race isn’t until Saturday. But, the racing frenzy is being felt far ahead of the competition and far away from the northern Kentucky track.
It wasn’t the roar of the nascar vehicles that race car fans heard in the parking lot.. It was the sound of idling trucks that transport race cars as they waited Wednesday in a Lexington parking lot. Daytona, Florida native Ron Utter works on the cars and drives the truck which holds the Toyota driven by Tony Raines. Utter says actual race cars rarely leave their trucks…and are only seen at the track.
As part of a broader lineup shakeup, CNN cancelled former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's political talk show "In the Arena." The move comes just nine months after CNN added the show to its lineup and five months after the show's original co-host Kathleen Parker exited because of low ratings.
Wednesday is the 6th day of the Minnesota state government shutdown. Republican and Democrat lawmakers there are locked in a battle over the state budget. Michele Norris talks to Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck for a look inside the budget impasse.
An attorney for Glenn Doneghy, who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan J. Durman on June 30, has filed a motion for a new trial. Attorney Sally Wasielewski, in the motion filed this week, says that jurors in the trial were allowed to walk freely around downtown Lexington during a June 30 lunch break — after deliberations had begun — when they should have been kept in a group and accompanied by a court bailiff. Wasielewski says this was a violation of Kentucky law.
Ivelis Ramos (right) was laid off from her state job as a bookkeeper last year and now runs a makeshift store in Havana's Miramar neighborhood. Restrictions on privately-owned businesses are beginning to relax under Raul Castro, Fidel Castro's brother.
Credit Nick Miroff for NPR
Fidel Castro nationalized Cuba's small businesses in 1968, closing thousands of family-owned shops, down to the tiniest fruit stand. His brother Raul is starting to undo that bitter legacy, giving out more than 300,000 new self-employment licenses in the past eight months.
The entrepreneurs are now filling Havana's sidewalks and street corners; the next step may be moving them back into shops that were seized long ago.
A poor review by Men's Health magazine has prompted a response by a member of Lexington's urban county council. The publication recently rated Lexington the nation’s most sedentary city. Council member Jay McChord suggests he, along with Lexington's mayor , the president of the University of Kentucky, and the Fayette County Schools Superintendent travel to Pennsylvania to meet with magazine representatives.