Central Kentuckians planning on driving to Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis or other points west and northwest over the coming months will probably want to give their planned routes a second glance before heading out. The emergency shutdown of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge that spans the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Ind., could put a serious snarl in the typical paths taken from Lexington to some major cities.
Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer said the future, not his past heroics, was the topic of his private patio conversation over beers with President Barack Obama before the Kentuckian was awarded the Medal of Honor last week. Meyer spoke briefly with the Herald-Leader after Saturday's Cow Days Parade and before a meet-and-greet event with well-wishers at Greensburg Baptist Church. The parade was his first public appearance since receiving the Medal of Honor on Thursday at the White House.
President Barack Obama is using a crumbling Kentucky bridge over the Ohio River as a prime example of the need to rebuild the nation's aging infrastructure. "There's a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America," the president told Congress Sept. 8. But it was a second Kentucky bridge over the Ohio River that officials ordered closed the next day after engineers found cracks in its steel beams. That closure is forcing tens of thousands of vehicles through jammed city streets and onto a third Kentucky bridge over the Ohio River, this one rated by inspectors as even less sufficient than the others to remain in service.
Hendersonians know something about bridge problems, such as when a wreck, construction, a barge strike or a routine inspection creates lane closure on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges. But now, an emergency closure of a bridge two hours away -- the Interstate 64 bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville -- and the possibility that it could remain shut down for several months or longer is impacting travelers and businesses alike from Henderson.
Hundreds of children come in and out of Amy Carter’s office each year, but one family stands out. Last year, she worked with siblings at Warren Elementary School whose mother was arrested and then sent to a rehabilitation center. The children bounced from relative to relative, hardly ever staying in the same place for more than a week. As the economy continues to dwindle, local school districts are experiencing a surge in homeless students. Last year, Warren County Public Schools identified 206 students as being homeless - the year before, only 90 students were considered homeless.
A contested mayoral election in Barren County is being appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The attorney for Cave City Mayor Bob Hunt filed a motion for discretionary review Thursday, urging the state’s high court to overturn the decision of two lower courts to declare the 2010 mayoral election in Cave City null and void. Hunt, the incumbent, garnered the most votes in last year’s election against Dwayne Hatcher and Larry Davidson, defeating Hatcher by two votes Nov. 4.
The American Jobs Act, which President Barack Obama rolled out this month, could create several thousand jobs in Kentucky if passed by Congress, according to White House estimates. However, it remains unclear how those new jobs could affect the Bowling Green area, where the unemployment rate was 8.4 in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for Kentucky remained steady in August at 9.5 percent.
The Republican presidential hopefuls will meet in Orlando on Thursday for their next debate. It's an additional opportunity for the candidates to try to set themselves apart in a crowded field. It's also a chance to take stock of the debate moderators.
NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has this tip for the moderators: Don't get distracted.
He tells Weekend Edition host Audie Cornish that the "theatricality" of some debates can make people forget their purpose.
Israel and the United States strongly object to the Palestinian effort to seek UN membership. Host Audie Cornish talks about the possible repercussions of the Palestinians' statehood bid with Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly this Friday, and take his statehood bid directly to the Security Council.
Maen Rashid Areikat is the Palestinian Liberation Organization's representative to the United States. He's part of the delegation that will introduce the bid at the U.N. this week. He explained the Palestinians' approach.