August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan. Sixty-six U.S. service members were killed, including 30 Americans who were shot down in a Chinook transport helicopter by the Taliban on August 6.
The road from Kabul to Jalalabad that NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne and I took earlier this week passes through some spectacular scenery — the road carves its way through the Kabul Gorge, between craggy, rock cliffs on one side and the Kabul River on the other –- often, a dizzying 1,000 feet below.
The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican state Senate President David Williams in the race for governor. The union represents more than 9,300 law enforcement officers across the state and their nod is coveted among political candidates. Earlier this week, the state FOP endorsed Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool over Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who had received their endorsement in previous races.
Turfway Park begins its Fall Meet today with reasons to be optimistic about its future. Turfway bucked a national trend with its 2011 Winter/Spring meet which experienced a 6.3 percent increase to on-track handle and a 3.3 percent bump in all-sources wagering. Instant Racing, a slot-machine-style wagering machine based on pari-mutuel wagering, was introduced in the state for the first time at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 2. Turfway Park will wait until outstanding court challenges are resolved before installing the new machines, but they would provide a new revenue source for the racetrack.
Kentucky State Police say they are investigating allegations that Scott County Jailer Larry Covington told employees to record overtime that they didn't actually work as a way of compensating them for not getting raises. At the request of Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby, County Attorney Glenn Williams filed a complaint in April with state police about excessive overtime among jail employees, Lusby confirmed. A jail employee came to Lusby in April as a whistleblower, the judge-executive said.
Magnum Hunter Productions Inc., a Texas-based oil and natural gas company, has signed a five-year deal to lease a building from Harlan County government. The firm will move its pipe yard and regional headquarters to Coldiron and with them 50 to 60 new jobs, according to Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop.
A Winchester nursing home has been placed on the federal government's list of troubled facilities in the United States, joining nursing homes in Lexington and Pikeville on the roster. Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation in Winchester has been on the list more than two months, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ACS plans to hire 700 more employees in Lexington and London as it ramps up to temporarily field calls for companies enrolling workers in health care plans. But the plans that will be announced Thursday include hiring 200 permanent workers as ACS, which specializes in providing services to other businesses, is bolstering its call center operations for retail electronics companies.
Shannon Maddox first heard the news through a phone call from a colleague. A plane had struck the World Trade Center in New York City. She immediately turned the television on in her Crittenden Mt. Zion Elementary classroom. It wasn’t long after that teachers were told to keep their students in their classrooms and no one was allowed to go outside.
Something violent is going on the night sky, right now. And scientists studying the phenomenon said yesterday that with a pair good binoculars or a telescope you can see a star in its final throes causing a spectacular explosion called a supernova.
Even though the star is 21 million light years away from Earth, the explosion is the closest and brightest astronomers have found in decades. Today will be its brightest night.