Top TV executives are in Switzerland today, bidding for rights to broadcast the next two Olympic games — Russia in 2014 and Brazil in 2016. The competition is wide open, especially because of the recent resignation of Dick Ebersol as the head of NBC Sports. He spearheaded NBC's dominance over the games.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has resumed rehabilitation work on part of Wolf Creek Dam in southern Kentucky. Officials began repairs in 2006 after determining the dam could fail, which would cause major flooding in several downstream cities, including Nashville. The dam’s condition also forced engineers to lower water levels on Lake Cumberland. Project manager David Hendrix says completion of the repairs is more than two years away.
Kentucky’s best known education advocacy group is examining new academic standards and what they may mean for both students and teachers. The annual spring meeting is taking place at a central Kentucky state park.
Starting tonight, construction of a new kind of interchange could slow evening traffic flow in Lexington. Work began last week on what’s called a “double cross over diamond interchange” along Harrodsburg Road.
The newly renovated Hall of Governors at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort reopened over the weekend. The Hall of Governors is literally a wide hallway in the west wing of the history center. It's lined with the portraits of dozens of Kentucky governors. In years past, visitors often breezed through the room, because there was no historical or biographical information accompanying the paintings. That's no longer the case, says Scott Alvey, who's overseeing the hall's redevelopment.
District Officer Irshad Alam, who commands troops at Shabqadar Fort, says his forces were rarely needed outside the fort many years ago. Now "we are fighting terrorists all the time," he says.
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Above Irshad Alam's desk is a wooden plaque that lists all of the officers who previously held his post.
Alam commands the Frontier Constabulary troops at the Shabqadar Fort in Pakistan's northwest tribal region. His men are paramilitary troops whose duties fall somewhere between the role of the police and the role of the army. Their ranks are drawn from local tribes to help keep the peace among them.
Edward Albee's recent remarks about being labeled a "gay writer" sparked controversy within the gay community, but the playwright insists such definitions are "prejudicial."
"Maybe I'm being a little troublesome about this," Albee tells NPR's Renee Montagne, "but so many writers who are gay are expected to behave like gay writers and I find that is such a limitation and such a prejudicial thing that I fight against it whenever I can."