Some 1,300 Kentucky National Guard soldiers said goodbye to family and friends over the weekend. They are headed to Iraq to help with the massive withdrawal of troops there. It's the largest overseas deployment for Kentucky's National Guard since World War II.
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including <em>Bel Canto</em>, which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award.
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Ann Patchett, who held readers captive with Bel Canto, her 2001 novel about a famous opera singer and a group of international dignitaries taken hostage by Latin American terrorists, is back in form with her mesmerizing sixth novel, State of Wonder. Set in the Amazon rain forest, Patchett's new book is a dramatic, transportive adventure story that takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.
From Montana to Missouri, thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and businesses to escape the floodwaters of the Missouri River. Over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers closed nearly 200 miles of the river to boating traffic.
The flooded shops and idled vessels along the Missouri are just the latest businesses hurt by weather-related disasters across the country this spring. Violent tornadoes, widespread flooding and even droughts have taken their toll.
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.