FRANKFORT – The state announced Friday the awarding of nearly $75 million in highway projects. They include funding for bridge deck repair, road maintenance, highway safety improvements and a new, state-of-the-art “double crossover diamond” interchange in Fayette County. All the contracts were awarded on the basis of competitive bidding. The Transportation Cabinet received and announced the bids on May 20, according to a press release.
After initially fighting one of its key provisions, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday aimed at cracking down on clinics that frivolously dispense pain pills, feeding a nationwide prescription drug abuse epidemic. "Florida will shed its title as the Oxy Express," Scott said at a bill signing ceremony in Tampa, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear reacted to the news by issuing a statement:
On today's Planet Money, we hit the streets of Manhattan with economist Tim Harford. In his new book, Adapt, Harford argues that success always starts with failure.
Harford takes us on a failure tour of New York. Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible (turns out the Bible business wasn't so good to Gutenberg) and the Woolworth Building (Woolworth's had some great innovations in its day, but eventually got beat by big-box stores).
On Gil Scott-Heron, by Greg Tate. He wasn't jazz. But he was so very much of the blues. More links:
Multiple sources are reporting the death of pianist Ray Bryant. The composer of "Cubano Chant" played tons of sessions, led a trio (and made many records as a leader) and was uncle to the Eubanks brothers. More when we have it.
Giuseppe Verdi poured operatic drama into his <em>Requiem,</em> written in 1874 in memory of his friend Alessando Manzoni.
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Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem is a conductor's dream come true. Few pieces in the repertoire offer the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. But Verdi's Requiem does all that and more.
So many questions, so few answers. Why is Anthony Weiner incapable of making the Twitter story go away? The Republican Party always nominates its frontrunners, but is it premature to give Mitt Romney that title just yet? And how do we decide whether Sarah Palin is the real deal or a sideshow?
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after losing to Switzerland's Roger Federer during a semi final at the French Open tennis championship.
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In what the BBC calls an "imperious display," Roger Federer ended Novak Djokovic's perfect season and 43-match winning streak at the French Open. Federer now advances to the final on Sunday against Rafael Nadal.
If you're not much of a tennis fan, here's what was at stake in this match for everyone:
Although the new trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is breathtaking, there seems no possible way for a studio to avoid watering down the Swedish sadomasochistic snuff noir so it will play in America. In cinema, there is the homage to the past, and there is the wholesale remake or re-imagining of a film.
Western swing/rockabilly titan Big Sandy (left) stopped into the <em>Fresh Air</em> studios with tourmates Los Straitjackets in 2007. Now the band is raising money for one of its members.
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On June 11, 2007, Fresh Air broadcast a concert and conversation with Los Straitjackets, the Nashville-based indie-rock band that's made a name performing surf-rock classics from behind Mexican wrestling masks.
On today's Fresh Air, excerpts from that interview are being replayed to honor band member Danny Amis, who is recovering from a cancer treatment after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma.