Children born in 2010 will cost Kentucky families between $130,000 and $150,000 to raise. That's well below the national average. The USDA publishes a report on child-rearing costs each year. This year, costs went up two percent from 2009. On average families in the lowest income group spend $206,000 dollars on a child in before they graduate high school. But that number drops in rural regions. Terry Brooks is Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Brooks says for everyone housing takes up nearly a third of expenses.
Portia Walker is a freelance journalist based in the Middle East
In the center of Misrata, a small girl clambers on top of an abandoned tank. It's part of a makeshift exhibit in a public square of this battered, besieged city, one of many scattered throughout. Beside a row of tanks, spent bullet cartridges and blasted rocket cases are carefully placed alongside boots and uniforms discarded by Muammar al-Gadhafi's fleeing soldiers, all arranged as neatly as fossils in a museum display cabinet.
John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard's movie critic.
From roughly 1982 to 2007, the motion-picture industry was transformed financially by the advent of the VCR and the DVD — new technologies that created gigantic new markets for renting and owning Hollywood's wares. Previously, Hollywood could only make its money on theater tickets and sales to television (and later, cable). The new machines gave the movie industry two more opportunities to sell the same product. Revenues nearly doubled.
The Great Hamster of Alsace is the last wild hamster species in western Europe. It's also a major headache for France. The E.U.'s highest court ruled France failed to protect the endangered rodent and its food supply.
Fans of the Miami Heat are trying everything to support their team in the NBA Finals. The Miami Herald reports a sharp increase in sales of voodoo dolls. Some fans are buying them to put a hex on the Dallas Mavericks.
A jury in California has convicted a Black Muslim leader in the murders of three men, including journalist Chauncey Bailey. The news paper editor was gunned down on his way to work four years ago. Bailey had been writing a story about the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland.
Japan's economy is doing better than the government initially estimated in the first quarter. Linda Wertheimer talks to Kenneth Cukier of "The Economist" about why that is, and what challenges remain as the country rebuilds from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.