Archive for June 2010
“See it in their eyes… an intensity in their stare, as if they’re trying to pick up signals on how to respond. But the eyes are not an element of psychopathy, just a clue.”
~NPR has more.
KENTUCKY~ A cucumber truck spill on WKY Parkway in Caldwell County is slowing traffic (this morning). McCracken County may grant developer incentives. A West Paducah mom (allegedly) writes a fake letter to get her son out of jail. A Fort Campbell soldier from Arizona died in Afghanistan in a non-combat incident and another lost an appeal for possessing a rocket at his home. Madisonville expands its recycling effort. The Commonwealth ranks 3rd fattest in the nation.
ILLINOIS~ Union/Honeywell negotiations remain a stalemate. There’s a call to strip some elected Metropolis officials’ health insurance coverage.
“The fishing industry is based mostly in cash, so many cannot provide documented proof of work.”
NPR has more.
KENTUCKY~ Paducah school officials: still no clear idea where to build a new middle school. 2 more Fort Campbell soldiers died in Afghanistan (23 since deployment). A WWII vet is awarded a Bronze Star for a heroic feat 65 years ago. Beshear warns federal lawmakers’ quarreling may endanger the state’s unemployed. VP Biden talks to Louisville General Electric workers.
TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Marina contractor needs 144 more days to finish excavation work. A hearing to review federal agencies’ flood response is slated for next month. The state finally begins a federal energy rebate program. Bredesen signs the jailer/immigration check into law.
by Todd Hatton
Grand Isle, Louisiana is a town right on the Gulf of Mexico, about 745 miles from Leitchfield, Kentucky. Under other circumstances, those hundreds of miles between one small Louisiana community and a slightly larger Kentucky town can be insular; what’s news on the Gulf Coast may not raise an eyebrow in Grayson County.
But when the news story is the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history involving one of the most ubiquitous brands of gasoline in the nation, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when the impact shows up 745 miles away.
An Associated Press report on NPR.org has station owners from Georgia to Illinois saying sales have declined by as much as 10 to 40 percent. This isn’t particularly shocking, in fact, it makes sense. Americans are using boycotts, both organized and informal, to register their disgust with BP. Hitting ‘em in the pocketbook, so to speak.
I was a little incredulous that a gas station tucked away at the bottom of a line of hills in a quiet community would have any trouble, especially since the station was independently-owned (it said so on a small, faded sign in one of the windows near the cash register).
But the demure young lady who sold me a bottle of water and didn’t want to give me her name told me otherwise. Protesters had been taking up positions across the street holding signs and chanting slogans. One person photographed the store while pumping gas. Local media had even stopped by, peppering the staff with questions about threats of retribution, violent and otherwise.
I asked her if anyone had indeed threatened violence.
“Yeah,” she replied. “We had the cops parking out there for a while.”
The United States’ longest-serving Senator is dead at 92.
“Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) was a man who fought the Civil Rights Act — to his later regret — but who took pride in his fight against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.”
KENTUCKY~ Fredonia’s all-girl prison farm is a hit! Paducah school officials want to buy 31 homes behind the middle school on Lone Oak Road. Owensboro Community and Technical College’s new president begins July 1. MSU takes 4th @ bass fishing tourney on Kentucky Lake.
TENNESSEE~ Henry County Medical Center’s debt worsens. Union City gets a WWII-era plane for its upcoming Discovery Center. Republican candidates for governor would prefer cutting inheritance, investment and business taxes over taxes on groceries.
ILLINOIS~ Metropolis has until mid-July to have a plan in place to stop pumping sewage into the Ohio River.
Wasn’t the United States supposed to be bad at “football?”
Apparently not . . .
KY: Rep. Henley gives back his pay to the state, only one of two. Alliance Coal gets ticketed at Hopkins County mine. Crittenden County search and rescue use sonar to find missing swimmer. Homeless man charged with stealing a car, dumping another one in the Ohio. Sex-offender arrested in police sting, faces new charges. Officials want to make our eight-year-olds great. FEMA announces deadline for applications, get on it!
|“We’re seeing already an increase in suspiciousness, arguing, domestic violence… increased drinking, anxiety, anger and avoidance.”
~ from NPR, on the health effects of the Gulf oil spill
KENTUCKY~ 70 applicants (so far) want to be Paducah’s next City Manager and commissioners approve some incentive deals with 2 major employers there. Last month’s LowerTown Arts/Music Festival netted the local economy +$131k. MSU takes in $1 million for science/technology equipment. A Hopkinsville fraud trial gets put on the back burner so the feds can prosecute. Another Fort Campbell hero was killed in Afghanistan. Rand Paul is wearing flippy floppies (taking money from bank bailout senators after promising not to). The state’s Democratic Party has a new Chairman and he donates to both parties.