Tamara Keith http://www.kunc.org en Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs http://www.kunc.org/post/congress-and-biden-aim-job-training-actually-leads-jobs Something pretty remarkable happened Tuesday afternoon in a small windowless auditorium next door to the White House. President Obama signed a new law: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.<p>It streamlines and updates the nation's job training programs and was 11 years overdue. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.<p>"Folks in Congress got past their differences; they got a bill to my desk," Obama said at the signing ceremony. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 59011 at http://www.kunc.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick http://www.kunc.org/post/kicking-can-down-road-habit-thats-hard-kick The Senate is expected to vote on a temporary transportation spending bill later this week — with an emphasis on the word <em>temporary</em>.<p>The bill would keep highway funding flowing through May of next year, and avert a looming infrastructure crisis. Without congressional action, the highway trust fund would run out of cash in August.<p>The short-term fix follows a familiar pattern. It goes something like this:<p>First, panic erupts because the government is going to shut down — or a program is going to run out of money — or a tax will automatically rise. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 58958 at http://www.kunc.org Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://www.kunc.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 58793 at http://www.kunc.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? http://www.kunc.org/post/what-can-100-million-buy-you-besides-election-kentucky For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.<p>Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>The incumbent, Mitch McConnell, is the top Republican in the Senate and could become majority leader. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 58784 at http://www.kunc.org What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps http://www.kunc.org/post/how-be-professional-triangle-player-17-easy-steps The participatory journalist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98642668" target="_blank">George Plimpton</a> did many things. He boxed against Sugar Ray Robinson. He tried his hand as a high wire circus performer. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:28:34 +0000 Tamara Keith 58607 at http://www.kunc.org How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps