Monthly Archives: April 2021

Texas-based Buc-ee’s looks to put travel center in Smiths Grove

Texas-based Buc-ee’s looks to put travel center in Smiths Grove

A Texas-based convenience store chain known for its giant-sized travel centers and iconic beaver mascot may soon be expanding into Warren County. Buc-ee’s, headquartered in Lake Jackson, Texas, has purchased nearly 30 acres near the Interstate 65 Smiths Grove interchange as part of the chain’s expansion strategy. Founded in 1982 and at first limited to…more »

EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a weekend traffic stop accidentally drew her firearm instead of a stun gun, the city’s police chief said Monday. Although rare, a string of similar incidents has happened in recent years across the U.S. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer…more »

Kentucky Board of Education regains its independence

Kentucky Board of Education regains its independence

With little fanfare, today Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed HB 178, which prohibits governors from doing what Beshear himself did in December 2019 when he fired me and the ten other members of the Kentucky Board of Education for purely partisan reasons, quickly initiating the resignation of then-Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis. HB 178 is…more »

Amtrak unveils vision of expanded rail map under Biden’s infrastructure plan

Amtrak unveils vision of expanded rail map under Biden’s infrastructure plan

Amtrak released a proposed map Wednesday of an expanded U.S. rail system that could be built with funding from President Biden’s infrastructure plan. Why it matters: The expanded rail system — funded with the $80 billion Biden’s infrastructure plan allocates to rail specifically—would “create jobs, improve the quality of life, reduce carbon emissions and generate…more »

How good is SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet? I tried it out

How good is SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet? I tried it out

Back in October, SpaceX announced it would be recruiting beta testers for its satellite broadband offshoot Starlink’s “Better Than Nothing” service. As soon as the announcement was made, I signed up to be notified when a spot opened up in my area — Walnut Creek, about 30 minutes east of San Francisco. Fast-forward to February…more »

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