We know the weekends can be a busy time for some, while others just like to kick back and tune out any and all news coverage. WKU Public Radio has put together the following list of links that highlights some of the most interesting news stories we came across this weekend:
*Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Bowling Green is causing headaches for some members of his own party. As WKU Public Radio has reported, Paul wants to strip all U.S. foreign aid to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan. This puts him at odds with key members of the GOP who believe foreign aid gives America influence abroad.
The Courier-Journal's Washington D.C. reporter, James R. Carroll, has this story about how some Republican senators--including John McCain--are pushing back against Paul.
*The Bowling Green Daily News reports that through the first eight months of the year, more than $13.2 million was spent on lobbying in Kentucky, putting organizations involved in those efforts on track to surpass a spending record of $16.9 million set in 2008.
*Joe Biden and Paul Ryan won't be the only ones speaking their minds at Centre College in Danville. Biden and Paul will have the spotlight Oct. 11 during the one and only Vice Presidential debate. But the Danville Messenger-Advocate reports Centre will feature a Speakers' Park where anyone can sound off about a topic they feel is important. Centre did the same thing back in 2000 when it hosted its first VP debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.
And, in case you missed WKU Public Radio's website and Facebook updates Saturday night, the WKU Hilltopper football team is now 4-1 after winning their Sun Belt conference opener on the road at Arkansas State. Starting quarterback Kawuan Jakes didn't play the second half due to a left knee injury, but backup James Mauro led the WKU offense to 26 unanswered points to pull out the win. Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News says the injury to Jakes looks to be a knee bruise and nothing too serious.
In other college football news, the #19 Louisville Cardinals had to rally to defeat Southern Mississippi 21-17 Saturday night in a torrential rainstorm. The Cards escaped Hattiesburg with the win over a team WKU had previously crushed 42-17.
The UK Wildcats gave their fans reason to hope against #6 South Carolina. Kentucky led the Gamecocks 17-7 at halftime, but the South Carolina offense went into overdrive in the second half, scoring 31 unanswered points. Kentucky is now 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.
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