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Last week we learned that Iowa colleges had record enrollment. Today, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that enrollment in Kentucky’s public and private colleges reached an all time high. The greatest growth came in the states community and technical college, which populate rural Kentucky. A recession is good for education.

•For the first time, more women than men received doctoral degrees in the U.S.

The percentage of women in universities has been rising. Women now hold a nearly 3-to-2 majority in undergraduate and graduate schools, according to the Washington Post

• Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another 43 broadband projects in 27 states, totalling $518 million in government funding and $34.1 million in private investment. Most of the grants (23 of the 43) were given to support fiber-to-the-home projects. 

• Los Angeles is about as far away as you can get from Appalachian coal strip mining, but the local paper is against it. The Los Angeles Times had an editorial today asking that the Spruce No. 1 Mine and other mountaintop removal mines like it be stopped. 

• In another kind of mining, Churchill Downs (yes, the Louisville horse race track) has purchased a casino in rural Mississippi. The Downs has always wanted Kentucky to allow gambling at race tracks. The track hasn’t succeeded with that argument, so it just up and bought a casino of its own in Greenville, Mississippi, about 90 miles north of Vicksburg. (Above.)

• DTN reports that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is still in favor of biofuels. 

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