News Briefs – KET examines Kentucky, China connection

While the world looks to China for the upcoming Olympic Games, Kentucky can explore its connections to the country Sunday night when Citizen Kentucky/Citizen China: Hope for a New Century airs on KET1.

The program, airing at 10:30 p.m., is a result of a two-year exploration of the connections between Kentucky and China through commerce, education and the arts, religion, adoptions, health care and news and sports, said Executive Producer and UK professor Buck Ryan in a news release.

Dispelling misconceptions, confronting fears, improving schools and seizing opportunities are the four main focuses of the program.

UK solar car team crosses finish line

After 24,000 miles and 10 days on the road, the UK Solar Car team and the Gato Del Sol III crossed the finish line yesterday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The team finished 11th in the race with a final standing time of 100:33:24, after facing obstacles that ranged from heavy cloud coverage to potholes.

By crossing the finish line, the UK Solar Car team achieved their goal of finishing the race.

UK grad crowned Miss Kentucky, heads to national pageant

Last Saturday, UK graduate Emily Cox was crowned Miss Kentucky and will go on to represent the state at the Miss America pageant. Cox, who plans on earning a doctorate in pharmacy, was crowned Miss Bowling Green before the Miss Kentucky pageant, which took place at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Cox was selected as the Kentucky representative out of 31 other girls in the competition.

Cox’s platform, “Uniquely Me,” promotes self-esteem in adolescent girls.

As a recipient of an $8,000 scholarship, Cox will go on to study at UK’s College of Pharmacy and will serve as the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “No Ifs, Ands or Butts — It’s the Law” program, educating the Commonwealth about the laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors and the penalties for breaking the law.

Cox will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss America pageant on Jan. 24, 2009.