Kentucky Press News Service en Deadline Approaching for Write-In Candidates <p>The deadline to file to be a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 26. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding interested individuals to turn in their paperwork and filing fee to the appropriate filing officer. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:37:27 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34591 at Ohio River Bridges Project Moves Forward <p>Kentucky and Indiana officials have finalized agreements that will govern the construction, financing and long-term management of the Ohio River Bridges Project, which will add two new river crossings in Louisville and rebuild downtown interchanges on both sides. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:45:38 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34406 at Severe Weather and Gusty Winds Possible in the Commonwealth <p>A strong cold front will approach Kentucky today and tonight. The front will bring high winds this afternoon and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Winds of 25 to 35 mph are possible this morning with gusts of 40 mph or more this afternoon. This could cause problems for high-profile vehicles on roadways. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:04:14 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34311 at Beshear Urges Drivers to Pledge Against Texting <p>FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear joined public safety and business leaders Wednesday to announce a campaign to encourage Kentuckians to pledge to abstain from texting while driving. The initiative is a partnership among the Governor’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentuckians for Better Transportation and AT&amp;T. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:48:55 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34151 at Five Kentuckians Linked to Meningitis Outbreak <p>FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health has been notified of five recent cases of fungal meningitis in Kentucky residents who received medical care in Tennessee. These cases of illness match the pattern associated with a multistate outbreak that has been linked to injections from three lots of steroid medications distributed by the New England Compounding Center, a compounding-only pharmacy, according to a DPH news release. This type of fungal meningitis is not contagious. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:37:47 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34071 at State Librarian Receives Lifetime Achievement Award <p>FRANKFORT - State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Commissioner Wayne Onkst has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kentucky Library Association. The award is given to an individual who has shown continuous, sustained support of the library profession through his or her life. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:39:21 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34038 at Frost Expected Tonight in the Commonwealth <p>Patchy to widespread frost is expected late tonight through daybreak on Tuesday in Eastern Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service office at Jackson. Light winds and clear skies over Eastern Kentucky will cause temperatures tonight to drop to between 32 and 37 degrees. Frost will develop tonight over most of Eastern Kentucky and continue through early Tuesday morning. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:31:42 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34035 at Courts Will Close for Third Furlough Day <p>Judicial centers will be closed statewide and all court services will be unavailable Monday, Oct. 15, as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the third of three furlough days in 2012. The furloughs will affect only non-elected court personnel, who will be off work without pay as part of the Judicial Branch’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Reduction Plan. This includes the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, Offices of Circuit Court Clerk, the Administrative Office of the Courts and all court services, including Pretrial Services, Drug Court, the Court Designated Worker Program, Court Interpreting Services, the State Law Library and driver license branches.</p><p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 22:04:30 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 34010 at ESPN Announces 'All-Access Kentucky' Series <p>ESPN will premiere a new sports series this fall focusing on the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. All-Access Kentucky debuts this month, according to a news release from UK, and will follow Coach John Calipari and his staff as they guide the new faces of the defending national champion Wildcats from Big Blue Madness to the start of the 2012 season. The multi-part series will consist of 30-minute weekly shows airing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Eastern Time with the first three episodes scheduled for Oct. 17, 24 and 31. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:47:56 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33937 at ESPN Announces 'All-Access Kentucky' Series Medicaid Managed Care Contracts Awarded in Louisville <p>FRANKFORT – The state has signed contracts with four managed care partners to provide health care services to approximately 175,000 Medicaid recipients in Louisville and 15 surrounding counties. These managed care organizations (MCOs) will provide services in an area comprised of Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington counties. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:43:36 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33936 at Students can Participate in Mock Election <p>Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has invited schools and teachers across the state to bring the 2012 General Election into classrooms through the Kentucky Student Mock Election program. The deadline to register for the mock election, which is conducted in partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, is Oct. 31. The statewide mock election will be held on Nov. 1. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:20:25 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33894 at $41 Million Awarded for Road Maintenance <p>FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded nearly $41 million in contracts for projects to repave, rehabilitate and repair roads across the state. Most are for state routes, but they include repairs for interstate highways in Jefferson, Carroll, Gallatin and Livingston counties. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:40:22 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33726 at PSC Accepts Settlement in Big Rivers Electric Case <p>FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has accepted a settlement regarding a proposed environmental compliance plan and associated environmental surcharge request submitted by Big Rivers Electric Corp. Under the settlement, Big Rivers will not construct the most costly emission control projects it proposed in its original plan, thus reducing the total cost by about 80 percent. The modified plan will cost $58.5 million - $225 million less than Big Rivers originally proposed. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:34:36 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33725 at Tax Amnesty Program Begins <p>Frankfort - In an effort to collect tens of millions of dollars owed to the state in back taxes, Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced the kick-off of Kentucky’s Tax Amnesty program. Through the end of November, most people and businesses that owe overdue taxes to the state can apply for amnesty. This means they can pay up without facing penalties or fees and owe only half the interest due. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:33:14 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33724 at Governor Urges Kentuckians to Get Flu Shots <p>FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear Friday urged Kentuckians to protect themselves against flu this season. The Beshears received their influenza vaccinations from the staff of First Onsite Clinics, which provide health care services for state employees in several state office clinics. “We make sure to get our flu shots because it’s the best way to prevent the illness,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s a simple way to help keep yourself and your family healthy.” Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:11:21 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33630 at Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Dispose of Medications <p>FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced that Kentucky will again take part in a national prescription drug take-back program to safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at locations throughout the state. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:31:08 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33560 at Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Dispose of Medications Beshear Announces Child Abuse Review Panel <p>FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced the 17 members of a panel that will help ensure that state agencies meet the policies and standards expected in cases of child abuse and neglect. Created by an executive order in July, the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel will conduct comprehensive reviews of child fatalities and near fatalities that are determined to be the result of child abuse or neglect. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:27:03 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33498 at Canadian Firm to Open in Richmond <p>FRANKFORT Ky. (Sept. 25, 2012) – Thunder Tool &amp; Manufacturing Ltd. has purchased a 30,000-square-foot facility in Richmond. The company plans to create 45 new, full-time jobs and invest $2.2 million in the project. “Thunder Tool is a tremendous success story out of Canada, and we’re thrilled it chose Kentucky as the place to begin its growth in the United States,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:44:34 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33432 at State to Begin Tax Amnesty Program <p>FRANKFORT – Kentucky is launching a tax amnesty program allowing people or businesses who owe back taxes to the state to pay with no fees or penalties. The threat of prosecution will be waived, and only half the interest owed will be due. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:52:48 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33209 at Conway Sends Mortgage Foreclosure Info to Homeowners <p>Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Wednesday announced that under the terms of the national mortgage settlement, two million postcard notices have been mailed this week to U.S. homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:45:36 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 33207 at State Park Lodges Celebrate 50th Anniversaries <p>CARROLLTON – Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, his wife, Madeline, and the Kentucky State Parks kicked off a series of celebrations Friday as General Butler State Resort Park and five other resort parks commemorated the 50th anniversary of the opening of their lodges. “Several generations of Kentuckians and out-of-state guests have enjoyed these resorts since 1962,” Abramson said in a park system news release. “These are great places for families to visit and I’m proud to be able to help these six Kentucky State Resort Parks celebrate this milestone.” Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:17:48 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32918 at State Park Lodges Celebrate 50th Anniversaries Ford Donates More Than $1.2 Million to KY Nonprofits <p>FRANKFORT – Ford Motor Co. Monday announced that the company, its employees and dealers are donating more than $1.2 million to nonprofits in the Louisville and Lexington areas this year. As part of its new Operation Goodwill partnership with area Ford and Lincoln dealers as well as employees at its Kentucky Truck and Louisville Assembly plants, Ford is focusing its philanthropic efforts on areas of greatest concern to Louisville and Lexington area residents. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:34:55 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32672 at Severe Storms Expected in Central Kentucky <p>The National Weather Service office in Louisville is predicting severe thunderstorms for Central Kentucky tonight and into the overnight period. A squall line is forecast to hit the Interstate 65 corridor around midnight tonight and move into the Bluegrass region of the state around 2 a.m. EDT Saturday. The weather service says the main danger will be from damaging winds. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:27:29 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32582 at Innovative Interchange Wins National Recognition <p>FRANKFORT –The innovative and cost-saving U.S. 68 Double Crossover Diamond Interchange in Lexington has been recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials as one of the 10 best transportation projects in the United States. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:53:20 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32517 at Fashion Distributor Locates Facility in KY <p>FRANKFORT - International online fashion distributor Nasty Gal will locate a 527,000-square-foot national distribution center in Shepherdsville in Bullitt County. The move will create 300 new, full-time jobs and an $18 million investment, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:59:42 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32388 at Ohio River Bridges Project Breaks Ground <p>JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – After decades of discussion, the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project is officially underway. At a ceremony Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and a host of federal, state and local officials broke ground on the first construction phase of the major project – a 3,000-foot extension of Old Salem Road. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:31:17 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32179 at Hurricane Leftovers Could Drench Kentucky <p>Remnants from Hurricane Isaac will travel from Louisiana to Arkansas, then north to Missouri by Friday. Bands of rain could hit parts of Kentucky beginning Friday but the heaviest rain in Kentucky is expected from Friday night through Sunday night, the National Weather Service office in Louisville said. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:28:49 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32178 at Hurricane Leftovers Could Drench Kentucky Team to Examine Military Health Challenges <p>FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced that a team of Kentuckians will work to find better ways to help military service members, veterans and their families with substance abuse and mental health challenges. “When those who have sacrificed so much already need help with substance abuse or mental health issues, we have to be ready with resources to support them as they heal,” Beshear said in a statement released by his office. “The team is expected to develop recommendations on how best to make that help available for the military and veteran families who need it." Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:56:47 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32104 at Beshear Declares September as Preparedness Month <p>FRANKFORT – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month. “Kentuckians face challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man-made hazards,” Beshear said in a statement release by his office. “During my term alone, Kentucky has endured 11 presidentially declared disasters. Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time, which is why I have proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month.” Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:43:27 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32101 at Beshear Declares September as Preparedness Month Ground Broken for Distillery's New Visitor Center <p>LAWRENCEBURG – Anderson County community leaders and company officials from Wild Turkey brand-owner Gruppo Campari broke ground Tuesday on an all-new visitor center at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:45:40 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 32046 at Ground Broken for Distillery's New Visitor Center