KPA News Content Service http://weku.fm en Beshear Authorizes Tax Reform Commission http://weku.fm/post/beshear-authorizes-tax-reform-commission <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1328815821">Twenty-three Kentuckians, representing a broad spectrum</a> of public and private sector experience and from all corners of the state, will serve on the new Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday. The Commission, to be led by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, will work over the coming months to develop recommendations to make the state&rsquo;s tax code more responsive to the ups and downs of the economy, as well as to make taxes more equitable for Kentuckians. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:17:16 +0000 KPA News Content Service 21152 at http://weku.fm Highway Fatalities Increase in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/highway-fatalities-increase-kentucky <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1328808457">The rate of fatalities on Kentucky&rsquo;s</a> roadways has increased in 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky State Police. There were 64 fatalities as of Feb. 9, five more than at the same time last year. &ldquo;Although it is still early, we want to be proactive in addressing this increase in highway deaths on Kentucky roadways,&rdquo; KSP spokesperson Lt. David Jude said in a press release. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:15:17 +0000 KPA News Content Service 21146 at http://weku.fm Snow Returns to Parts of Commonwealth http://weku.fm/post/snow-returns-parts-commonwealth <p>Winter across Kentucky returns to reality tonight. Gone will be the spring-like conditions of recent days as light snow showers will fall across much of the state. No significant accumulations are expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:30:24 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20985 at http://weku.fm Legislative Leaders Support Drug Bills http://weku.fm/post/legislative-leaders-support-drug-bills <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1328562358">Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined</a> Attorney General Jack Conway, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, Sen. Jimmy Higdon and other legislators to highlight broad prescription drug legislation designed to reduce the destructive impact of prescription drug abuse on Kentucky families. Multiple legislators have joined the effort by sponsoring legislation, all of which is targeted to help fight prescription drug abuse. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:39:27 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20922 at http://weku.fm Campaign Cites 1,200 Drunk Drivers http://weku.fm/post/campaign-cites-1200-drunk-drivers <p>The holiday &ldquo;Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over&rdquo; enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, resulted in 1,211 citations for drunken driving. The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies, was held Dec. 16 through Jan. 2. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:32:02 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20712 at http://weku.fm Gas Pipeline to Expand and Add Jobs http://weku.fm/post/gas-pipeline-expand-and-add-jobs <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1328120746">Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline</a> will expand its presence in Owensboro and construct a second facility for its headquarters expansion. The nearly $5.3 million project will help create up to 20 new jobs over the next few years, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear&#39;s office. Southern Star is an interstate natural gas transmission and storage system spanning approximately 6,000 miles and serves customers in seven states. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:54:22 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20678 at http://weku.fm Historical Society Hosts Slavery Program http://weku.fm/post/historical-society-hosts-slavery-program <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1328119256">The Kentucky Historical Society</a> will host a free Family History Workshop, &ldquo;Tracing Slavery and Slaveholding on the Kentucky Frontier,&rdquo; at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. What happens when a black woman researching her roots comes face to face with descendants of the people who enslaved her ancestors? Pam Smith, a Kentucky Humanities Council speaker, will describe the facts and feelings that surfaced when research led her to a university professor whose ancestors owned Smith&rsquo;s enslaved great-great grandfather. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:51:50 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20677 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Seeks Transportation Contractors http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-seeks-transportation-contractors <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1327937660">Kentucky is seeking teams of contractors</a> to design and build a new downtown Louisville bridge, a modernized downtown interchange and improved I-65 connections to Southern Indiana, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock announced Monday. The notice of intent is the first step to procurement of Kentucky&rsquo;s half of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:27:20 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20623 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Prepares for Earthquake Drill http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-prepares-earthquake-drill <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1327932084">February has been proclaimed as Earthquake Awareness</a> month as Kentucky continues to prepare for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for Feb. 7. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut in February 2012 will involve more than 1 million people through a broadā€based outreach program, partnerships with the media and public advocacy, according to a state press release. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:08:19 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20591 at http://weku.fm Halfway Point for Bridge Repairs http://weku.fm/post/halfway-point-bridge-repairs <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1327583954">One month after steel deliveries began,</a> contractors have passed a halfway point with repairs to the I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge that connects Louisville and New Albany, Ind. More than half of the 2.4 million pounds of reinforcing steel plates needed have been delivered and are being installed. Hall Contracting of Kentucky has billed work already completed worth 62 percent of the contract&rsquo;s $13.9 million value, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Under an agreement between the two states, Indiana is responsible for maintaining the Sherman Minton Bridge. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:12:24 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20411 at http://weku.fm Pike Co. Deputy Sheriff Killed in Wreck http://weku.fm/post/pike-co-deputy-sheriff-killed-wreck <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1327428424">UPDATED: A Pike County sheriff&#39;s deputy</a> has died in a three-vehicle car crash. WSAZ-TV reported the accident occurred about 9 p.m. Monday on U.S. 460 between the Marrowbone and Belcher communities. The Pike County Sheriff&#39;s Office told the West Virginia TV station that the deputy was James I. Thacker. Kentucky State Police say the deputy was on duty and on his way back to Elkhorn City from Pikeville when the three-vehicle crash happened. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:37:46 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20274 at http://weku.fm Hickman Mayor Fatally Shot http://weku.fm/post/hickman-mayor-fatally-shot <p>The mayor of Hickman, in Fulton County, in far Western Kentucky, has been shot and killed at his home, the Hickman police chief said early Monday.&nbsp; Police chief Tony Grogan said Mayor Charles Murphy was shot and killed at his home. A suspect identified by police as Tommy Lattus, 30, gave himself up at the police station after the shooting. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:36:42 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20182 at http://weku.fm Kentucky's Jobless Rate http://weku.fm/post/kentuckys-jobless-rate <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to a three-year low of 9.1 percent in December from 9.4 percent in November, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.<br />The preliminary December jobless rate was 1.2 percentage points below the 10.3 percent rate recorded for the state in the same month a year earlier. The state&rsquo;s December 2011 jobless rate is the lowest since the December 2008, when it was 8.5 percent. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:44:09 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20060 at http://weku.fm Jobless Report in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/jobless-report-kentucky <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to a three-year low of 9.1 percent in December from 9.4 percent in November, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.<br />The preliminary December jobless rate was 1.2 percentage points below the 10.3 percent rate recorded for the state in the same month a year earlier. The state&rsquo;s December 2011 jobless rate is the lowest since the December 2008, when it was 8.5 percent. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:43:12 +0000 KPA News Content Service 20003 at http://weku.fm Stormy Weather Tuesday http://weku.fm/post/stormy-weather-tuesday <p>This winter&#39;s roller coaster weather did a number on the Louisville area today. High winds ripped down trees and power lines and left nearly 14,000 residents in the dark, according to WHAS-TV in Louisville.<br />In addition, high winds reportedly knocked at least two tractor trailer trucks over on their sides on the Gene Snyder Freeway in eastern Jefferson County. That resulted in the highway being closed for a time.<br />But no injuries have been reported. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:36:55 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19872 at http://weku.fm Governor to Outline Budget Proposal http://weku.fm/post/governor-outline-budget-proposal <p>Gov. Steve Beshear will address the General Assembly at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday with a message that is likely to detail state spending cuts of 7 to 9 percent for the next two-year state budget.&nbsp; Agencies that escaped earlier rounds of cuts are unlikely to receive such exemptions this time around. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:28:23 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19863 at http://weku.fm Public Website Tracks Energy Savings http://weku.fm/post/public-website-tracks-energy-savings <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1326393300">The state on Thursday launched a public website</a> that tracks real-time savings resulting from the Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System&rsquo;s pilot project. The pilot project is a cost-saving action of the Governor&rsquo;s ongoing Smart Government Initiative. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:01:54 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19648 at http://weku.fm A Little Taste of Winter http://weku.fm/post/little-taste-winter <p>The National Weather Service office in Louisville has issued a winter weather advisory for much of Kentucky. It will remain in effect until 9 a.m. EST on Friday. A cold front is marching through Kentucky and causing rain to change over to snow showers. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:34:24 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19642 at http://weku.fm Gains in Education Ranking http://weku.fm/post/gains-education-ranking <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s ranking in an annual grading of all states on key education indicators rose dramatically this year, placing the state 14th in the nation for its work on academic standards, the teaching profession and many other variables related to public education.&nbsp; Each year, Education Week (a national publication that focuses on P-12 education) produces a special issue, &ldquo;Quality Counts.&rdquo; The report tracks key education indicators and grades states on their policy efforts and outcomes. Last year, Kentucky ranked 34th in the nation in this annual report. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:40:14 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19628 at http://weku.fm Ghost Stories from Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/ghost-stories-kentucky <p>Kentucky will be well-represented today on national television for those who enjoy shows about paranormal activity. The Syfy Channel&#39;s Ghost Hunters show will feature three Kentucky locations this evening.<br />At 6 p.m. EST, the episode called Voices of Pain will feature the old Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Louisville. Dubbed by some as one of the most haunted places in the eastern United States, the facility housed thousands of tuberculosis patients in Louisville over a span of nearly a half century. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:00:12 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19563 at http://weku.fm Beshear Promotes Kentucky's Auto Industry http://weku.fm/post/beshear-promotes-kentuckys-auto-industry <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1326210384">Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday joined company leaders</a> from Kentucky&rsquo;s three automakers, Toyota, Ford and GM, to promote Kentucky&rsquo;s booming auto industry at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The auto show brings together the industry&#39;s top leaders and thinkers from the global automotive community to catch up on the latest news and events. More than 5,000 journalists from 55 countries attended last year&#39;s auto show. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:04:14 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19492 at http://weku.fm Winter's Cold Looms Later this Week http://weku.fm/post/winters-cold-looms-later-week <p>So far, this winter hasn&#39;t behaved much like a typical winter. But all that is about to change later this week. Tuesday and Wednesday will remain mild with highs in the mid-40s to low 50s, according to the National Weather Service&#39;s Louisville office. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 21:17:07 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19434 at http://weku.fm Mount Sterling Company Adds 40 Jobs http://weku.fm/post/mount-sterling-company-adds-40-jobs <p>FRANKFORT &ndash; Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced Olympic Steel will expand the scope of its plans to locate in Mount Sterling. The company first announced last summer it would locate a new steel service center there, creating 20 new jobs.&nbsp;As a result of increased growth, Olympic Steel will purchase an additional 100,000-square-foot facility and create another 40 jobs, bringing its new employment to 60. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 21:04:59 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19431 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Invited to Workforce Program http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-invited-workforce-program-0 <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1325862792">The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet</a> and Kentucky Workforce Investment Board announced Friday that Kentucky is among the first states to be accepted into the national ACT Certified Work Ready Communities Academy. Membership will help Kentucky be a national leader in developing the local workforce skills necessary to meet current employer demands and attract businesses to the state in the future. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:52:14 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19286 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Invited to Workforce Program http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-invited-workforce-program <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1325862792">The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet</a> and Kentucky Workforce Investment Board announced Friday that Kentucky is among the first states to be accepted into the national ACT Certified Work Ready Communities Academy. Membership will help Kentucky be a national leader in developing the local workforce skills necessary to meet current employer demands and attract businesses to the state in the future. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:52:12 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19285 at http://weku.fm State Fire Marshal Seeks Public Help http://weku.fm/post/state-fire-marshal-seeks-public-help <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1325862338">A startling increase in suspected arson fires</a> around several central Kentucky communities has prompted Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope to seek the public&rsquo;s help in solving the crimes. Since December, nearly a dozen fires of suspicious origin have been set in Fayette, Jessamine, Lincoln and Pulaski counties, prompting state and local officials to ramp up efforts to get information from the public, according to a state press release. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:48:47 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19284 at http://weku.fm Federal Funds for Low Income Heat Assistance http://weku.fm/post/federal-funds-low-income-heat-assistance <p> <a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1325788670">Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced</a> the immediate distribution of $9.5 million in additional federal appropriations for Kentucky&rsquo;s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). &ldquo;The availability of home heating assistance is critical at this time of the year,&rdquo; Beshear said in a press release issued by his office. &ldquo;More funding means more Kentucky families can apply for assistance to stay warm during the colder months.&rdquo; Thu, 05 Jan 2012 19:07:26 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19223 at http://weku.fm Free Surgery to Reduce Unwanted Horses http://weku.fm/post/free-surgery-reduce-unwanted-horses <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1325787608">In an effort to help reduce the number</a> of unwanted and inconvenient horses being bred in Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park is hosting its second Free Gelding Clinic on Saturday, March 10. This free clinic is being provided by the Kentucky Horse Park in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Council&#39;s Save Our Horses fund and the American Horse Council&#39;s Unwanted Horse Coalition. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:59:59 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19220 at http://weku.fm Funding Allocated for Healthy Lifestyle Projects http://weku.fm/post/funding-allocated-healthy-lifestyle-projects <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1325700956">Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday</a> announced funding for eight projects that encourage and enable children to walk or bicycle safely to school. &ldquo;Once completed, these projects will provide an opportunity for more of our children to safely practice a healthy lifestyle by walking and riding their bikes to school,&rdquo; Beshear said in a press release from his office. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 19:06:50 +0000 KPA News Content Service 19162 at http://weku.fm New Record for College Enrollment http://weku.fm/post/new-record-college-enrollment <p><a href="http://www.kentuckynewscontent.com/public/story1.php?id=1324585513">More than 63 percent of Kentucky&rsquo;s</a> public high school Class of 2010 has enrolled in college &ndash; the highest percentage on record, the state announced Thursday. Among the high school data in the report, Paintsville Independent High School had the highest college-going rate at 97.7 percent and Model Lab in Madison County had the second highest at 95.65. Five high schools had a 90 percent or higher college-going rate, while five had a rate of less than 40 percent. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:12:09 +0000 KPA News Content Service 18528 at http://weku.fm