The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a seven-year-old girl.
The report released today shows the pilot, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having problems with both of the plane’s engines. He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport. Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield. That was the last communication from the plane.
Highway fatalities across Kentucky increased in 2014 following a record low year in 2013. Kentucky Office of Highway Safety preliminary figures indicate 667 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways last year, up 29 from the previous year. KOHS Director Bill Bell says gas prices ‘went through the floor’ and more people were on the road. “On the initial look, that’s probably the main reason for the drastic increase we had in late November through the end of December,” said Bell.
As the new — and paid — president emeritus of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Michael McCall will attend meetings, give advice, provide executive coaching, help hire new executives and help run a systemwide leadership academy now bearing his name.
Republican James Comer officially filed for governor Thursday morning.
The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky. But Thursday marks the official start of his 2015 campaign.
Comer is the second Republican to file for governor following former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner also plans to run but has not officially filed yet.
The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era. So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades. Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair. "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."
Lexington's new 'mental health court' aims to help offenders get needed treatment and save taxpayer dollars. The goal is to keep those convicted of misdemeanors from becoming felony offenders.
Kelley Gunning with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Lexington says there are currently eight people enrolled in the program. "They have to have a mental health diagnosis, be willing to engage in treatment, and be willing to engage in whatever kind of mandate the court puts on them to remain out of trouble," said Gunning.
The number of Kentucky children who are prepared for kindergarten is nearly unchanged over last year—half of kids entering school still don’t have the basic skills that the state deems as necessary to be “kindergarten-ready.”
The Kentucky Department of Education’s annual kindergarten readiness results released Wednesday show that 50 percent of children are prepared for a public education, a 1 percent increase from last year.
In Jefferson County Public Schools, 51.9 percent of children were ready for kindergarten this school year.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.
Centre College is gaining additional student housing in the form of a 60 year old house on wheels. The bungalow brick home was transported some six blocks just after midnight Wednesday and brought to the Danville campus.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray delivered his annual State of the City address on Tuesday. Gray touted previous accomplishments, as well as future plans for his administration.
He also touched on statewide issues. Gray says he plans to ask 2015 gubernatorial candidates to include tax reform in their platforms. He says he backs many of the suggestions in the most recent tax reform report.
Mayor Gray is also asking state lawmakers to support a local sales tax option proposal.
For almost 50 years, communities around the country have paused for a day in January to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Bright sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures welcomed participants to this year's march in downtown Lexington.
From left: Jim Scheff, Bill Barr, Brandon Nuttall.
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Kentucky landowners have reported being approached by companies wishing to lease their land, potentially for large scale oil and gas production. The region in question, referred to as the Rogersville Shale, stretches across Eastern Kentucky and into neighboring West Virginia.
The leader of a national mentoring program will offer the keynote address Monday during Lexington's Martin Luther King Jr.celebration. Susan Taylor is making a return visit to central Kentucky for the festivities.
Susan Taylor worked for close to 40 years in media, including time as editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine. Taylor's National CARES Mentoring Movement program has some 130,000 people serving in that capacity. "Mentoring is a sure way and an affordable way,and an impactful way of changing even the most challenged young people's lives," said Taylor.
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A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the last four weeks.