Opponents of a proposed hunting season for sandhill cranes still have several more chances to have the policy blocked or overturned. The nine-member Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved last month a pilot plan to allow up to 400 hunters to kill up to 400 cranes this winter. About 20 attended a public meeting Thursday morning at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources building at the Frankfort Game Farm to voice their opposition to the hunt.
Community leaders and officials from Dynamic Fabrication in Beaver Dam announced Thursday the company will expand its Ohio County operation. The full-service steel fabrication facility, which currently serves the mining industry, will branch out to new industries as a result of the expansion – creating 22 new jobs and a $957,000 investment.
Chad Ochocinco waved as he ran onto the field for the start of the Bengals' training camp last year in Georgetown.
While the NFL owners and players continue to work on a labor agreement, Georgetown College was preparing as if the football season will go on as scheduled. Developments Thursday indicated an agreement could be reached soon that would allow the Cincinnati Bengals to hold its training camp at Georgetown College, just as the team has for the past 15 years. The camp is an important money-maker for the college, and the owners' lockout of the players has put that in jeopardy.
Doctors on Thursday debated the amount of training needed for optometrists to perform some minor eye surgeries allowed under legislation approved in February by the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 110 raised eyebrows for the short time it took both chambers to pass the bill - 10 days - and the Kentucky Optometric Association's political action committee giving more than $400,000 in campaign contributions to lawmakers and the gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams in the past two years.
Federal regulators have finalized surface-mining guidelines that have caused controversy in Appalachian coal country, including Eastern Kentucky. The guidelines include a new standard for judging the effect of mining on water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said use of the guidelines will better protect water quality and aquatic life in streams below mountaintop strip mines. Runoff from mining operations contains substances such as chlorides and sulfates that can damage water quality.
Besides dealing with a high heat index, Jason Caldwell Jr. and Kyla Gerkey handled a "thermo cart" that produced 450-degree heat to install traffic stripes Thursday on Midland Avenue. It takes the high temperature for the plastic to bond to the blacktop.
It's so hot, air conditioners are melting. Or, more accurately, they are being overtaxed by the heat and humidity that has engulfed much of the nation and caused the National Weather Service in Louisville to issue an excessive heat warning for Kentucky. The warning is in effect until Saturday.
Frank-n-furter (Christopher Baker) meets Brad (Wood Van Meter) and Janet (Meaghan Sharrard) in Sweet Transvestite. SummerFest presents Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show July 20-24 at the Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky has long standing medical issues related to the unhealthy foods we eat. Serious medical conditions like colon cancer, heart disease and stroke are the result of poor diets. Food concerns in central Kentucky are expanding into a new territory.
Attorney General Jack Conway Thursday announced a $26.4 million civil settlement with the physician and hospital partners of the Passport Health Plan. The partners must begin repayment within 10 days of this announcement. The final payments will take place on or before Jan. 1, 2016.
Rescue crews are one scene after receiving a report of a vehicle submerged in water at the Valley View Ferry in eastern Jessamine County at 1:30 p.m. The Jessamine County coroner is also on scene. According to Jessamine County Fire Chief Mike Rupard, the vehicle was not on the ferry at the time of the accident and it drove into the water from the Jessamine County side of the river.
With an excessive heat warning in effect for Lexington and all of central Kentucky, residents are taking every opportunity to cool off. Normally, at this time of the year, the Lafayette High School Marching Band practice field would be filled with the sound of snare drums, rustling flags, and metronomes... but not today. Shannon Clark, color guard instructor, says it's hard work staying outdoors.
A group of 15 citizens in Lexington is moving ahead with a reworking of the cities’ council districts. The panel has split into three groups. Committee members crowded around computer screens… reviewing numbers. They’re drawing new district boundaries so they better represent population shifts within Fayette County.
A newly released report says Kentucky has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. You can’t see the particles emitted from coal burning power plants, but they’re thick in Kentucky’s air. That’s according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC says Kentucky has the fourth dirtiest air in the nation. The group analyzed data gathered by the Environmental Protection Agency and ranked states accordingly. John Walke works on clean air policy for the environmental group.
The algae which once blanketed the prehistoric earth could help power Kentucky’s cars. Within ten years, plant and soil sciences professor Joe Chappell says algae under study at the University of Kentucky could provide a high value oil.
University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips is confident he has the offensive arsenal needed to take on the SEC this season. The Wildcats no longer have Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb to run and catch the ball, but Phillips says his team has worked through transitions before.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith filed the necessary paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office Thursday to be on the November ballot, but the perennial contender forgot to bring his campaign treasurer with him. Independent candidates must turn in at least 5,000 signatures to be placed on the general election ballot and Galbraith, who has run for governor four times before, carried 7,396 signatures with him. But state law also requires a candidate’s treasurer sign the proper documents as well.
This morning, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million grant to the Sierra Club, to be doled out over four years. The Sierra Club says they’ll use the money for their “Beyond Coal”campaign, which works to transition the nation away from coal.The Sierra Club said the gift from Bloomberg will effectively retire one-third of America’s aging coal-fired power plants by 2020, and replace them with clean energy. The announcement was made in front of a power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
The office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Thursday he accepted the All Rise Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. The award was given to several members of Congress Tuesday and is handed out to lawmakers who exhibit a commitment to combating drug related crime and addiction through appropriate court programs.
The votes are in, and Quest Farm has won. A new van, that is. On Monday, the developmental disability organization won the van as part of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. It received 57 percent of the vote in an election on Toyota’s Facebook page against four other nonprofits: IDS Resource Group in Evansville, Ind., Clothes the Deal in Downey, Calif., the Family Scholar House in Louisville, and the Pennsylvania DUI Association in Harrisburg.
Frank Wiseman’s organic chemistry class at Georgetown College has two unusual students in attendance this summer semester. The two “students” sit on the floor, quietly listen to the lectures on electrons and molecular weight, and when class ends walk out on all fours. Graham, an 8-month-old golden retriever-poodle mix, and Romeo, a 6-month-old labradoodle, are training to become service dogs. Organic chemistry students Katie Skarvan and Stefanie Hadley, who raise puppies, bring Graham and Romeo to class with them as part of the socializing training.
The Winchester Board of Commissioners will draft an updated ordinance to set specifics for the use of civilian aerial fireworks, including when they can be sold and when they can be set off. Police Chief Kevin Palmer, Fire-EMS Chief Eric Hunter and Fire Marshal Rob Carmichael spoke to the commission Tuesday and expressed safety concerns because of the high level of complaints they received over the Fourth of July, when HB 333 allowed a higher grade of civilian fireworks to be sold in Kentucky.
Big Sandy Power plant manager Aaron Sink told Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday that his company will be forced to shut down half of the facility's production of electricity by 2014 and lay off nearly 100 of its 120 employees if changes are not made in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new standards.
By Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal and Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal
The Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education may have to move to Southern Indiana if an agreement to build a 12,000-square-foot facility at Frankfort's Capital City Airport falls through. Tim Smith, a teacher at Frankfort High School and chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization, says he’s got a lease in hand for use of a hangar at the airport – but no signature. The deal was contingent upon a corporate entity signing on to occupy a second hangar, but no one bid on the project. That’s hindering the group’s fundraising chances for the project, he said, and it could force the institute to move to another airport.
It’s official - it’s excessively hot outside. The National Weather Service in Louisville has placed most of central Kentucky and southern Indiana under an excessive heat warning. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 97 degrees, but combined with humidity, it could feel as hot as 115. Friday and Saturday also have heat indexes ranging from 105 to 115. Temperatures in the low to mid-90s will continue into next week. To avoid peak temperatures, the weather service recommends that strenuous outdoor activities be scheduled for the early morning or evening hours.
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Mike Hathaway installs Corvette windshield seals and tops Tuesday at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
By all accounts, next week could be a watershed for automakers and the United Auto Workers when contract negotiations begin. The UAW will be negotiating with the nation’s Big Three automakers, including General Motors, which builds Chevrolet Corvettes at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant. GM and Chrysler were facing bankruptcy and Ford was saddled with debt during contract negotiations in 2009. All three were struggling to survive and many concessions were made by the unions just so workers would have jobs. But the landscape has changed.
Newly named CEO Candace McGraw believes airlines will boost air service at the beleaguered airport. "We are poised for great things here at CVG," she said on Wednesday as the Kenton County Airport Board unanimously voted to appoint her to replace former c
Newly named Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport chief executive Candace McGraw believes airlines – those currently serving the region as well as those that might be lured here – will boost air service at the beleaguered airport. “We are poised for great things here at CVG,” she said on Wednesday as the Kenton County Airport Board unanimously voted to appoint her to replace former chief executive John Mok, who abruptly submitted his resignation this week.
An excessive heat warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Kentucky through 9 p.m. EDT Saturday. The mercury will hover between the low- to mid-90s through the period. Combined with high humidity, heat index values will range from 110 to 115 degrees. The high heat indices will create dangerous conditions for those who work or play outdoors, those without air conditioning, those with chronic health conditions and for the elderly and outdoor pets.
Rogers and other transportation workers began clearing Ky. 11 on Wednesday morning. The two-lane state highway was cleared by the afternoon. State officials will continue to monitor the stretch for debris.
A north-south artery in Powell County that was closed by a mudslide reopened Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 10 in Jackson said. The slide brought mud and trees onto Ky. 11 after 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in about 90 minutes Tuesday night, said H.B. Elkins, spokesman for the Jackson office. While the road was closed, motorists going to Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade on Wednesday were asked to take a detour.
A more than $28,000 grant from the Kentucky Arts Council is the largest award LexArts has received from the state agency in a few years. The arts council recently announced its funding allotments to 100 non-profit groups across Kentucky.
A lounge on the second floor of the UK Student Center was closed because of bedbugs. A UK public health graduate student found "a couple of bedbugs" Monday in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs. Another lounge was closed as a precautio
The University of Kentucky has found bedbugs in part of the UK Student Center. Student center director John Herbst said a UK public health graduate student said Monday that he had found "a couple of bedbugs" in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs and loveseats. The area was closed, as was a nearby lounge. No bedbugs had been spotted in the nearby lounge, and UK officials said it was closed only as a precaution.