After 40-years in business, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Borders plans to liquidate. The company once operated four bookstores in Louisville, but the branches on 4th Street and South Hurstbourne were closed weeks after the company filed for Chapter 11 in February. The stores at Shelbyville Road Plaza and on Bardstown Road were to remain open through the Chapter 11 process, but will now close along with about 400 other branches that survived the first round of closures.
A spokesman with the U-S Postal Service says the agency is about to conduct a study to see if some of the duties handled by the Lexington Processing and Distribution Center could be performed more efficiently at the Louisville plant. David Walton says such "Area Mail Processing" studies are going on all across the country.
An official with a coalition of Kentucky veterans groups has asked state lawmakers if something more can be done to keep protesters farther away from military funerals. Dave Jarrett made the appeal recently to a legislative Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. Jarrett is chairman of the Joint Executive Council of Veterans. He says he realizes free speech must be protected, but the funeral of a soldier is a solemn occasion.
For months, the University of Louisville has been in merger talks with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives. Mergers involving Catholic institutions often raise concerns about reproductive health issues, since the religion is opposed to many procedures that could affect birth control. U of L will maintain medical facilities that are not affected by the merger, and previously, school officials said those offices would provide services that are frowned upon or banned by the Catholic Church.
Community leaders and officials from TrollandToad.com attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday celebrating the expansion of the company’s Kentucky operations. The 18-year-old company, which specializes in games, moved into a new location in Corbin and has added 50 new jobs, bringing its total employment to more than 160. Over the next two years, the company plans to hire 100 more employees, for a total of more than 250 employees.
A new CBS News poll shows average Americans aren’t pleased with anyone involved in the debt ceiling negotiations in Washington, but congressional Republicans are taking the brunt of the blame. The survey shows 71 percent disapprove of the GOP’s handling of the talks while 58 percent blame Democrats and 48 percent point the finger at President Barack Obama. Though the president received the lowest disapproval ratings, Mr. Obama’s negatives are still higher than his approval ratings on the matter.
Members of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Task Force on Elections are at odds over when to begin redrawing legislative districts based on the 2010 Census. It could either be done during a special session this year or during the regular session which begins in January. “It can be done relatively easy in about a five day session if everybody comes prepared with their plans, vote them up or vote them down, amend them if we have to. I truly believe we ought to have one probably in September or October,” says Senator Walter Blevins, an eastern Kentucky Democrat.
Kentucky will be plagued with hot and humid weather from Tuesday through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The combination of hot temperatures mixed with high humidity levels will produce dangerously high heat indices. Areas west of Interstate 65 will potentially see a heat index of 110 by midweek. Areas along Interstate 75 will generally see slightly lower temperatures and humidity, the NWS said.
Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash was recently told a joke by a Bowling Green resident. The man remarked that the last person to sign the Declaration of Independence actually did so on July 12. Then the man said, perhaps that’s why fireworks are still being shot off in the city. Tuesday night, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners will seek a solution to the issue over the use of fireworks that arose following the Fourth of July. Nash said the issue of fireworks has been second to the smoking ban in terms of feedback he’s received from citizens. He said he has received numerous emails and calls from people against fireworks.
Democratic candidate for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Farmer is proposing four new regional offices to be placed throughout the state in order to provide better resources to residents and bring services closer to local farmers. “It just makes sense to have regional offices that specialize in those commodities in those regions and really be a voice to those local areas..” says Farmer campaign manager Matt Wyatt. “It’s really top down right now. You have to go to Frankfort. And we want to bring Frankfort out to the people.”
The Kentucky Farm Bureau will host Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams at a forum this Wednesday in Louisville. It will be the candidates’ first joint appearance since winning their respective nominations in the race for governor. The forum is being promoted as a dialogue where the two will share their visions for state agricultural interests. Board members will ask Beshear and Williams questions, but organizers have stressed this is not a debate.
Many Kentucky public schools have until Jul. 29 to become part of a new pilot food program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but all may not participate. The program provides free breakfast and lunch to all students in schools where at least 40 percent of students are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—or participate in the Free and Reduced Meal Program. In Kentucky 102 school districts are eligible; Jefferson County is one of them.
FRANKFORT — Forbes magazine has named three Kentucky cities to its Best Places for Business and Careers List. The magazine ranked Lexington at No. 4 and Louisville at No. 14, as well as Bowling Green at No. 5 on the small towns list.
Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010, put the crown on Miss Bowling Green, Ann-Blair Thornton, after Thornton won the Miss Kentucky Pageant on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts.
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Ann-Blair Thornton, a 21-year-old from Bowling Green, was nearly speechless Saturday night after being crowned Miss Kentucky 2011. "I don't know if this is real," she said. "Looking back on all the years I've put into this, I never dreamed it would be real." Shortly after the glittering crown was placed atop her head at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Thornton said the first thing she planned to do as Miss Kentucky was "give my parents a hug. This is all their doing," she said.
A Bracken County family is grieving the loss of family member and soldier, Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers. Summers, a U.S. Army soldier serving in Afghanistan was killed July 14, a family member confirmed Friday. His mother told the Lexington Herald-Leader that her son had just re-enlisted in the Army last week.
7H is an herbal incense product sold as "potpourri." Many people looking for a cheap, legal alternative to marijuana are smoking 7H.
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Two hits into an herbal incense packaged as 7H, and Amy, a University of Kentucky sophomore home for the summer in Bowling Green, loses complete awareness that she has a body. Amy is having what some drug users call a “bad trip,” the kind of trip that in Amy’s case ended with an ambulance ride to the emergency room at The Medical Center. Amy, whose name was changed for this story, agreed to speak anonymously to the Daily News to warn other young people about the dangers of smoking incense.
Hundreds of people walk through the parking lot to admire the cars on display Saturday at the National Corvette Homecoming at the Sloan Convention Center.
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Adrian Vergot grew up playing with Hot Wheels and watching the television show “Speed Racer.” He was constantly disappointed that few cars actually resembled his childhood icons, so last year he purchased the ultimate hot wheels. Vergot, of Pittsburgh, brought his 1968 titanic Corvette to the 30th annual National Corvette Homecoming, which wrapped up Saturday at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center. Vergot was one of hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts who flocked to the three-day event, showing off their cars that ranged from the newest Corvettes to cars that were manufactured decades ago.
Kentucky is in for a bruising week of low- to mid-90-degree weather. As a result, a heat advisory - which is issued when high humidity combines with hot temperatures to make it feel as if it is 100 to 105 degrees - will be in effect today.
The Kentucky attorney general’s office says Scott County Magistrate Bill Parker’s employment with Georgetown-Scott County Parks and Recreation is a conflict of interest. “It is our belief that it would be a conflict to hold both the position of fiscal court magistrate and work as an employee for a county parks and recreation board,” Aaron S. Ament, an assistant attorney general, wrote to Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordie Shaw.
Voters in Benham will in November, more than likely, face the ballot question of whether the city should sell its power board to Kentucky Utilities. At a Benham city council meeting Thursday, city officials discussed the dire situation that the board and the distribution system are in. “We buy our power from KU and then resell it. Our computer system being down meant that we went for four to five months without any bills going out or revenue coming in. It also meant that we went for months without making payments to KU,” Power Board Chairman Danny Quillen said.
Scott Smith, 87, of Danville, a fan of Westerns since childhood, hadn't attempted the genre until a few years ago despite a long career in publishing.
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Scott Smith, 87, is a retired newspaperman. He's also had a lifelong fascination with the Old West. Now, the Danville resident has combined his two long held interests and published his first novel - The Bronco Man. Naturally, it's a western.
Eli Capilouto shown in a Herald-Leader interview at the UK HealthCare retreat at Keeneland race track on Monday, June 13 in Lexington.
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With a new president at the helm, the University of Kentucky will pay a Chicago-based consulting firm $285,000 to re-examine the school's long-term goals — set during rosier financial times — and suggest efficiencies. Results from the study conducted by Huron Consulting Group will be considered during a UK Board of Trustees retreat with new president Eli Capilouto in October.
When cities and counties around Kentucky passed budgets just before July 1, many blamed the cost of the state pension system for cuts to services and personnel. Legislators anticipate reform of the Kentucky Retirement System will emerge as the top issue once the legislative redistricting is completed in the next session of the General Assembly.
The inaugural Quaker State 400 brought mixed results for businesses near the Kentucky Speedway, with some saying their business was up while others were left wondering why the expected windfall fell short.
It’s been more than a month since production increased at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky after a weeks-long parts shortage. The shortage was caused by the April earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which severed and disrupted supply chains. All of Toyota’s 13 North American plants saw production drop as a result.
For decades, Kentuckians have known they’re vulnerable to radon, but many are not protecting themselves. The radioactive gas collects in crawl spaces and basements, and has been linked to health problems. Much of central Kentucky is troubled by radon gas. Thanks to the region’s limestone and caves, radon levels here are much higher than the national average.
Repairs to a railroad which cuts through the heart of a scenic central Kentucky town is sure to cause some disruption. But, it’s the view ‘down the track’ which excites business owners who cater to tourists. Railroad crossing repairs along four streets in Midway is expected to snarl traffic over the next couple of weeks. Each crossing will be impassible for a couple days while it’s upgraded. It’s inconvenient, but Mary Thoresen of Damselfly Gallery says it’s important to look at the big picture.
A Corbin man and an Illinois woman died Friday morning after a van traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 crashed head-on into a passenger car, authorities said. Joseph Vardeman, 38, of Corbin was driving the van, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. Amy Adkins, 26, of East Peoria, Ill. was a passenger who died in a Chevrolet. Investigators have not identified the person who was driving the Chevy. They were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington.
After winning the Jessamine County Fair demolition derby small car division and receiving his trophy Wednesday night, David L. Warner Jr., 36, received something else — a set of handcuffs as Nicholasville police arrested him and charged him with DUI. “He won the demolition derby in the small car division,” Nicholasville police Capt. Chris Cain said. “We had some complaints from officials and the crowd that he was drunk.”
Louisville has received $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help its homeless veterans.The Housing Authority of Lexington and the Kentucky Housing Corporation each received 25 vouchers as well. Kentucky was granted a total of $349,062. Since 2008, HUD has provided vouchers through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to help subsidize housing for homeless veterans in all 50 states. In Louisville they’ve partnered with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.