In Frankfort, two economic experts battled it out in a day long hearing in Kentucky's gas price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum. The state is accusing Marathon of illegally jacking up gasoline prices during a state of emergency declared on April 26th and still in effect. The company denies any wrongdoing.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an earthquake drill in western Kentucky Wednesday.
FEMA is testing how well various federal, state, city and private agencies can respond to a devastating quake on the New Madrid Fault, which is underneath parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.
Louisville MetroSafe spokesperson Lee Cravins says his agency was asked to prepare to send crews to the simulated disaster area.
First responders and medical crews had a busy morning at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport Wednesday.
Patients were loaded onto stretchers and transported from a Kentucky Air National Guard plane to a Mustang Aviation hangar, where doctors worked to quickly assess their injuries from an earthquake in western Kentucky.
"I got another belly trauma here guys!" yelled a doctor.
The top two leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination.
Depending on what happens next on the weather front, mosquitoes could find prime habitat in central Kentucky. Record rainfall last month could also help increase numbers. The cool weather has slowed the emergence of mosquitoes, but once temperatures regularly reach into the 80s, Luke Mathias with Fayette County Environmental Health says mosquitoes will return. A warm spell a week or so ago even probably had a few people scratching themselves.
Candidates in last night’s primary election were celebrating and commiserating in hotels, restaurants and campaign headquarters across the state. But the real action was online. Even for a contest with 10 percent turnout, activity on Twitter was feverish at times for followers and users of the #kyelect and #kyelects hashtags.
Police are looking for the masterminds behind an unusual theft ring that enlists homeless people to cash fraudulent checks at banks. The scam has netted "tens of thousands of dollars," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. About 60 fraudulent checks are thought to have been cashed.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a memorandum of understanding with Murray State University, the McCracken County Fiscal Court and the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council regarding the issuance of a $10 million bond to help fund construction of a new extended MSU campus in Paducah.
MURRAY – Local, state and company officials from Pella Corp. have announced the firm will expand its Murray operations - creating 75 new jobs by June. Pella manufactures and installs windows and doors for new construction and renovation projects. Demand for the company’s energy-efficient vinyl products is driving the expansion, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.
Predictions by Secretary of State Elaine Walker that just 10 percent of registered voters would go to the polls Tuesday turned out to be on target. About 10.3 percent of registered voters voted in Tuesday’s primary election. There were just seven races between the Democratic and Republican tickets. “I think the turnout today was an embarrassment,” Walker told the Daily News late Tuesday evening.
The Clark County Board of Education asked community members for their opinions on a name for its new high school, and they responded loudly and clearly: It should be George Rogers Clark High School. More than 5,000 people submitted suggestions to the board, with the vast majority wanting to keep the current name of the existing high school, and the board listened.
It got much closer than many expected but in the end not close enough. Everything that needed to happen seemed to fall into place for gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett and his running mate, state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County, to have a big upset in the Republican primary Tuesday. In the end, though, low turnout and what appeared to be a sizable response from the Tea Party movement that swept a number of state and federal officials into office last fall were not quite enough. In the Republican primary, Senate President David Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, ended up with about 48 percent of the vote to 37.9 for Moffett and Harmon.
Praising Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, the Republican Governors Association issued a statement Tuesday in support of the GOP nominee that blasted Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama. Williams beat Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in the May 17 primary with 48 percent of the vote, but lost to both challengers in the state’s most populous counties.
An area of rundown, vacant houses in Richmond faces a radical makeover. Mayor Jim Barnes Wednesday announced a plan to transform the Tipton Court neighborhood. “It’s dilapidated housing. And what we’re doing is we’re tearing up those houses, there’s like six or seven houses that are in bad shape,” said Barnes.
Tapping the roots of how the late Rosemary Clooney's family got to Kentucky and where her musical career traveled in her early days, author Malcolm Macfarlane has traveled from his home in England to Las Vegas and Augusta in a quest for answers. Spending Monday visiting Augusta, and interviewing Clooney's brother, Nick Clooney, on Tuesday afternoon, Macfarlane and his wife, Pat also toured Maysville.
Kentucky Republicans on Tuesday chose Lexington developer John T. Kemper III as their nominee to be the state's elected Auditor of Public Accounts. Kemper, 47, is in personal bankruptcy and preparing to lose his home in a foreclosure auction following the failure of his construction business. He defeated state Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence. Kemper, who last year unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Congress in Central Kentucky, did not return phone messages left Tuesday night.
Last week a paper copy of the Ten Commandments once again found its way to a place of prominence: the front door of the Shelby County Courthouse. The 8-by-11-inch copy was taped to the inside of the door, next to the sign banning food and drink.
Spencer County farmers are getting a bit nervous as last month went down in the history books as Kentucky’s wettest on record, hindering crop and vegetable planting. Spencer County Agricultural Extension Agent Bryce Roberts said that although the situation hasn’t reached emergency status, the next couple of weeks could determine whether or not local farmers can plant crops that are in high global demand, such as corn and soybeans.
It'll be Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear against Senate President David Williams in the fall. The line up for the November general election was settled last night in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Beshear had no primary opposition, but he roused a crowd of several hundred in Frankfort, with a litany of his accomplishments in his first three and a half years in office.
FRANKFORT – Kentucky and other several other states teamed up this week with federal, state government officials, volunteer organizations and representatives of business and industry to kick off National Level Exercise 2011, a week-long simulation of a catastrophic earthquake centered on the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
He gave many college students in the area their first jobs. For years, he anonymously placed gifts on the doorsteps of poor people at Christmas. Recently, when he was lying in a hospital bed trying to beat leukemia, he prayed for visitors who had come to pray for him. Serur Frank Dawahare Jr., one of the principals in a former Kentucky retail clothing dynasty, died Monday at his home in Lexington, apparently of complications from leukemia. He was 83. Read more...
By Janet Patton and Jennifer Hewlett Lexington Herald-Leader
About 10 percent of Kentucky's registered voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's primary election, a turnout that at least one official called "abysmal." Late Tuesday, with 99.8 percent of precincts reporting, the statewide voter turnout was 10.3 percent. Out of 2,917,837 registered voters, just over 300,000 had voted."Voter participation was low, turnout was late and we weren't surprised by that in this election," said Lindsay Zoeller, deputy assistant secretary of state. Read more...
Even though Tea Party-backed gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett lost the Republican primary, his supporters are celebrating. Moffett was a political novice with little name recognition, and he lacked the fundraising power of the primary winner, state Senate President David Williams. But Moffett beat Williams in the state’s two most populous counties and finished about ten percent behind the favorite statewide. He credits the surprising performance to individual Tea Party groups across the state.
Two of the most politically powerful men in Frankfort begin their battle for the governor’s mansion today. Last night’s primary election results made it official. It was a given incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear would campaign to maintain his position as governor. Beshearr had no primary opposition. But, the other piece of the political puzzle...his Republican opponent... fell into place last night.
The Republican nominee for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner will be state lawmaker James Comer, who defeated Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger in the GOP primary. With 72% of precincts reporting in the Democratic primary for the office, Bob Farmer of Louisville led a five-person field with 30% of the vote.
Incumbent Todd Hollenbach has easily defeated western Kentucky businessman Steve Hamrick in the Democratic primary for Kentucky Treasurer. Hollenbach will face Republican Lexington Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie and Libertarian Ken Moelllman in the November general election.