According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in eastern Kentucky declined in 2010, even though the industry saw a slight boost in western Kentucky. The variance in production is partially due to the different mining conditions found in the two regions. In eastern Kentucky, coal production declined by nearly 10 percent from 2009. But during the same time period, production increased by more than 13 percent in the western part of the state.
A group of wealthy Americans are marking the ten-year anniversary of the tax cuts signed into law by former President George W. Bush by calling for an end to the reductions for people making over $1 million. The group Patriotic Millionaires sent a video message to members of Congress Tuesday asking lawmakers to raise their taxes in order to help reduce the deficit. But Republican leaders have said any discussion about tax increases are a non-starter and Democratic support for the break has been solid.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park became only the fourth park in the Kentucky State Resort Park system to be a StormReady supporter. In addition to the state designation, the park and resort at Buckhorn Lake is only the fourth state park in the entire United States to get that designation by the National Weather Service. Officials of Buckhorn Lake, the Kentucky Department of Parks and the National Weather Service Office in Jackson were on hand at the park's Conference Center on Friday to make the presentation and present the plaque.
It was six o'clock. Like the rest of the staff of Bee Happy's, Tim Slone was waiting for folks to mosey into their new downtown Jackson restaurant on Main Street, to get a taste of their food, as well as to partake in the eatery's grand opening last Friday evening. It didn't take long for customers to pour in a few minutes later, and the sounds of servers talking to them about their orders mingled with occasional outbursts of laughter as well as the cries of “What would you like this evening?” and, “Can I get you a refill?”
Ladies and gentlemen, do not start your engines. There’s no need to drive out of state to buy fireworks to light up the summer sky. Starting Wednesday, you’ll be able to buy them legally in Kentucky. Roman candles, firecrackers and bottle rockets can be sold and used here, legalized by a bill passed during the last legislative session. Personal use of the larger versions of these fireworks, such as those used at public fireworks shows, will still not be allowed.
Muriel Summers breaks into tears when she talks about Ms. Rose. She was her teacher when Summers was 10 years old and, to this day, she remembers the smell of her perfume, the sound of her voice, the feel of her touch. “I am a teacher today because of her,” Summers said. “I wanted to make every child feel the way she made me feel.” Now, Summers, the principal of A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., has turned a once-failing school into one of the most popular schools in the state. She did it using a leadership formula that local school districts are implementing. It’s a formula that focuses less on grades and test scores, and more on encouraging children to become good citizens and leaders.
Still fairly new to his job, Simpson County Jailer Eric Vaughn, who took office Jan. 3, hopes to learn from his veteran counterparts across the state at the 29th annual Jail Improvement Conference that the Kentucky Jailers’ Association is holding this week at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center. “I’m learning a lot from veteran jailers,” Vaughn said during a break between classes. He looks forward to talking to other jailers about practices and ideas that could help his facility run more efficiently. Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter, elected last year, agrees that the conference is a great place for networking with other, more experienced jailers.
Reminding voters he cut his own salary and over a $1 billion in spending to balance the state’s budget, Democratic Governor Stever Beshear has unveiled a second television advertisement in his re-election bid against Republican state Senate President David Williams. Entitled “Leading by example”, the 30-second commercial began airing statewide Monday, and highlights cost-cutting measures the governor has advocated during the national recession.
Surveyors found 342 deficiencies in nursing homes they inspected in Kentucky recently. The data, obtained through an Open Records request by the statewide advocacy group Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform covers the first three months of 2011 and is the latest information on the quality of nursing home care at this time, according to a press release from the group.
After calling Kentucky home for 71 years, the transition of armor functions from Fort Knox to Fort Benning, Ga., will pass another milestone this week when units with the U.S. Army Armor School case their colors at Brooks Field. The colors casing and departure ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday and is open to the public. The Armor School’s primary training units — the 194th Armored Brigade and the 316th Cavalry Brigade — will roll up their flags and case them in a green sheath, a rite of passage for the Army, said Col. Michael Wadsworth, deputy commandant of the Armor School.
Former state representative Steve Nunn, who is in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge, was placed in protective custody in the Fayette County jail Monday after he allegedly was threatened by another inmate. It was the second such incident in a month. Nunn, accused of killing his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, was beaten up by an inmate while the two were playing basketball May 9.
Kathryn Cunningham has a desk job at the University of Kentucky. But that doesn't mean she's stationary all day. She walks at her desk. Cunningham spent about $2,000 on a treadmill desk, which she has been using since moving into her tiny one-person office in the UK Science Library last fall. She compares her daily desk walk, which can be 3 to 7 miles a day, to the kind of challenge involved in having a class with hundreds of students, yet making sure that each one stays focused.
Lexington police and attorneys for Glenn Doneghy, accused of murder in the death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman, are looking for a videotape of a woman who allegedly says on the video that she was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Durman last year. The existence of such a tape was discussed Monday during a hearing in Doneghy's case in Fayette Circuit Court.
Construction began Monday night on a project intended to alleviate congestion at the Harrodsburg and New Circle Road interchange in Lexington. he project is the first in the state and one of only a handful in the nation that uses what's known as a double crossover diamond or diverging diamond design, which has motorists crossing over and driving on the left side of the road.
On Monday, things went back to normal at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. TMMK production has returned to 100 percent, up from 30 percent production levels the plant experienced from mid-April up to last week. The Georgetown production line was hurt by parts shortages caused by the continuing impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The largest Toyota plant in North America stopped the line for two non-production days each week in an effort to conserve parts supplies.
Fifty-two Harlan Countians, primarily residents of Benham, Cumberland and Lynch, have been indicted on drug charges. The indictments followed a year-long undercover investigation that primarily revolved around the sale of OxyContin, hydrocodone and Suboxone. A majority of the pills purchased during the investigation originated in Florida, officials said.
Starting Wednesday, small amounts of marijuana or prescription pills may not land a violator in jail. Under provisions of House Bill 463 set to take effect this week, law enforcement officials will issue citations instead of making arrests on many misdemeanor offenses. Hopkinsville Chief of Police Guy Howie said his department has already been issuing citations for some misdemeanor offenses. Still, he admitted any time there is a new procedure there is also an adjustment period. “It’s going to be a change,” Howie said. “It’s going to take some getting used to.”
Imagine the process of documenting all the objects you own - from coffee mugs to individual pieces of clothing - and you've got an idea of the work underway at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. "Every single artifact is getting a photograph, getting measured, getting re-cataloged, a new condition description, and then put online." KHS recently launched its Objects Catalog, and curator Bill Bright says more artifacts are going online.
In the past week, several Kentucky politicians have spoken out against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and what they call its “war on coal.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear and State Representative Jim Gooch Jr. have all complained that EPA regulation is endangering the state’s coal industry.
The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified. It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies. Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago.
Many say the un-official start to summer is Memorial Day. If you agree with that premise, then it’s already been a pretty hot summer. A weather specialist at the University of Kentucky says it’s hard to say what comes next. Many Kentuckians may already be thinking about fall, dreaming about cooler temperatures. Summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21st, but a great deal of hot humid weather has already come to many Kentucky communities.
It’s going to be easier for Kentuckians with associate degrees at an eastern Kentucky school to move into full-fledged Bachelor’s degree programs. On Monday (today) Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State and Hazard Community and Technical College announced details of a collaborative regional education program. EKU President Doug Whitlock says it’s called the Associate to Baccalaureate Degree Pathway
The newly renovated Hall of Governors at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort reopened over the weekend. The Hall of Governors is literally a wide hallway in the west wing of the history center. It's lined with the portraits of dozens of Kentucky governors. In years past, visitors often breezed through the room, because there was no historical or biographical information accompanying the paintings. That's no longer the case, says Scott Alvey, who's overseeing the hall's redevelopment.
Starting tonight, construction of a new kind of interchange could slow evening traffic flow in Lexington. Work began last week on what’s called a “double cross over diamond interchange” along Harrodsburg Road.
Kentucky’s best known education advocacy group is examining new academic standards and what they may mean for both students and teachers. The annual spring meeting is taking place at a central Kentucky state park.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has resumed rehabilitation work on part of Wolf Creek Dam in southern Kentucky. Officials began repairs in 2006 after determining the dam could fail, which would cause major flooding in several downstream cities, including Nashville. The dam’s condition also forced engineers to lower water levels on Lake Cumberland. Project manager David Hendrix says completion of the repairs is more than two years away.
Today, Kentucky police officers may arrest for misdemeanors such as possession of marijuana or disorderly conduct. Beginning Wednesday, police may only cite some misdemeanors rather than arrest. Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 463 into law March 3. The bill is designed to decrease prison population, incarceration costs and recidivism. Section 46 of the bill covers arrestable offenses and makes significant changes to what misdemeanor offenses local law enforcement can and cannot arrest for.
Many Kentucky teenagers graduated from high school over the weekend and many of them will enroll in college. And, if statistics hold true, a majority will be unprepared. School leaders are working to combat a problem that plagues colleges in Kentucky and across the nation: Too many college freshmen are not ready for college-level courses.
FRANKFORT, KY - Over the objections of a bevy of birdwatchers, a sandhill crane hunting season may soon become a reality in Kentucky. Sandhill cranes are large, migratory birds that were almost completely wiped out in the early 1900's, but rebounded with federal protection. The population east of the Mississippi River now numbers around 60,000 and many of the birds winter in Kentucky.
FRANKFORT — Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday announced that six additional Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, bringing the total to 17 counties. Kentuckians in Ballard, Daviess, Henderson, Lawrence, McLean and Pike counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred beginning April 22 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.