FRANKFORT - The state has begun implementation of an initiative to combat the growing mosquito problem in Western Kentucky caused by recent floods. Treatments to kill adult mosquitoes will begin Wednesday night, weather permitting. “Last week I ordered the development of a comprehensive plan to reduce the current mosquito population in numerous western counties and to help diminish further outbreaks later in the summer,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today we begin implementation of that plan, and I hope our swift action will bring relief to thousands of Kentuckians as flood victims begin to recover.”
The Bowling Green Code Enforcement Board on Tuesday upheld the citation and fine against American Legion Post 23 for violating the city’s no-smoking ordinance. The veterans organization was cited April 28 and assessed a $25 fine for violating the ordinance that bans smoking in most indoor businesses. Attorney Alan Simpson of Bowling Green, who represents the Legion, appealed the citation, which was issued on the first day the ordinance went into effect. Four witnesses testified in a hearing that lasted about an hour Tuesday, and the Code Enforcement Board unanimously voted to uphold the citation and fine.
A Senior Petroleum Analyst says gas prices are expected to spike between ten to thirty cents going into the heavily traveled Memorial Day weekend. Patrick DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com which tracks gas prices in all fifty states and Canada, says despite a recent downward trend, a sudden jump in wholesale prices on Monday and Tuesday of this week is expected to drive up the cost of a gallon of gas this holiday weekend.
Looking ways to save energy and money, the City of Berea has joined in an Energy Cost Savings Plan. The project is a collaboration of Berea city government, the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and Sustainable Berea. Mayor Steve Connelly says rising gasoline prices justify a change.
The former U.S. controller for Nicholasville-based Alltech is suing the international animal feed company for sexual harassment, alleging she suffered three years of salacious emails, calls and assault by her former boss. The lawsuit says top officials at the company ignored the complaints of Amanda Jo Wester, who started at Alltech in 2007, about Eric Lanz, Alltech's director of the Americas at the time, and then retaliated against her. Wester recently resigned from the company, according to her attorney.
Louisville has been named one of the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians by the group Transportation for America. The organization looked at pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009 and concluded that Louisville is the 19th most dangerous metro area in the country, and second in the Midwest, behind Detroit.
State officials are moving forward with a plan to establish alcohol sales at four Kentucky state parks, including General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Also included in the plan are Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonburg and John James Audubon State Park in Henderson. The plan originally was announced last summer as part of a strategy to reduce costs generate revenue for the park system in light of state budget cuts.
Bondurant's Pharmacy owner Eric Brewer advised customers to pick up their prescriptions Tuesday, but he declined to comment when asked about media reports that the distinctively shaped pharmacy might be closing. Customers who called the pharmacy Tuesday were told it would be open until 6 p.m.; then it would close for good. When asked whether Tuesday would be the pharmacy's last day open, Brewer said he didn't know. The independent pharmacy was built in 1974 in the shape of a giant mortar and pestle.
Serving as Lynch’s first female mayor since being appointed in September, Darlene Monhollen resigned that position at a special called meeting of the Lynch City Council on Tuesday. Monhollen’s letter of resignation was read to council members by mayor pro tem Anne Carr. Monhollen cited health problems as the reason for her leaving. Council member Taylor Hall was appointed to fill Monhollen’s position until the November election.
A Brooksville family of eight is thankful for a sturdy house, after storm driven winds downed a large maple tree on their residence Monday night. Coletta and Charlie Tolley have been living in the home on Kentucky 10 near Bracken County High school for six years without incident, said Coletta Tolley. They live there with their son and daughter and four grandchildren and are now looking for temporary shelter until the tree can be removed.
Kentucky’s system for tracking prescription drug sales is “forward leaning” but it’s not enough to curb abuse. That’s according to U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske.Speaking to the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Kerlikowske said the system, known as KASPER, and similar initiatives in other states work well, but they need to work together.
The 2010 Kentucky State Police Trooper of the Year is a veteran of Post 1 in Mayfield, in far western Kentucky. Senior Trooper Thomas Williams was honored along with a host of other state troopers in an awards ceremony in Frankfort.
A new program will keep rising Fayette County kindergartners busy this summer. Four-year-old Josiah is already looking forward to next school year, when he'll be a kindergartner at Northern Elementary. "Books and art and paint," says Josiah. He's one of 2,000 students who will start kindergarten at Fayette County Public Schools this fall.
A neighborhood-based crime prevention program would be reduced from eight officers to four under a Lexington Police budget proposal. The program is called CLEAR -- Community Law Enforcement Action Response. It has the support of several Urban County Council members, including 3rd District Representative Diane Lawless.
FRANKFORT — Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday announced that 11 Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Kentuckians in Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, Webster and Union counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred April 22 – May 20 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is seeking an exemption to conflict-of-interest rules. Paul is an ophthalmologist and he’s been performing eye surgeries for free at his Bowling Green practice since taking office. Senate rules prohibit members from being paid for other employment, but Paul is asking his colleagues to allow him to bill patients only to cover surgery expenses such as insurance. Paul continues to perform surgeries so he can keep his skills sharp.
When two female Greenwood High School students decided to take their war of words to the next level and throw punches, the fight landed a Bowling Green woman in jail and the two girls in juvenile court. The fight was captured on video and uploaded to the website YouTube, where the adult can be seen smiling as she turned and looked at the camera, according to court records.
The remnants of the storm that devastated Joplin, Mo., on Sunday caused moderate damage in Calloway County early Monday morning and Monday afternoon. A Murray-based weather observer said the system that came through early Monday was a weakening straight-line wind storm left over from the same system that hit Missouri on Sunday. He said the highest winds were 48 mph. High winds knocked down trees and power lines.
Some Berea College students are taking their concerns about the health risks of mercury to federal officials. They’re headed to Atlanta to take part in an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday. Cassy Hobert of Frenchburg is going because she’s worried about her unborn baby.
“And so when I started doing the research for this, for mercury contamination, for mercury pollution as preparation to go to Atlanta, I found some really disturbing statistics, like as many as 1 in 6 women in the United States have mercury levels in their blood high enough to put an unborn child at risk,” said Hobert.
Eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carlisle, Daviess, Washington, and Wolfe counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Daviess County crashes.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in 11 Kentucky counties — including Union and Webster counties — who suffered damages in the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April 22 and continuing can apply for federal and state disaster assistance by phone or online, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In downtown Lexington, hundreds of scientists, farmers and food producers are pondering what you had for breakfast. And dinner. And what the rest of the soon-to-be 7 billion people on the planet will eat this year. The 27th Alltech symposium on animal health and nutrition has brought together a record 2,100 people from 72 countries to weigh the big issues in food.
During the past few years, officials in the Scott County town of Sadieville have started looking around with new eyes. What they see is history that has been ignored and is in danger of being lost: deteriorating hotels and saloons where Sadieville's history got started, a sagging Rosenwald school once used to educate African-American students, a historic church that sits empty. "We're getting a huge preservation appetite," Mayor Claude Christensen said. "The more we looked, the more we saw and uncovered these things that had significance." It's the same story in hamlets all over the state, and it's why they are highlighted in Preservation Kentucky's Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011.
The former office manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud for cashing $435,837 in checks on the organization's account, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Bendrea Wilson, 33, admitted she issued 142 fraudulent checks to other people from 2008 through October 2009, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District.
FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D., joined representatives from Safe Kids and other advocates at the Capitol Monday to unveil the elements of a national education and awareness campaign to help reduce child vehicular deaths caused by heat stroke. The event comes on the heels of a weekend tragedy in Louisville in which a 2-year-old died after being left in a hot car.
State offices will be closed on Friday as part of the state’s budget balancing plan to furlough state government workers a total of six days in Fiscal Year 2011, as authorized by the 2010-12 biennial budget passed by the General Assembly.
The acting head of the Louisville Department of Health and Wellness says the city’s recent poor showing in the American Fitness Index is not a reflection of his department’s programs. Louisville and the surrounding counties were ranked next to last in the index, which measured the general fitness of residents of various metropolitan areas.
A piece of stolen artwork that’s been at the Speed Museum in Louisville for years will be returned to Italy.
The 14th century triptych painting of the Virgin Mary with Child was among several pieces of art stolen from an Italian estate forty years ago. The Speed purchased the piece from a New York gallery in 1973 for $38,000.