Eastern Kentucky school districts that were hammered by last week's tornadoes and thunderstorms are hoping to reopen next week, but some of the worst hit still are scrambling to find places for their students to go. Educators said the school year has been significantly disrupted for thousands of students. Some districts have been closed this week because of storm damage, while others are closed because school buildings are being used for storm relief efforts. Schools in Magoffin, Morgan and Wolfe counties sustained severe damage.
Kentucky State Police arrested four men Wednesday on charges of stealing metal storm debris in a restricted area of East Bernstadt in Laurel County. Troopers said that the four were seen taking tin and aluminum siding, which they apparently intended to sell for scrap. According to officers, the four men were allowed into the restricted area at East Bernstadt to assist with cleanup from last week's storms, and they had been directed to place debris by the edge of the roadway.
A bill that would allow random drug testing of welfare recipients was the subject of legislative boycotts and hearings today. House Bill 26 is sponsored by Republican representative Lonnie Napier, who says the bill does not unfairly target anyone and would help rid drug abuse from those who benefit from government programs. The bill was never expected to come for a vote in committee, leading Napier’s fellow Republicans on the panel to boycott the meeting.