The Energy and Environment Cabinet is accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires for athletic fields, playgrounds and other crumb-rubber applications. The cabinet will also consider funding research and development proposals for experimental practices or technologies that further the statutory purposes of the waste tire program - to protect human health, safety and the environment - or that will help develop a market for Kentucky waste tires. About $300,000 is available this grant cycle.
Interstate 65 is one of the major corridors modern-day slave traders use to shuttle victims from one location to another. In a national report card released today, Kentucky’s laws relating to child sex trafficking received a D on a scale of A to F, with A being the highest grade and F being the lowest. The study found that Kentucky takes a tough stance on human traffickers, but the penalties levied against people who pay for sex acts with minors are low, and “significant gaps” exist in laws that provide protective provisions for victims.
More than 700 child support checks worth about $94,000 bounced Friday after a banking error by JPMorgan Chase, the state’s new depository, according to state and bank officials. Nancy Norris, vice president of media relations at JPMorgan Chase, said the checks drew insufficient funds after a human error. The problem could’ve been worse, but the bank caught the error early, she said.
Yesterday, we reported about the tempest brewing about Carrier IQ, a secret software a researcher says has been installed on millions of phones and is capable of logging websites a user visits, the contents of voice and text messages and even the content of online searches.
Today Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat for Minnesotta, sent a letter to the company asking for a detailed explanation of the kind of information the company's software logs.
A proposal to allow elephant rides at circuses and fairs in certain cities has drawn criticism from a national animal rights group. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources a 19-page letter Wednesday, citing public safety as a chief concern.
Park Jong-kun's Twitter profile picture shows him inspecting a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky against a backdrop of the North Korean flag.
The 24-year-old South Korean photographer thought it would be funny, a visual parody of North Korea's news programs. But it turns out this profile picture could violate South Korea's strict six-decade-old National Security Law, which punishes those who "praise, disseminate or cooperate with anti-state groups" if such acts endanger democracy and national security.
Two of Central Kentucky's spookiest locations are about to find themselves in the national spotlight. The house at Rocky Point in Harrodsburg and Perryville Battlefield are the subject of the Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures,” which will air the episode featuring the landmarks at 9 p.m. EST Friday.
The chief of Jessamine County schools walked into Jessamine Career and Technology Center on Wednesday afternoon and was baffled when she was greeted by applause from dozens of district administrators, school officials, friends and family. “I thought maybe I had missed something on my calendar — what are they doing?” superintendent Lu Young said. “I knew it wasn’t my birthday.” Then she saw Wayne Young, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA), and figured it out — she was KASA’s 2012 superintendent of the year.
At a public meeting Wednesday, a consultant unveiled ambitious preliminary ideas for reinventing Rupp Arena and the surrounding area in downtown Lexington. Architect and urban planner Gary Bates, hired by the city's Arena, Arts & Entertainment Task Force, proposed a route tying the University of Kentucky campus more closely to downtown, and a continuous commons area — a central park connecting public spaces from Cox Street to the East End.