Federal prosecutors have charged five men with responsibility for some of the biggest computer hacks in the past few years. The FBI says the hackers penetrated the computer systems of businesses like Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures, stole confidential information and splashed it all over the Internet.
But what's most unusual about the case is how investigators cracked it — with the help of an insider who became a secret government informant.
A state employee with 30 years of public safety experience has been named the new director of Lexington’s Division of Community Corrections. The selection of Rodney Ballard was announced Tuesday morning. He currently serves as a Deputy Commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Corrections and previously worked at a jail in northern Kentucky and for state police.
According to the Lexington Police Department, metal thefts account for more than $6 million dollars in damage in Fayette County since late 2010. Now two measures are currently making their way through local and state government that would tighten restrictions on buyers and sellers. A bill requiring registration for commercial recyclers who purchase scrap metal passed the House in Frankfort last week.
The University of Kentucky has entered into a Master Alliance Agreement with Kentucky-based Alltech for a variety of research-related projects. The pact allows even closer collaborations between scientists and researchers at the global animal health and nutrition company and their counterparts at UK. Scott Smith, Dean of the UK College of Agriculture, says the partnership signifies a new way forward for research.
The Kentucky Emergency Management Center in Frankfort urged people Tuesday to donate cash to help tornado victims instead of such goods as clothing, water and food. If people want to donate items, they are encouraged to donate through groups like the Salvation Army or the Christian Appalachian Project, which coordinate with state and federal officials and have storage to hold collected items until needed. Do not give to small groups that head out to the hard-hit areas to distribute the materials because many communities have been deluged and don't have storage space, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the emergency center. Financial donations were encouraged.
UK freshman Anthony Davis was named the Sporting News 2012 College Basketball Player of the Year on Tuesday. And teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was named to the Sporting News Second Team. Rounding out the first team along with Davis were Draymond Green of Michigan State, Isaiah Canaan of Murray State University, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.
The film version of the young adult book sensation The Hunger Games opens March 23rd. The hype around the movie has sent the sales of the already best-selling trilogy to new heights. And publishers are eagerly churning out more books set in post apocalyptic dystopian worlds — just like The Hunger Games.
The latest federal review of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion again blames Massey Energy for the deaths of 29 coal miners and says Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) failures did not directly contribute to the blast.