Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have risen 19.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.28 per gallon on Sunday. On average, national gas prices have increased 8 cents per gallon in the last week, according to the gasoline price website KentuckyGasPrices.com. In Kentucky, prices on Sunday were 27.5 cents per gallon higher than they were the same day in 2010 and 11.2 cents higher than a month ago.
By Trent Knuckles, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal and Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal
A vote that would allow packaged alcohol sales in Corbin will likely take place Feb. 21. Citizens for Economic Progress filed the petition on Dec. 12 at the Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz's Office. Schwartz said Tuesday morning that 544 signatures were certified from the Whitley County side of Corbin, and that Knox County certified 148 signatures.
A Kentucky woman who has accused a Mercer County school teacher of putting her autistic son into a bag as punishment plans to address the school board next month. Sandra Baker was called to the Mercer County Intermediate School a couple weeks ago after her 9-year-old autistic son was misbehaving. She said she found him in a bag meant for therapeutic purposes, but the staff was instead using the bag as punishment. This week, Baker said her son has been unusually quiet since the incident.
Environmental groups have filed an appeal and a lawsuit, both targeting coal mines in Kentucky. The Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are appealing the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s decision to issue a Clean Water Act permit for the Beech Fork Processing Plant in Lovely in Johnson County.
As 2011 winds down, many charities are hoping an eleventh hour push for donations will keep their services up and running through new next. On average, charities receive about 41 percent of their donations during the last few weeks of the year. Erin Gold, Vice President of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, told WKYT that donations made to her organization are turned into cash, which helps put the jobless back to work.
By Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader and Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentuckians overwhelmingly support putting a casino-gambling constitutional amendment on the November ballot, where it probably would pass, according to a new survey conducted for racetracks and horse-racing interests. According to numbers released Tuesday, 87 percent of Kentuckians want to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling. Only 10 percent of those surveyed said they opposed a vote.
Part of a health care complez at a central Kentucky hospital will rely on solar power. Administrators say Rockcastle Regional Hospital is the first hospital in Kentucky to use the sun as an energy source. The Rockcastle county hospital went on-line with its solar array a few weeks ago. 210 solar modules are positioned on top of the hospital’s Outpatient Services Center. These units produce enough energy annually to power eight to ten homes. Rockcastle Regional Hospital C-E-O Steve Estes says the solar panels essentially power the third floor of the Outpatient facility.
A Fayette County landfill, opened in the 1970’s, closes Friday. Since 1995, Lexington’s Haley Pike landfill has only accepted construction and demolition debris. Now, the facility is filled to capacity. Mark York, with Lexington’s Division of Environmental Policy, says the closure primarily affects the construction industry.