Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent in September from 9.5 percent in August, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The preliminary September jobless rate was half a percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state a year ago.
In the fall of 1963, in the throes of the Cold War, Coral Way Elementary took in the children of political refugees fleeing Fidel Castro's Cuba. The goal was not just to teach them English, but to make sure they remained fluent in Spanish and held on to their culture. Cuban-Americans thrived in Miami, and so did Coral Way's bilingual immersion model.
As Pike County officials continue to celebrate strides toward establishing commercial air service at the Pikeville-Pike County Airport, Congressman Hal Rogers chose instead to focus on the state of the coal industry during a visit to Pikeville this week. At an event at the University of Pikeville on Wednesday, Rogers vowed to “reign in” the Environmental Protection Agency and to continue to resist the Obama Administration’s “war on coal.”
With a book about Steve Jobs' life set to hit real and virtual shelves soon, his official biographer, Walter Isaacson, is appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday. And as often happens in these cases, portions of the book have hit the web a little ahead of its Oct. 24 publish date.
State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) is taking dead aim at employers who hire people in the country illegally. Montell this week prefiled a bill that he said he hopes will reduce the number of employees who are in the state illegally by putting more restrictions – and potential penalties – for those who do the hiring. Montell announced Wednesday that he will introduce BR 58 at the 2012 legislative session that would require all employers with more than 11 workers to use E-Verify, a system that checks Social Security numbers for authenticity.
The Kentucky Attorney General's Office has ruled that the Whitley County Clerk's Office subverted the intent of the state's open records act by not allowing a man to use a personal handheld scanner or a camera without a flash to copy county records rather than pay the 50-cent per page charge to the clerk's office.
Berry Plastics Corp. plans to close the former Rexam Madisonville plant and layoff its 124 employees by Jan. 31. Plant employee Randy Flahardy wasn’t surprised by the announcement. He noticed production has been slow since the company took over Rexam on Sept. 1. “It was almost like they made the decision to shut us down when they bought us,” Flahardy said.
Oversight of athletics at the University of Kentucky would move from the UK Athletics Association to a committee of the UK Board of Trustees under a proposal approved Thursday by a special committee of trustees. That proposal was unanimously approved by the committee, which was created by board Chairman Britt Brockman to study how the university oversees athletics. He formed the committee shortly after former President Lee T. Todd Jr. gave Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart a contract extension and a raise without consulting the Board of Trustees or the UKAA Board.
The second game of the World Series came down to the ninth inning Thursday night, as the Texas Rangers used a string of base hits, sacrifices and a stolen base to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1. It was the second tight game of the series, which is now tied, 1-1.
NPR's Tom Goldman calls Ian Kinsler's steal of second in the ninth inning "a key moment" in the win. At that point in the game, the Rangers were down 1-0. But then Kinsler reached first base, on a bloop single to shallow left field. And he was determined to make it to second base.
A Richmond man credited with linking Libya to the 1988 bombing of downing of Pan Am flight 103 says the death of Moammar Gaddafi may bring closure to the victims’ families. Former FBI agent Tom Thurman’s investigation connected a small piece of circuit board found at the crash site in Lockerbie, Scotland to Libya. 270 people on the jet and on the ground were killed. Now, almost 23 years later, Thurman says Gaddafi’s death could be an ‘emotional ending point’ for victims’ families. And the E-K-U professor of Fire Safety says the threat of terrorism directed from Libya is probably less likely.