Construction crews continue to work on expanding the bridge at the I-65 Scottsville Road exit on Wednesday.
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Motorists traveling on Interstate 65 and Scottsville Road might have noticed large steel pylons sticking out of the ground near the existing overpass.The steel is part of the foundation of an expanded bridge that will ultimately be a single-point urban interchange. "Right now, they are working on the north side of the bridge," said Keirsten Jaggers, spokeswoman at the Department of Highways in Bowling Green. "They will put all the big steel piers in the ground ... then they will go ahead and build up the ramps that will be closer to the interstate than they are. There is a lot of earthwork for those ramps needed."
Kelsey Smith used her layaway account to buy gifts for her daughter, Addison Chapman, 1.
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The "layaway angel" has been in Central Kentucky. Kelsey Smith says she's the latest beneficiary of this Christmas' biggest gift trend — an anonymous layaway payoff — that has spread like a charitable wildfire among Kmarts and some Wal-Marts. For Smith and her family, the generosity could not have come at a better time. Her year-old daughter, Addison, was in the hospital earlier this year with pneumonia, and Smith, who works in a dental office, said she and fiancé James Chapman have been struggling to pay medical bills.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland says illegal prescription drug sale and use in Franklin County has become “incredible.” Five were indicted Wednesday for trafficking in controlled prescription drugs, which has become commonplace with about 35 charged with the same offense in the last six months. Cleveland said initially he was inclined to go easy on the prescription pill trafficking charges to get the files off his hands, “but the more you look at it, the angrier you become.”
The federal government has cited three Kentucky coal mines for major safety violations. Since the deadly explosion last year at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, MSHA has been conducting monthly impact inspections. The agency targets mines with spotty safety records, in an effort to catch operators unaware and correct violations. This was the D&C Mining Corporation’s seventh surprise inspection on its mine in Harlan County, and inspectors found serious problems.
Several dozen people filled a room Wednesday at Danville's Grayson's Tavern to celebrate the state's official announcement that Constitution Square State Historic Site will be turned over to Boyle County. The announcement comes after months of talks between county and state officials about the details of the arrangement for one of the state’s smallest historic sites.
By Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times and Angie Hatton, Murray Ledger & Times
Officials with the Murray Independent School District and the Calloway County Schools say they are not happy with a 2 percent budget cut for the current school year and plans for an additional cut for 2012-13. Murray Superintendent Bob Rogers said he was notified by Kentucky Department of Education officials about a mid-year reduction in state funding of $157,294. In a release to superintendents across the state, KDE officials reported receiving notification from Mary E. Lassiter, state budget director, that a mid-year budget cut will be necessary.
The credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has issued another warning to Washington. If it doesn't come up with a plan to reduce the nation's budget deficit, Fitch might yank its AAA rating by the end of next year.
You may not have heard of Buddy Roemer. But he's running for president. And despite an impressive resume and gift for turning a phrase, Roemer barely registers in the polls. He's conducting his quixotic run for office without accepting campaign contributions that exceed $100.
The University of Pikeville has 1,800 full- and part-time students enrolled this year. If the proposal to make the school one of Kentucky's eight public, four-year universities is approved, the school would deed its assets to the state.
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There is a move afoot to make the private University of Pikeville a state-supported school, and lawmakers could be asked to consider the proposal in the upcoming legislative session. It's been four decades since the legislature last took a private, four-year university — the University of Louisville — into the state's public higher-education system, so adding Pikeville is a significant public-policy issue. The idea raises concern among officials at other state universities that bringing Pikeville into the system could eat into their funding.