Various Kentucky advocacy groups are lining up in support of legislation that would take private money out of judicial races. The measure would block judicial candidates from taking contributions from individuals or companies, and would instead establish a fund to distribute campaign money to candidates. The money would come from voluntary income tax contributions, Kentucky Bar Association dues or nonpartisan fundraisers.
In anticipation of growth in the biomass industry, the Kentucky Division of Forestry has released guidelines for biomass harvesting. The document lays out suggestions for harvesting the material in a sustainable way that will have minimal effect on the forest.
Eight coal miners have been killed in Kentucky so far this year, and half of those deaths have been in the past month. Three of the recent Kentucky deaths have been at surface mines. Historically underground mines have been thought to be more dangerous—working under a mountain carries inherent risks—but the data shows that a surface miner is statistically more likely to die than an underground miner.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has been brought in to be a "special investigative counsel" for Penn State's internal look into how its officials handled reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky might have been sexually abusing young boys.
The partnership between Louisville and Lexington known as BEAM—the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement—will begin to take shape soon. This afternoon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will announce the BEAM board and lead the first board meeting.
Occupy Louisville has finished a week of events to raise awareness of its cause and demonstrators are now planning actions that take their concerns to city government, but details are being kept quiet. Around a dozen demonstrators helped kick off the final day of Seven Days of Solidarity. Each day has focused on a particular theme or issue; Saturday involved discussions around Kentucky’s coal industry.
Next Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Advent in the Roman Catholic Church—-the spiritual preparation for Christmas. But it will also mark a major milestone for millions of Catholics across the country, including the 200,000 members of the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Local supermarkets are luring in customers to do their Thanksgiving meal shopping with low prices on the main dish: the turkey. The American Farm Bureau Federation released its annual survey last week on the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner, up 13 percent to $49.20 this year. But for many cooks looking for what they consider a healthier and more flavorful turkey, $49 will be the cost of just the bird.
Cpl. Donald Hole tests the seating on his motorcycle. The bike was gifted to Hole by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Credit Benjamin Joubert / Kentucky New Era
Standing alongside his new Harley Davidson motorcycle Friday, Cpl. Donald Hole wiped away tears as his fellow soldiers crowded in around him. Hole is a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, which returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in April. In February, Hole’s daughter, Megan, 25, was murdered in Indiana. As Hole flew back to the states, his fellow soldiers pondered a gift for him. Spc. Joseph Catlin, who has been friends with Hole since 2009, said they collected money for flowers, but also wanted to give Hole something else.