A divided University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday narrowly approved hiring Kirby Willoughby, the daughter of UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, as a graduate assistant in the athletics department. The trustees voted by voice, and no individual votes were counted. When reporters polled trustees as they left the meeting, eight of the 19 who were present said they voted against the hire. Trustees James Stuckert, Pamela May and Sheila Brothers would not say how they voted.
The new zipline at the Evarts Trailhead in Baileys Creek, named Black Mountain Thunder, is set to open Thursday. Members of the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority describe the opening as a “soft opening.” “We start off soft to get some money rolling in. We will have a grand opening in October,” said board member Ken Crider. Visitors will be taken on a twelve-lines-long zipline tour that takes them along the mountainside and across the valley. A tour for a group of 10 is expected to take about two hours.
Carrollton bus crash survivors lent their voices Tuesday to the opposition of expanded alcohol sales. Lincoln Trail Baptist Church and two survivors of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash held a news conference opposing the pursuit of expanded alcohol sales in Hardin County. A special election to vote on the issue is Oct. 4.
Jane Beshear asked Northern Kentucky Democrats not to rest just because her husband has a sizable lead in the polls. Kentucky's first lady visited on Tuesday the newly opened Northern Kentucky Coordinated Campaign Office in Newport. The office at 515 Monmouth St. will house the campaigns in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties for all statewide Democratic candidates. Polls have shown Gov. Steve Beshear leading his Republican opponent David Williams by as much as 27 percentage points.
"A key federal report blames poor management, key missteps and a faulty cement job by BP and others for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history and the deaths of 11 rig workers," The Associated Press reports.
A drive to reduce taxes by axing the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission was dealt a blow Tuesday in Kenton Circuit Court. Judge Gregory Bartlett denied a request to issue an emergency injunction stopping the printing of November's ballot until Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe uses a different method to validate signatures on a petition seeking to disband the commission. Paul Metzger, who asked for the injunction, could continue through litigation to get more signatures validated, but it's unlikely the measure will make it on November's ballot. The deadline to send it to the printer is Monday.
A final decision has not been made, but preliminary information presented Tuesday strongly suggests that more than 15,000 mustard rounds at Blue Grass Army Depot will be exploded inside steel detonation chambers and not destroyed through a pilot plant under construction in Madison County.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have opened a disaster recovery center in Knox County. FEMA officials have opened the new center at First Baptist Church Artemus, located at 3085 KY Highway 225, a week after individual assistance for the area was approved.
"The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company's factory, newly obtained e-mails show."