Much of the nation may have moved on from last week's hurricane, but about two million people are still without electricity in the northeast. And now that flood waters from Hurricane Irene have mostly receded, residents are shoveling muck from their houses.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo estimates damage in his state at about $1 billion.
"Over 600 homes destroyed. Six towns inundated. One hundred fifty major highways have been damaged. Twenty-two state bridges closed," reported Cuomo at a press conference.
Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States is "undoubtedly safer and more secure," but gaps in coordination among the government agencies responsible for security remain a problem.
That's the conclusion reached by two highly influential analysts of American security, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton.
Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state “borrowed” to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.
A Western Kentucky-based business that operates Jim David Meats and Little Kentucky Smokehouse plans a product expansion that will add 25 new jobs at its Uniontown location. Union County Livestock's expansion represents an $860,000 expansion.
Gov. Steve Beshear will welcome leaders from multiple Appalachian states to Prestonsburg next week to consider the best ways to improve health for the families and children of Appalachia. The annual Appalachian Regional Commission Conference will be held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Sept. 7-9. This year’s conference theme, “Healthy Families: Healthy Futures,” will focus on the unique health challenges of the Appalachian region. Health experts and community leaders from across Appalachia will examine key health issues and highlight successful health-care programs throughout the multi-state area.
More than a year has passed since Spencer County's 911 emergency dispatching service was transferred from a county-operated office above the sheriff’s department to the Kentucky State Police Post in Frankfort. Although some emergency service directors have identified minor problems with the service, the general consensus among local agencies is that the transition was mostly positive. And, according to KSP, the move saved Spencer County more than $93,000 in the first year.
Almost a year ago, the sounds of gunfire and terror rang out from a part of the Mount Carmel community. Last Friday evening, the sounds heard were that of remembrance, uplifting words and songs. And hope. Some 40 persons came to the McConnell Auditorium on the campus of Mount Carmel High School for a memorial service, called “Light of Hope.” The service honored the memory of the five persons who died in a shooting spree in a trailer park on Route 541, just a half-mile away from the school.