Kentucky continues to rank low in children’s well-being, according to the 2011 Kids Count Data Book. The annual report measures various indicators like socioeconomic status and health. For the past seven years, it’s ranked near the bottom ten states for the overall well-being of children. This year, more than a quarter of Kentucky children live in poverty. The poverty rate in both the commonwealth and the nation rose 18 percent. Now, Kentucky ranks 48th out of 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
The Wall Street Journalhas an exclusive report today that sheds light on just how far the reach of Syria's police state extends: Talking to U.S. officials and Syrian expatriates in the U.S., the paper found that the regime of President Bashar Assad is tracking and intimidating dissidents living abroad.
The percentage of Kentucky high school graduates reaching benchmark scores on the ACT test improved in some subjects this year, but educators still have much work to do, results being released Wednesday show. For example, more than 35 percent of Kentuckians who graduated from high school this spring failed to achieve any benchmark score on the ACT. The benchmark scores indicate likely success in college.
Based on its population and the experience of larger cities, Berea could expect one complaint about sexual orientation or gender identity every two years if it were to create a human rights commission including those categories as protected classes, a group contended at Tuesday's city council meeting. Bereans for Fairness, a group that supports the inclusion of gay and transgender as protected categories, presented that information in a "fiscal impact statement" to the council.
Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever. Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.
A federal tobacco reform in October 2004 has changed the landscape of Jessamine County tobacco farming in 2011, Jessamine County Extension Agent Rob Amburgey said. “The tobacco buyout has significantly decreased the total amount of tobacco raised in Jessamine County,” he said. “It went from about 2,600 acres down to 400 acres now. We went from many, many tobacco farmers to about a dozen left in the county.”
Magistrates gave Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop approval to sign a lease agreement Tuesday with a Texas-based gas company, which has expressed interest into moving into a county-owned building in Coldiron. “This will bring somewhere between 50 and 60 jobs, and they plan on adding anything from 10 to 20,” said Grieshop. “This would become their headquarters and workers from four counties would be coming to Harlan."
Radcliff City Council plans to draft a resolution opting out of plans for a unified local government in Hardin County. A majority of the council provided vocal support to the resolution, proposed by Councilman Don Yates, after several residents urged the council Tuesday night to reject unification efforts.