The galoshes went back into the closet this week as Kentucky has enjoyed temperatures eclipsing 60 degrees. According to Kentucky Mesonet, a research network that compiles climate data from throughout the state, Christian County saw an average high of 67.1 degrees Wednesday. Tuesday saw a high of 62.6 degrees and Monday 61.9 degrees.
Georgetown Council member Brad Penn confirmed that Greg Reeves has been relieved of his duties as chief of police by Mayor Everette Varney. Penn said he was notified by the mayor in an afternoon phone call. By law, the Georgetown chief of police works under purview of the mayor. Personnel moves are at the mayor's discretion and need not be approved by the city council.
Aiming to promote the newest Camry, Toyota will return to Super Bowl Sunday advertising this weekend for the first time in three years, and the automaker has turned to its workers in Georgetown to help. Among Toyota's advertisements during Super Bowl coverage will be one that features the Scott County plant and eight of its workers, and showcases Kentucky's role in building the vehicle that has been the best-selling car in America for 10 years straight and 14 of the past 15 years. The Camry has been assembled in Georgetown since the plant opened in 1988.
Kentucky officials have rejected St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s application to open a top-level neonatal intensive care unit in Edgewood. St. Elizabeth has been fighting for more than a year to open the unit, which would provide ventilation and other services to babies born between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation. But the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services ruled late Wednesday that while St. Elizabeth demonstrated the NICU would benefit Northern Kentucky, it did not prove that families needing the service could not get medical care at Cincinnati hospitals or elsewhere in Kentucky.
The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the country every year. People tune in for a variety of reasons – the game, the commercials or the halftime show. This year when the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Hardin County residents will have another reason to watch the game. Former Elizabethtown standout Brandon Deaderick is a starting defensive lineman for the Patriots.
University Medical Center in Louisville is conducting a self-review in the wake of a failed merger attempt. UMC is made up of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The organization recently tried to merge with Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives, but Governor Steve Beshear blocked the deal. Now, UMC’s board has formed a committee to look at questions over the organization’s financial viability, management and operations that arose during merger talks.
Three House Republicans, including Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield are trying something new when it comes to opposing the Obama Administration’s environmental regulations: they’re asking the White House to stop. Whitfield and two of his fellow Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget asking the director to delay upcoming rules regulating greenhouse gases. The OMB has been reviewing the draft rules for several months and they’re scheduled to be released soon.
The nation's unemployment rate dipped to 8.3 percent in January from 8.5 percent the month before as private employers added 257,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported. Overall, after a small drop at government agencies, employment grew by 243,000.
We'll add more from the report momentarily.
Update at 9:40 a.m. ET. White House, Republican Reactions:
-- "At least two people have been shot and killed in the Egyptian city of Suez, as police used live rounds to hold back crowds during a protest over security forces' failure to prevent a deadly football riot," al-Jazeera reports. And it adds that "one person was killed in Cairo just feet away from the Interior Ministry, as police in Cairo set off salvos of tear gas and fired birdshot."