Nearly three months ago, a Pennsylvania couple began their journey down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh on their self-made raft, headed to wherever the river led them. The small boat with its black pirate flag and tarp covering was docked at Henderson's riverfront Wednesday afternoon, gaining lots of attention from folks in the area.
Customs officers seized almost $5.4 million in ball caps, purses, watches and other counterfeit products last week during a crackdown at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The campaign by U.S. Customs and Border Protection comes a year after a similar but longer operation netted $21 million in knockoff products at the airport. Customs officials say the two operations show counterfeit imports have become such a problem at the airport that they may need to beef up inspections, possibly by adding more officers to help with a more aggressive examination of imported products.
Interstate 275 in Northern Kentucky now bears Ronald Reagan’s name. The Transportation Cabinet this week raised six signs along the Kentucky portion of the I-275 loop that name that portion the Ronald Reagan Highway. Kentucky’s I-275 becomes the second highway in the Cincinnati region named for the movie star turned 40th president of the United States. Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway in Cincinnati intersects I-275.
Former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge will call a prison cell home for the foreseeable future. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove agreed to accept a binding plea agreement Wednesday morning, and sentenced Hodge to 186 months in prison, or 15.5 years behind bars. He also ordered Hodge, 52, to forfeit $50,000 to the federal government and to pay $64,897 in restitution to the Whitley County Fiscal Court.
The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been awarded a $428,278 contract by the Food and Drug Administration to enforce provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. Under the law, tobacco retailers will be inspected to ensure they are complying with new marketing and sales standards. The FDA contract is awarded on an annual basis.
State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get the flu vaccine now to reduce the spread of illness this coming flu season. “We recommend that Kentuckians get their flu vaccine now to protect themselves and their families as we move into flu season,” Dr. Steve Davis, acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said. “Getting the flu vaccine each year is the best way to protect against the flu’s spread and severity.”
The nation's economy grew at a slow 1.3 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported. That's a slight upward revision from the agency's previous estimate of 1 percent growth vs. first-quarter 2011.