Murray-Calloway County Hospital was one of only two hospitals in Kentucky that received a visit from a mobile operating room, as part the Covidien Innovation Tour showcasing the minimally invasive SILS procedure. The tour is stopping in 80 cities nationwide. The technique leads to faster recovery times for patients, and less scarring, according to Covidien surgical device representative Jamie Smith.
State Rep. Ben Waide won’t provide legislative sponsorship to allocate coal severance tax funds to pay off a proposed $3 million loan for the Hopkins County Sports Complex. The decision likely will delay development of the complex, which Fiscal Court hoped to open for use in 2013. “It was tough because I think the project would be a very nice addition to our community,” Waide said, “but in the end I had to look at the economic impact and make a decision.” The freshman lawmaker casts doubt on estimates that peg the project’s annual economic impact at $1.5 million and discounts its potential to create jobs.
The approval of a state grant for $150,000 for the animal shelter proposed jointly by the fiscal courts of both Trimble and Henry counties has put the project on the fast track toward completion within three months. Trimble and Henry counties were recently awarded a $150,000 grant through the Animal Control Advisory Board, a division of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Attorney General Jack Conway Tuesday announced that his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against National College of Kentucky, Inc. over allegations that the for-profit school misrepresented job placement numbers.
Dozens of rare animals and plants in Kentucky will be considered for protection as endangered species under federal law, though the process for many won't start for years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it would study whether 374 species in 12 southeastern states should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. That list included 36 species in Kentucky, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed the petition that led to the review.
Crawford Farms co-owner Mason Crawford pitches a pumpkin to Shelby Jordan, 15, as they fill a trailer with a load of pumpkins Tuesday at the farm in the Elizabethtown area.
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The Great Pumpkin could be disappointed by what national experts say could be a shortage this season in pumpkins and pumpkin-based products. Some pumpkin patches on the East Coast were damaged by weather brought on by Hurricane Irene. Additionally, some pumpkin crops not affected by the hurricane were thinned by other weather concerns and disease.
The public's fear of voter fraud has led more states in the past 10 years to require photo identification of voters, a national expert testified before state legislators Tuesday. Whether Kentucky should require a photo ID at the polls has become a campaign issue in the Kentucky secretary of state race and has been pondered by lawmakers. Voter ID laws have spread across the country in the past 10 years more rapidly than most election issues, said Jennie Bowser, a senior fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures, who spoke Tuesday before the legislative Interim Joint Task Force on Elections.
As politicians fight among themselves and debate how to fix the economy and create jobs, Larry Green of Madison, Ind., continues to pound the pavement searching for work. Formerly a machinist with Arvin Meritor, he has been unemployed since 2008, and at 61 years old, said he has had trouble finding a job for a man his age. “They don’t want someone that’s got a lot of years,” he said.
At the bake sale on Tuesday. Protesters to the right. Young Republicans and their supporters to the left.
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The controversial "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" sponsored by young Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley, brought a large crowd of students and others to the school's Sproul Plaza on Tuesday, and the student-run Daily Californian says the climax was a counter-demonstration "that saw hundreds of protesters lie on their backs."
Groups using General Butler State Resort Park facilities will notice new policies in place on bringing their own alcohol to the convention center and golf course. These changes come as the park begins selling alcohol under a license granted in August. With this, individuals are no longer allowed to bring their own beer, wine or liquor to the golf course or convention center, a state spokesman said.