A crime that rarely occurred in Casey County a decade ago is now being committed several times a week. Scrap metal thefts are up significantly and law enforcement officials attribute the increase to the drug trade, high unemployment rate and skyrocketing scrap metal prices, said Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman.
Black Mountain Thunder, the zipline attraction at Harlan County's Outdoor Recreation Park, is nearing completion. Planners anticipate a "soft opening" toward the end of this month with a "grand opening" type of event during a fall color weekend in October.
Robbery reports and drug arrests were up and driving under the influence arrests were down in Scott County in 2010, according to a new Kentucky State Police report of statewide crime statistics, but officials at the Georgetown Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office said prescription drug sales and abuse is the biggest crime problem facing the county.
Elizabethtown has captured the top ranking in personal income percentage growth in 2010. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area earned the top spot with 10.1 percent growth for last year compared to 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s the greatest percent growth of the nation’s 366 metropolitan statistical areas.
The board of directors for the Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center hopes to announce a new site for the museum of farm progress later this year. The land where the facility was to go will be subdivided for other purposes. Mercer County philanthropist Ralph G. Anderson intended to donate 50 acres of his Anderson Circle Farm north of Harrodsburg for the center. But when Anderson died last year at age 86, the formal transfer had not occurred, and his estate had other plans for the land.
America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Philip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life, often embroidering everyday events with a sense of myth.
It was certainly closer than Wisconsin's Republicans would have preferred, but in the end they successfully repelled Democrats who sought to wrest away control of the state Senate and break GOP dominance over the Badger State's government.
Democrats fell one Senate seat short of the three they needed to take over that chamber in the state's largest recall election ever in which six seats were contested.
British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Wednesday to do "whatever is necessary" to halt massive riots that have swept London and other major cities in recent days — the worst such violence to hit the country in decades.
A wave of arson and looting that started in parts of London on Saturday has spread to other cities, including Manchester and Birmingham.
Cameron, who has recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots, said police have drawn up contingency plans to "do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets.
Joy Pullmann is managing editor of School Reform News and an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute.
The president has decided to take a tack on the largest federal education law he certainly wishes were available in budget battles: bypassing Congress and legislating through administrative agencies by offering states waivers in exchange for education policies he favors.