Here's an incredible story of survival from New Zealand: Two goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from Scoby Doo, survived the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand in February and then after authorities declared the area off limits, they were trapped in their office tank for 134 days without food or a working tank filter.
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that the state closed Fiscal Year 2011 with a $156.8 million General Fund surplus, on the strength of positive revenues that exceeded budgeted levels. More than 75 percent of that surplus - $121.8 million - will be deposited into the Budget Reserve Trust Fund, the state’s so-called “rainy day fund.” This is the largest such deposit in state history from an end of year surplus.
Authorities are on the lookout for those responsible for a recent epidemic of storm-drain and sewer grate thefts going on in Corbin. In the past three weeks, 16 different sized grates, valued at more than $3,000, have been removed from their matching drains, city officials said. "This has become a bad problem," Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said. "This could cause someone to wreck, bust a tire or tear the whole front end off your car."
Corbin's top city official is mired under the weight of an ever-increasing pile of unpaid property taxes, owing more than $4,500 to Knox County on three separate properties - and some of the unpaid bills date back a decade. Based on a News-Journal assessment of Knox County tax records, Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon currently owes roughly $4,561 in property taxes to the county.
Clark County was classified as having some of the “highest” reported numbers in robbery offenses, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and murders in an annual report detailing the state’s crime rates. The Kentucky State Police’s 2010 Crime in Kentucky Report was recently released, and the numbers reflect offenses reported to or known by police.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced more than 60 million dollars in federal homeless prevention grants this week - and Fayette County is among the recipients. The grants are part of a new program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, which aims to identify and aid at-risk veterans and their families with the help of private non-profit organizations. 17 Kentucky counties, including Fayette, Jefferson, Jessamine, and Woodford, will receive a share of the funds.
When McDonald's announced plans Tuesday to overhaul the Happy Meal — downsizing French fries and adding apples to to every kids' meal — the company's top brass used every communication trick they know to get the message out: Twitter, Facebook, and more. And they didn't just invite journalists to their webcast announcing the overhaul; they also invited select bloggers — namely, mom bloggers.
Despite challenges within the Republican Party and projections that other congressional plans would result in more savings, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reiterated his support for House Speaker John Boehner’s plan Wednesday. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said the proposal will prevent a government default before the August 2 deadline and reduce Washington spending. And unlike President Barack Obama, McConnell points out Boehner was courageous enough to provide the country with an option.
Boyle County has a new way to dispose of wood waste from both industries and individuals that should save the county money while helping power a Campbellsville company. Boyle Fiscal Court approved an agreement Tuesday with Cox Interiors Inc., a business that mills interior doors and windows, under which the company will chip and haul untreated wood to be used as fuel.
The state Wednesday announced the awarding of $773,447 in On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives grants. The program is a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy and Kentucky’s Department for Energy Development & Independence with funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy.