Some convenience stores, head shops, liquor stores and gas stations across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati are selling what officials describe as "synthetic marijuana." If the mother and grandmother of 19-year-old Chris Allen can change that, they will. The young man they raised in Florence and Independence went on a two-day binge three weeks ago that led him into a Kentucky state psychiatric hospital with delusions and paranoia. The two are on a mission of informing parents how dangerous and deadly the stuff can be.
Urban County Council members sparred over the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund Tuesday. The issue could come to a public referendum. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund, as envisioned by the committee tasked with exploring it, would need around four million dollars of dedicated funding every year. The committee determined the best way to pay for the fund would be a 1-percent raise in the insurance premium tax, or an increase of about $30 dollars a year for the average household. Councilman Chris Ford said the need for more affordable housing is very real.
A plan to re-draw Lexington's Urban County Council Districts is on a path to formal passage, which would put 33,000 residents in a new district. The proposal will get a first reading at the council's meeting on Thursday and a second reading on October 27. If approved, 32 Fayette County precincts would switch to new council districts. The new boundaries are necessary because of population growth and shifts over the past ten years.
The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management has spilled over to the Kentucky Opera. The orchestra provides musicians for the opera, but without an orchestra contract, the opera has no easy means of securing players. Opera management and musicians reached an agreement for last month’s performances of Carmen, but talks for upcoming shows are proving more difficult. The Carmen contract was essentially a three-week version of the previous orchestra contract, but opera director David Roth says it cost the company $33,000 more than it should have.
Kentucky and Indiana are among twenty-five states seeking a delay in federal regulations to reduce mercury and other toxic air pollution. The deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency to set standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution is November 16. But twenty-five states have filed a brief in the case asking a judge to push that back another year. As it’s proposed, the rule gives utilities three years to comply. Allison Martin in the Kentucky Attorney General’s office says the commonwealth joined the filing because it will need more time to comply.
The focus remains on "Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India," where millions of BlackBerry users are without text services for a third straight day, Reuters reports, but there's word now that the problems are also affecting folks in North America.
The three candidates for Kentucky governor have different reasons for seeking the state’s highest office. Steve Besheaer, David Williams and Gatewood Galbraith stated their views in a statewide debate last night at Eastern Kentucky University. It was the first time this fall all three candidates were together for a debate.