This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency responded to an email asking for comments on a letter Governor Steve Beshear sent to President Barack Obama earlier this week. In an interview, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters expressed frustration with the EPA’s requirements for permits. He says Kentucky worked with the regional EPA on a template for future permits and came to an agreement, but the deal was rejected by the EPA headquarters.
Organizers of a cigarette litter task force say a summer campaign targeting downtown Lexington and two major hospitals significantly reduced the number of cigarette butts on the ground. The task force was the first major project of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission. Commission member Jane Eller says the project involved a public education effort and installing more cigarette receptacles outside building entrances.
This weekend hundreds of re-enactors, speakers, and vendors will make their way to Perryville for the 149th commemoration of the largest Civil War battle to ever take place in Kentucky. Program coordinator Joan House says the idea is to give people just a hint of the devastation that befell the town in the fall of 1862.
Govs. Mitch Daniels and Steve Beshear said Friday that Indiana and Kentucky have agreed on a solution to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge following three weeks of inspection, testing and analysis. The bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. will remain closed during repairs, which are expected to take about six months. Preliminary cost estimates are $20 million. Contractor bids, which will be opened in mid-October, will include incentives for early completion, according to a press release from Beshear's office.
Hopkins County farmers are chomping at the bit, waiting for an extended stretch of sunny conditions before ramping up grain harvest to full speed. In a year filled with weather-related delays, the latest challenges are too many foggy mornings, overcast skies and showers over the past two weeks. “The biggest problem right now is getting the grain to dry down,” said Nebo farmer Roger Hayes, who was shelling corn Wednesday afternoon. “It’s down to 20 to 21 percent moisture content, and it seems like it’s just sitting there. We’re having to buy some pretty expensive gas to dry it.”
Harlan Independent School Board’s rejection of a proposed non-student contract was discussed at a special called meeting Thursday of the Harlan County Board of Education. Earlier this week, the city school district turned down a proposal from the county school district. City schools Superintendent David Johnson said that the offered contract “does not represent our understanding of the mediation.” He said his board couldn’t agree to the proposal since it would limit the number of county district residents enrolling in the city district to 15 tuition-paying students. But County School Board chairman Gary Farmer took issue with that account.
Maybe it's something about this funky, rainy weather that has people chowing down on strange mushrooms. Regardless, for unlucky foragers who have consumed a poisonous mushroom, a drug still in clinical trials may avert potentially deadly consequences.
Doctors at Georgetown University Hospital have treated four people in the last month with the experimental drug silibinin after they ate toxic mushrooms picked in Virginia and Maryland. The first two men to check in for poisoning have recovered.
A recipient of the highest military award given by the United States government shared his less-than-award-winning moments Thursday with students at Fort Knox High School. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, a Medal of Honor recipient, visited the post school to speak to the entire student body as well as visit with JROTC members. Patterson encouraged students to stay in school and avoid the “stupid things” he had done in his life.