Although there were no explosions, the Scott County Fire Department did set four cars on fire Wednesday afternoon to show 225 fire investigator trainees the different types of vehicle fires and how the cars burn. Among the cars burned were a 2006 Audi A6, valued at $85,000, a 2009 and 2011 Dodge Charger, a 2008 Jeep Compass and a 2004 PT Cruiser. All cars were donated by the Chrysler Group, LLC and Volkswagen of America.
Kentucky would have no state personal and corporate income taxes under an economic plan released Wednesday by state Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams. The Burkesville Republican faces Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the November 2011 election. Williams' plan would eliminate state income taxes and suspend many other taxes on businesses to spur job growth. Some sort of sales tax or other tax on consumption could replace the revenue, Williams said.
An offshoot of the Kentucky Coal Association will be the "signature sponsor" of the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game on Saturday. Friends of Coal has paid $85,000 to sponsor three athletic events this year, Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett said. However, coal has turned into a highly controversial issue at UK. In addition to protests from students and professors, author Wendell Berry pulled his papers from the UK library system.
A Breathitt County teacher continued to have sexual contact with a middle school girl after administrators failed to investigate claims about the alleged abuse, the girl's mother contends in a federal lawsuit. Administrators did not report the alleged abuse as required or take action to prevent or stop it, the lawsuit claims. In a related criminal case, several school officials have been charged with failing to report the alleged sexual contact to police and other authorities, a misdemeanor.
Hardin County has topped another list for financial growth, primarily because of Fort Knox's Base Realignment and Closure initiative. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area was first on a list of 366 statistical areas for percentage growth in gross domestic product, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That measures the market value of goods and services produced by a community. The 14.4 percent increase for 2010 represents a 13.5 percent jump compared to 2009’s increase. The top ranking comes a month after the bureau showed the area in the top spot for personal income growth.
The Australian man accused of strapping a fake bomb around the neck of an 18 year-old woman is waiving the extradition process in hopes of getting back to his home country sooner. Paul Douglas Peters entered the courtroom in leg shackles and a thick black-and-white striped Oldham County jail jumpsuit. Kentucky District Court Judge Dave Whalin confirmed with Peters what he was giving up by waiving his rights to have a full extradition hearing, which was scheduled for Oct. 14.
New regulations that would allow optometrists in Kentucky to perform certain laser eye surgeries are making their way through state legislature. The regulations are a response to Senate Bill 110, which paves the way for optometrists to perform procedures previously done only by ophthalmologists, who are medical doctors. It was signed into law earlier this year as a way of expanding patient access to care. But first, the state must approve regulatory changes for specific procedures.
A Kentucky native will receive the Medal of Honor today. Two years ago in Afghanistan, then-Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer ran into a firefight to search for ambushed comrades. He later helped retrieve four of their bodies. Meyer says he felt like a failure afterward and didn’t expect to be recognized for his actions.
A disability retirement request made by Lexington Fire Chief Bob Hendricks will remain pending for at least another month. The police and fire pension board voted Wednesday to have Hendricks' claim reviewed by a third medical expert. "Generally when there's some level of difference in the opinion of two doctors, then the board will elect to send someone out to a third doctor."