The investigation into the security breach of Anthem Insurance continues. While that is itself is a concern, there are now reports of scams related to this cyber attack. Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau of Eastern and Central Kentucky says don't open any emails that appear to be from Anthem. Clary says establishing credit protection is a good first step.
The University of Kentucky released its 43rd state economic report Monday. Ken Troske with the Gatton College of Business and Economics says Kentucky will likely see moderate to slow growth in 2015. "I'd love to see three to four percent in the nation and in the state,” said Troske. “We just don't see the projections, given all of the other issues that are buffeting the economy, particularly some of the troubles in the rest of the world."
Governor Beshear is in Europe for an economic development trip. Beshear is scheduled to speak this week at the International CAR-Symposium in Germany. More than a thousand automobile executives gather for the yearly meeting.
Plans to revise workforce training investments across Kentucky were discussed Tuesday at Lexington's City Hall. City officials have had ongoing questions about training strategies for the Lexington area.
There's interest among Lexington leaders to narrow the focus of workforce training in the region. State officials are working now to prepare for implementation of a new federal workforce training act this summer.
A program designed to benefit Kentucky's manufacturing sector is expanding. Governor Beshear made the announcement Wednesday at the Georgetown Toyota plant, where the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education initiative is already underway. It is growing to include Louisville, northern Kentucky, and Elizabethtown.
2014 could go down as a "breakout" year for Kentucky's economy. Economists and workers in about every occupation imaginable were waiting for the effects of the "Great Recession" of 2008 to fade. State Economist Manoj Shanker says a significant uptick has happened over the past eleven months. Shanker says he has been expecting growth and recovery in the Kentucky labor market for the last two years, but it just hasn't happened. “This year, suddenly things aligned themselves just right, and it did take off," said Shanker.
The new director of the Kentucky Horse Park hopes the 1,200 acre attraction will become self-sustaining over time. Jamie Link came on board in mid-November, replacing long time director John Nicholson. Link wants to see a review of the park's rates. "We'll be looking at all aspects of that from admissions to food services, to gift shop offerings, to all of those things; the campground rates and things,” said Link. “Just to make sure that we're still a good value, but we're also looking at the market and being a good operation for the taxpayers of Kentucky."
Kentucky Christmas tree growers can face a variety of challenges, both on the farm and in the marketplace. In addition to weather, weeds, and threats of disease, the state's soil is suitable for only certain types of Christmas trees. Marla Jackson, Office Manager at Hutton and Lloyd Tree Farm says customers also tend to want taller trees. "The larger tree, the eight to 10 to 12 foot is now pretty much, there's about as many people buying the larger trees as there are the small trees," said Jackson.
Officials are finalizing details for a 30 year master plan for the Breaks Interstate Park. The 4,800 acre park, dubbed 'the Grand Canyon of the South,' is situated on the Kentucky-Virginia border.
Park Superintendent Austin Bradley says over the years, the Bluegrass side of the Breaks has seen little development. He says the new master plan calls for major improvements on the Kentucky side. "We're looking at everything from primitive camping opportunities in Potters Flat to equestrian and riverside like Kayak canoeing campsites," said Bradley.
Kentucky's first lady is making a pitch for bluegrass crafted gifts this holiday season. Jane Beshear Friday morning helped officially launch 'Give a Gift Made in Kentucky' month at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea. "So many of us give the same kind of things over and over and over again. Here, you've got so many different choices and they are handmade. Sometimes you have the opportunity to meet the artist," said Beshear.
The Better Business Bureau of central and eastern Kentucky is warning citizens of a holiday phishing scam. Spokeswoman Heather Clary says the Lexington office has received several reports about an email hoax.
Even though the day is still young, some black Friday shoppers are already worn out and heading home. The day after Thanksgiving carries with it the tradition of looking for the best holiday gift deal. That pursuit can begin at midnight and may involve standing in line for the latest and fanciest item.
Governor Steve Beshear leaves Saturday for an economic development trip to Japan. The governor's office says the trip marks an effort to strengthen and encourage international investment in Kentucky.
More than 160 Japanese facilities are situated in Kentucky, employing more than 40,000people. Governor Beshear says he's determined to extend Kentucky's successful track record for attracting Japanese companies. Foreign direct investment has played a key role in boosting the state's economy.
Even with temperatures taking a big dip this week, some folks still have a taste for ice cream. The cold treat was the main topic of conversation for hundreds of people this week in downtown Lexington.
An online personal finance social network is giving two Kentucky cities high marks on behalf of certain services available to veterans. In their survey of 100 U.S. cities in areas including military skill-related jobs and medical care, Wallet-Hub ranks Lexington 12th and Louisville 30th.
A less active Keeneland the Monday after a fall meet
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News
Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse just wrapped its fall meet. The track set attendance records the past couple of years. This year's attendance fell about 15,000 patrons shy of last year. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says rain and cooler than normal temperatures had an impact on turnout during seven of the first 10 racing days. "The weather really challenged us but we had a new dirt track that we debuted this fall and the dirt track performed beautifully. The new drainage system handled the rain that we got the first couple of weeks really well," said Gregory.
High tech computers and machinery are a part of today's advanced manufacturing environment. With that, comes the use of robotics to assist in making precision products. David Chavern, President of the U.S.