The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office got a that “literally has it all.” The Germany-based company donated a new Ford Explorer equipped with some of the most advanced technology available to law enforcement vehicles, and John Phillips, of Montaplast, says it is one less item coming from the taxpayers’ wallets. “To my knowledge, it’s the best-equipped cruiser in the state,” Phillips said.
Thirty-one contestants from scholarship pageants throughout the state will be vying this week to become Miss Kentucky 2012. The pageant will be at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Preliminary competitions will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The finals will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, culminating with the crowning Miss Kentucky.
Kentucky State Police is launching its annual outdoor campaign to eradicate cultivated marijuana. The effort began with a two day training program which included aerial spotting and repel techniques along with G-P-S land navigation, ATV training, and booby trap awareness. Cannabis Suppression Branch commander, Brent Roper says the seasonal enforcement campaign is a multi agency operation.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss health care. The program that airs "live" on KET Monday night at 8:00 will be repeated Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.
On Thursday, dozens of laws passed in this year’s legislative session will become active. One of those laws limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy from a pharmacy. Pseudoephedrine, or PSE, is used in many cold and allergy medicines. It’s also a key part of meth production. The new law limits adults to seven point two grams a month, which is roughly the equivalent of a box, before requiring a prescription.
Some much-needed rain and cooler temperatures finally got to Lexington on Sunday via some powerful but scattered thunderstorms that knocked out power in spots across Fayette County. The storms also affected power around the state, including spots in Bourbon, Clark and Fleming counties. Although some areas in Central Kentucky saw no rain from early storms, other areas received flash-flood warnings. The weather forecast calls for highs in the 80s all week.
The deadline to nominate someone to be considered for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame is next Monday, July 16. Cynthia Fox with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights says anyone 18 and other can nominate a person for the honor. Nominees can be living or deceased and does not have to be currently active in civil rights.
Jennifer Macht has avoided the Brent Spence Bridge in the past year since President Barack Obama spoke in front of the bridge proclaiming the need to replace it. “I won’t get on it. It’s terrifying,” said Macht, 33, of Covington. “When I saw the president speaking about bridges falling down and they’re all in terrible repair, he was literally standing in front of that one.” Since Obama came to town in September 2011 to talk about his American Jobs Act and replacing infrastructure such as the bridge, no clear funding source has materialized for the $2.4 billion needed to replace the 49-year-old bridge.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a wiring problem caused the navigation lights on the newly rebuilt Eggners Ferry Bridge in western Kentucky to malfunction Sunday night. Spokesman Keith Todd says the outage was reported by a boater and confirmed by state police. An electrical crew tracked down the problem this morning.
As Toyota hits the halfway point in its 100 Cars for Good program, which awards vehicles to non-profits, three Kentucky organizations have won. Last year, 11 of the 100 vehicles went to non-profits in Kentucky, making it the state receiving the highest number. Because of that, Toyota launched this year's program earlier by inviting last year's winners to its sprawling Georgetown assembly plant.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pledges to continue to work to repeal the federal health care law. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of the law including the mandate for health insurance. McConnell reacted quickly to the court ruling. His statement begins with “Today’s decision makes one thing clear…Congress must act to repeal this misguided law.” The Kentucky republican has delivered 110 floor speeches prior to and after passage of the health care law.
Temperatures could soar close to the century mark this afternoon in many Kentucky communities. It’s like going from the frying pan into the fire. The high temperature Thursday may be some ten degrees warmer than Wednesday. University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Tom Priddy says that kind of jump is a little unusual, even in the summer months.
Preparation for temperatures approaching 100 began weeks ago for crews at Kentucky Utilities. The high use of air conditioning coupled with the usual daily consumption of electricity could drive the demand near a peak level. Kentucky Utilities’ Cliff Feltham says company officials knew this time might come. “We’ve really been working on our system for a couple of weeks…a month…back..making sure everything is ok and all of our generation equipment is running as it ought to be running…even the ones that will turn on..as the peaking units when the temperature gets to the mid to upper 90’s,” said Feltham.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a Montana campaign finance law is likely to boost the rise of super PACs in Kentucky. The Montana law limited the amount of money independent groups could spend on campaigns. But the high court says the 2010 Citizens United decision overrules state laws. The ruling doesn’t affect any laws in Kentucky. But state election officials have changed regulations to accommodate Citizens United.
The hottest air of the season is heading into Kentucky this week with parts of the state already in drought conditions. The mercury will be in the 80s today and Tuesday but will jump to the upper 80s on Wednesday, about 97 on Thursday and 100 on Friday. Temperatures will moderate to the upper 90s for the weekend, the weather service said.
State police continue to investigate a fatal shooting incident in Breathitt county which injured six people including three police officers. Kentucky State Trooper Paul Blanton says the shooting began at a residence in Jackson Sunday.. “The initial complaint that troopers were responding to was that two people has been shot as they drove by a residence," said Blanton.
Frankfort – The recent spike in motorcycle crashes has Kentucky State Police and first responders looking for chances to reach out to the motoring public. That opportunity came Friday during KSP's fifth annual Motorcycle Safety Day event in Frankfort. There was no finger pointing, but an emphatic message was given to both drivers and riders for the need to "share the road."
Scams are targeting foreign-born workers in central Kentucky. In flyers, a Danville business promises to help the children of undocumented immigrants acquire work permits, drivers’ licenses and social security numbers. Jonathan Bialovsky, who directs the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington, says such promises are empty.
LOUISVILLE – The Ohio River Bridges Project Wednesday received federal approval to proceed to construction with a cost-savings plan recommended by the governors of Kentucky and Indiana and Louisville’s mayor. The Federal Highway Administration issued the revised Record of Decision, approving the plan outlined nearly 18 months ago to build two new bridges across the Ohio River and modernize the regional interchange in downtown Louisville.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on federal issues of health care and immigration before it completes its term this summer. A health care ruling is expected soon. The subject was discussed on KET’s Kentucky Tonight Monday.
The movement of a ‘super load’ of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will temporarily shut down some roads tonight. Most of the move will occur at night, under Kentucky State Police escort, to minimize disruption of traffic. The load, a 275 thousand pound industrial dryer, is being transported on a 16 axle trailer. The move is expected to begin tonight at nine in Louisville and end up at the Wausau Paper plant early Thursday.
The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park. The Bluegrass Boardwalk corporation could get up to $3.9 million in tax breaks over the next decade for investing in the park, attracting out-of-state visitors and creating jobs. The company, which is owned by the same family that owns the Holiday World park in Indiana, plans to spend $15.6 million repairing and renovating Kentucky Kingdom.
FRANKFORT – Ten Kentucky families from across the state were honored recently for their service as foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state agency that oversees the public foster care system, presented the awards at a Frankfort reception.
The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence for a 63-year old Kentucky inmate. The decision overturns an appeals court ruling that granted David Eugene Matthews a retrial three decades after the double murder of his wife and mother-in-law. Matthews now returns to death row. Kentucky is currently in the process of revising its lethal injection procedures, so he will not be put to death until the state chooses a new execution method.
People won’t need a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon in their home or business that they own when a new law goes into effect July 12. The General Assembly passed House Bill 484 with ease in this year’s regular session, passing the House 86-5 and the Senate 36-1 with the governor signing it into law April 11. Gun owners saw it as a reaffirmation for their right to defend their property.
On this week's edition edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss gay marriage. The program which is "live" on Kentucky Educational Television Monday evening at 8:00, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.
Lucian Grey's mother was raised in an all-male household, and she, "didn't know what to with having a girl," he explains. "Femininity in general was not her experience. So she just did what she knew how to do."
Frankfort - Kentucky State Police are worried about the state's highway fatality rate for 2012. That's because the fatality rate is running much higher than 2011's rate. Through June 3, KSP said 305 people have died this year on Kentucky roads. That's 41 more than reported during the same period last year. Of the 305 deaths this year, 253 were the result of motor vehicle accidents. And of those, 148 people were not using seat belts. That means 58 percent of wreck victims were not using seat belts, according to state police statistics.
A new panel that will study Kentucky’s safety rules for large outdoor tents and other temporary structures will hold its first meeting this week. The advisory committee was formed in response to last year’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair and a recent beer tent collapse in St. Louis. The two weather-related incidents killed eight people and injured dozens of others.