FRANKFORT – Kentucky has received a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide long-term recovery assistance to residents of the Kentucky counties hit hardest by the March tornadoes. “We are all aware of the destruction caused by the tornadoes that struck a number of Kentucky counties this year, particularly West Liberty and Morgan County,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement.
Ice Skaters enjoy the Unified Trust Ice Rink in Triangle Park, Lexington, KY on Sunday, November 25.
Credit Katie Decker
Keith Burdette skates with ease — backwards, forwards, sideways, in circles. At the Unified Trust Co. Ice Rink at Triangle Park, that's something of an anomaly. The skating levels are far from expert, but along with the hot chocolate and Christmas music, the constant spills just add to the atmosphere in downtown Lexington.
A commission that has spent the better part of a year evaluating Kentucky's tax system recommended a 40-cent increase in the cigarette tax on Monday but no increase in the 6 percent sales tax. Gov. Steve Beshear's Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform also recommended pursuing a constitutional amendment that would allow cities to seek a local-option sales tax for limited periods of time. The local-option sales tax has been requested by city officials for decades as a means to generate revenue for infrastructure improvements, such as new arenas.
Saying it's received 25,000 phone calls and payments from more than 10,000 businesses and individuals since beginning on Oct. 1, the state's tax amnesty program will end on Nov. 30. Those who owe the state of Kentucky taxes have until the last day of November to apply for amnesty and pay their overdue taxes.
Kentucky lawmakers who advocate abolishing the office of constable are emboldened by a new report from the state justice cabinet calling for just that. Constables have the same law enforcement powers as county sheriffs, but without the specific duties. Like sheriffs, the position is outlined in the constitution.
Veteran Roger Miller, of Bowling Green, Ky., who served in the United States Army from 1957-1964, salutes the flag as the national anthem is sung by Ron Tabor during a Veteran's Day ceremony held at the Warren County Courthouse on 10th Street, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Bowling Green, Ky. The ceremony, which followed Saturday's Veterans Day parade, included remarks from Lt. Col. Richard Palmer, Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon and Bowling Green mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
This Community Internet Intensity map by the US Geological Survey shows the intensity of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Eastern Kentucky, based on responses to an internet survey by those who live in the area. You can fill out the survey here if you felt the quake: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/se/111012b/us/form.en.disabled.html Source: USGS
A new report by Kentucky's Justice Cabinet advocates for the elimination of the Office of Constable. The office is established in the Kentucky Constitution, but the report said constables no longer help law enforcement -- performing but .02 percent of all recorded law enforcement in the state -- and are often liabilities to counties.
LEXINGTON – Humbled by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, in conjunction with WKYT, will host a telethon Wednesday from 7–8 p.m. EST. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of the catastrophic storm.
Citizens in the eastern Kentucky town hit hard by last spring’s tornado will see some major highway improvements. Governor Beshear announced Wednesday initial funding for a seven million dollar project to widen Main Street through West Liberty. Some of the money will also go to repair storm damaged streets and roads. The widening project involves a T shaped area of downtown. State Officials say some ten thousand vehicles per day travel the route, including large freight trucks.
Five contractors were hurt this afternoon, three of them seriously, when an explosion and fire occurred at the site of Monday morning's trail derailment in southwest Jefferson County. As a result, a mandatory evacuation within 1.2 miles of the derailment has been declared. And Louisville MetroSafe has asked all residents within a 5 mile radius of the derailment site to remain indoors as a precaution. They have been asked to close doors and windows and to turn off their residential heating and cooling systems. Also, residents are asked to bring their pets inside, according to an announcement from MetroSafe.
Attorney General Jack Conway Friday announced that Kentucky has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. paid kickbacks and engaged in off-label marketing campaigns to promote some of its drugs.
Indian summer is over. At least for now. A cold front will move through Kentucky today and cause temperatures to plunge into the 50s by noon and even lower tonight. And it will start raining this afternoon and could continue through about midday on Saturday. Upwards of three-fourths of an inch could fall in some places, according to the National Weather Service. Highs on Saturday will hit the mid-50s.
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced $2.2 million in State Homeland Security Grants for 97 projects across the state that will be used for first-responder, communications and critical infrastructure equipment and training programs.
A national group that has pushed expanding broadband access in other southern states is now focusing on Kentucky. Citizens for a Digital Future is opening up a Kentucky chapter to help advocate for these issues with lawmakers and private businesses. The group’s Kentucky director, Gary Gerdemann, says a lack of wireless options is affecting businesses and education.
The deadline to file to be a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 26. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding interested individuals to turn in their paperwork and filing fee to the appropriate filing officer.
Kentucky and Indiana officials have finalized agreements that will govern the construction, financing and long-term management of the Ohio River Bridges Project, which will add two new river crossings in Louisville and rebuild downtown interchanges on both sides.
A strong cold front will approach Kentucky today and tonight. The front will bring high winds this afternoon and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Winds of 25 to 35 mph are possible this morning with gusts of 40 mph or more this afternoon. This could cause problems for high-profile vehicles on roadways.