State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses. The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year. State Veterinarian Bob Stout says information about the horses is collected at county judges' offices. "It certainly gives opportunities for people to legitimately claim their horse and we would hope then, when they recognize ownership of it, that they maintain responsibility that goes with owning a horse," said Stout.
There are reports of gasoline prices under two dollars and 90 cents across parts of Kentucky. The price per gallon has been dropping at a rapid pace with less demand and an ample supply. Bluegrass AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it's difficult to say how low prices will go. "You will see a wide variance in the price of gas. I can't really comment on how far it will drop or how long it will continue to drop unfortunately because there are so many factors that affect the price, particularly of oil," said Oakford.
October has been designated National Manufacturing Month. Kentucky is well known for its automotive, bourbon, and equine industries but an official with the state's Economic Development Cabinet says the Commonwealth is successful in other trades.
Joe Hall says Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers with 220,000. "Well I think the significance really showcases the diversity of Kentucky's economy and we really are a manufacturing state," said Hall.
State and local health officials met Monday with emergency management representatives to discuss Ebola prevention and response strategies.
More than 40 people representing a dozen agencies gathered in Lexington to consider any modifications in preparedness. Craig Humbaugh is a state epidemiologist. "We have a surge plan for these kinds of activities. We haven't done it at this stage but we might have to activate our continuity planning if we needed to," said Humbaugh.
Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally. Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years. State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising. "In the ACT world, a point one gain, point two gain is considered a very nice gain across time. What we're seeing across time is, you know picking up a full point over five years in several different areas," said Draut.
Officials with the state treasurer's office are giving Kentuckians a 'heads up' about some questionable unclaimed property mailings.
Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says the postcards carry a Denver postmark. Bethany Goad is with the Kentucky treasurer's office in Frankfort. "They were finding in multiple reports, it was an internet company that was sending cards who was a debt collector and the cards were reported to be blue, yellow, orange, or green," said Goad.
A federal labor department report released Thursday shows higher than anticipated job creation for June across the U.S. State Economist Manoj Shanker is also seeing employment gains in many Kentucky counties. "Compared to a year ago, 111 counties out of 120 are doing better than they were a year ago,” says Shanker. “As the state economy improves, it's almost evenly split, except for some parts of eastern Kentucky.”
Motorists traveling from one end of Kentucky to another this holiday period could see a differing range of gasoline prices. GasBuddy-Dot-Com Petroleum Analyst Patrick Dehaan says the lowest-priced gas is found near Bowling Green at three dollars 34 cents a gallon. Compare that to Louisville where travelers may find prices hovering around four dollars a gallon.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss state tax reform. The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, is repeated each Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.
It’s been another stellar month for state revenue receipts in Kentucky. And Gov. Steve Beshear says that means no furloughs for state workers next fiscal year. General Fund receipts in May were $750 million, a whopping 18 percent increase over May 2010 receipts.
The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified. It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies. Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago.
An obvious modern impact of the Civil War shows through those who keep the history alive. Reenacting groups participate in organized events all over Kentucky. Kentucky Public Radio's Chris Taylor set out to learn more, and got a lesson in garb.
The campaign woes continue for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is featured in a Washington Post story for being a drag on the gubernatorial ticket with state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkseville, in the upcoming Republican primary.