The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to be a little louder and flashier than usual across Kentucky. The number of fireworks stands across the commonwealth is way up over last year.
State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says 420 people received permits to sell fireworks last year. This summer, that figure has ballooned to 776 permits. Swope says the vast majority of those permits are for seasonal sales through July seventh.
Two days after the murder trial against Glenn Doneghy was scheduled to end, attorneys rested their cases. Most of Tuesday's testimony came from former state police trooper Sonny Cease, who was hired by the defense to investigate the crash that killed Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Doneghy, 34, is accused of murder in Durman's death. He is on trial in Fayette Circuit Court. Cease is a former state police trooper best known for being the lead investigator of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people died.
Governor Beshear says it’s difficult to reach any general observations or conclusions about a murder carried out by a former state lawmaker. Steve Nunn plead guilty Tuesday to the shooting death of his former fiancée Amanda Ross in September of 2009.
Not all of the timber in eastern Kentucky is good enough quality to be marketed commercially. But the lower quality wood is not going to waste. A Lexington based company is one of only 17 groups nationally selected for ‘wood to energy’ project funding.
After hours of testimony Monday indicating that the driver who hit Lexington police officer Bryan Durman did so intentionally, defense attorneys called into question the impartiality of an expert witness because of an undisclosed business partnership with two officers.
Eight of the nine Churchill Downs races that were cancelled last Thursday after a tornado struck the track’s barn area will be made up before the end of the spring meet next week.Two races were added to last Friday’s night racing card. The rest of the makeup races will be run this Friday through Sunday.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Kentucky man facing a nearly nine-year prison sentence for crack cocaine charges is eligible to have his sentence reduced. William Freeman agreed to the sentence in a plea deal, which was based on the sentencing guidelines for crack. When those guidelines changed, Freeman tried to have his sentence shortened, but was told he had to follow his plea deal.
Pesticide use in vegetable and fruit farming has been a common practice for decades. Likewise, medical research over the years, has resulted in safer ways to kill pests and disease. Still, health concerns persist.
The state will begin installing median cable barriers on I-64 in Franklin and Woodford counties and on I-65 in Bullitt County. Work is scheduled to begin July 7 on installation of median cable barriers on Interstate 64 between mile point 57.2 in Franklin County and mile point 65.7 in Woodford County. Construction will begin about two weeks later on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County between mile points 103.8 and 109.3.
Jurors in the Lexington murder trial of Glen Doneghy (DON’-eh-high) got a brief physics lesson from a KSP collision reconstructionist Monday. Doneghy is charged with killing Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman in a hit and run crash.
Some nine months after Kentucky played host to a major international horse competition, comes a final report on its economic impact on the commonwealth. Now all eyes are looking forward for new opportunities.
The Rev. Canon Carol L. Wade, former canon precentor at the National Cathedral in Washington, will be the new dean and rector at Lexington's historic Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral. She is the first woman to hold either position at the downtown church.
After nearly two weeks of testimony, the murder trial of Glenn Doneghy is expected to wrap up this week. Prosecutors have presented more than a dozen witnesses who have testified about seeing Doneghy leave his apartment, stop at a gas station and return home. Several investigators have testified about what happened after they found officer Bryan J. Durman, the efforts made to save him and the evidence they used to tie Doneghy's sport-utility vehicle to the scene.
There will be public comment hearings today and tomorrow for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Earlier this month, opponents of tolls welcomed cost reducing changes to the bridges project that were proposed by the Mayor of Louisville and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana. The changes would make the project slightly smaller and cut its cost by $1.2 billion, bringing the total price tag to about $2.9 billion. Previously, it was suggested that tolls would be used to pay for half of the project, and until a final financing plan is in place, it’s not clear how essential tolls will be for the revised plan.
Danville City Commission approved a release agreement with Paul Stansbury at a Friday afternoon meeting that will pay the former city manager a year of salary and benefits worth a total of about $116,000. Stansbury — who had been suspended pending a final resolution on his termination — will receive remaining sick time and vacation time, totalling about $11,000, and his $80,000 annual salary in two lump sum payments of $40,000. The first payment will come within 21 days and the second during January of 2012.
Next to the American flag at the Valero gas station in May's Lick is a shorter pole bearing a white flag with a blue emblem: the Israeli flag. One of the owners of the gas station, Mark Myers decided to erect the flag to express his opinion on the current status of Israel, what it means to America and what America should mean for the country. Friday morning, two days after the flag was hung, a small pile of animal entrails appeared to have been placed in the grass near the flag. Myers now wonders whether someone could have been protesting his decision to display the Israeli flag.
Police have arrested more than 20 people charged in Pulaski County with not paying child support and are searching for others as part of an enforcement roundup, local prosecutors announced. A total of 44 people were charged. Police from several agencies began arresting them June 16 and have found about half of them, Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield said in a news release Wednesday.
As if orange barrels, speed traps and distracted motorists sharing the road weren’t stressful enough, drivers on southbound Interstate 71/75 Thursday morning were given another warning – beware of the undead. An electronic highway sign on the interstate near the Ky. 18 exit read: “Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead.” The sign was apparently hacked, said Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman.
Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between May 2010 and May 2011, while 16 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The City of Harlan plans to make drastic cuts and reduce staff levels to close a $200,000 hole in next year's budget. The cuts were presented at a special called council meeting Wednesday. "We will cut two positions in the street department, one position in the sewer department and one in the fire department," said Mayor Danny Howard. Besides the cuts in the staffing levels, the city is also proposing a 15 percent cut across the board in every department.
The National Weather Service storm survey crews have confirmed at least four tornados struck parts of Louisville Wednesday night. The first tornado struck around 8 pm, and Meteorologist Ted Funk says it was the most significant.
“Based on our storm survey,” says Funk “the heaviest damage was near the intersection of Floyd Street and Central Avenue, again there was a large industrial building that had heavy damage and estimates of wind in that area were 120 MPH.”
The National Weather Service says it was probably an EF-0 or EF-1 tornado that tore through Churchill Downs last night, damaging more than a dozen barns and other backside buildings, packing winds of up to 120 miles per hour.
Bluegrass Oakwood has cut about 200 jobs because of a dip in the number of residents at the Somerset facility for the developmentally disabled. Shannon Ware, CEO of Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation, said Wednesday that 168 people were laid off, but the total number of positions eliminated was about 200. The remaining positions that were eliminated were open positions. The cuts were across all levels of the organization. The layoffs were announced Friday, and employees were given 30 days notice.
AT&T announced Wednesday it will add 200 new jobs to a call center in Carter County and also addressed concerns about its wireless network in the state by announcing new investment in cell sites.The call center, which first opened in 2001, currently has about 1,000 employees. AT&T will not ask for any state tax incentives for the call center expansion. The average pay for the new jobs will be between $10 and $14 hourly.
Only one establishment has applied for a license to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink, since the city of Harlan passed the ordinance in late February and started accepting applications. The sole applicant so far is the Harlan Center, a facility owned by the city itself.