Kentucky's 173 public school districts have approved policies that increase the dropout age to 18 from 16. The state legislature passed a law in 2013 giving school districts the option of raising the dropout age. Once 55 percent of districts did so, it would trigger a four-year deadline for everyone else to raise the age. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said districts beat that deadline by one year. The law does not apply to private schools.
Tourism is booming along with production at Kentucky's bourbon distilleries. The Kentucky Distillers' Association says the 18 participating distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour had nearly 725,000 visits from tourists last year. The record number was up 14 percent from 2013.
Recently the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched an initiative called the $5M Cities Challenge, a national call for new ideas to make communities around the country more vibrant places to live and work.
A complaint has been filed that accuses the Fayette County school district of discrimination. The Lexington-Fayette County Human Rights Commission Director Raymond Sexton told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the organization filed the complaint on behalf of employees who said they are victims of race discrimination.