Local/Regional News

Sessions Offered On Changes To Work Ready Program

Dec 29, 2017

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet plans to host two sessions in January to educate local officials and community leaders on revised criteria for the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program.

Agency Wants Utility Tax Savings To Benefit Consumers

Dec 29, 2017

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has ordered the state's for-profit utilities to pay attention to their savings under the new federal tax law.The commission wants those utilities to track their savings under the new lower rate that takes effect on Monday. The intent is to pass those savings on to ratepayers of electric, gas and water.

Captured Former Attorney Faces Federal Judge

Dec 29, 2017

A federal judge has ruled that a Kentucky lawyer who went on the run in a more than $500 million Social Security fraud case must forfeit property put up for bond. The judge ruled Thursday that Eric C. Conn violated the terms of his bond. Among property Conn had put up is his Floyd County law complex known for its small-scale Lincoln Memorial and Statue of Liberty.

Governor Orders Cuts To Cover Financial Gap

Dec 29, 2017
Associated Press

Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered budget cuts of 1.3 percent this fiscal year to meet a shortfall. The Consensus Forecasting Group earlier this month revised the estimate of tax receipts this fiscal year and projected that General Fund revenues will be $156 million less than previously budgeted.

Controversial Billboard Goes Up In Kentucky

Dec 29, 2017

An anti-circumcision group has erected its first billboard in the United States in Kentucky. Texas-based nonprofit Your Whole Baby is behind a billboard that went up Dec. 14 in Owensboro, reading: "Circumcision harms. Bring your whole baby home." A local, anonymous donor provided a year's worth of funding for the sign, which will move to different parts of the city.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Weather Plan has been activated due to the forecast of extreme cold temperatures in Lexington. This plan will remain in effect through Jan. 2, 2018. The plan is activated anytime the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees so that people experiencing homelessness in Lexington have warm, secure shelter.

Conn Will Be Back In Federal Court

Dec 28, 2017

Eric C. Conn, the former lawyer who went on the lamb this past summer after pleading guilty to social security fraud is due back in federal court Thursday for a bond revocation hearing.

Lexington Shelter Needs Your Help

Dec 28, 2017

The Hope Center has helped 1,483 people at the Emergency Shelter in the last seven days. They are in desperate need of thermal underwear, regular underwear, hats, gloves and other winter clothing. Items can be dropped off at the shelter at 360 W. Loudon Ave.

Kentucky Ampitheater Closes Amid Safety Issues

Dec 28, 2017

Kentucky parks officials say an amphitheater that has hosted an outdoor musical — "The Stephen Foster Story" — for decades has been closed due to electrical and structural issues. The Department of Parks says a recent inspection determined the stage area of J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre is not safe for employees or guests.

Kentucky remains the 26th largest state by population, based on newly released census data that shows an increase in residents of 0.4 percent from last year.