Credit Gov. Steve Beshear visits West Liberty, Ky on a Kentucky National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk after a tornado struck the town Mar. 2. (photo by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs)
Kentucky’s Washington delegation is asking President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and quickly. All six House members signed a letter to the president, reiterating many of the things Governor Beshear said in his letter to the White House. The congressmen write that the damage caused by the storms is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments.
Last week's outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms was predicted well in advance. Still, the severity of the storms and the amount of damage they caused caught many in the emergency preparedness community by surprise.
Officials with the Better Business Bureau say consumers who want to donate to help storm vicitims in the region should do a little background checking before they give money to organizations they don't recognize. Vice President of Communications Reanna Smith-Hamblin says on-line and door to door solicitations are sometimes used by con artists who are trying to steal someone's identity or get their cash.
Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn’t currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise.
The Public Service Commission's final power outage report for Monday estimates there are still more than 56 hundred power outages in Kentucky. In addition to outages caused by severe weather last week, heavy snowfall in some counties led to outages this morning.