Frankfort, KY – A State employee questioned during an investigation that led to the firing of a State Park Manager has asked for a probe of her own. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park employee Augusta Graham claims Commerce Cabinet attorneys misled her about whether she needed a lawyer present.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted uemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in March to 5.3 percent in April. The Department for Employment Services reports the decline from the previous year's levels stands at one full percent.
The department's chief labor market analyst, Carlos Craycraft, says the year to year decline is "a significant drop." He says another positive sign is a fifteen percent decline in the number of claims for first-time unemployment benefits.
Campbellsville, KY – The official economic development agency for Campbellsville and Taylor County has earned national recognition from the Economic Development Administration. "Team Taylor County" has earned a 2004 Excellence Award for Economic Adjustment.
Ashland, KY – A statement from Marathon Ashland Petroleum may have solved the mystery of the fouled up fuel gauges in the Louisville area. The statement indicates that some regular grade gasoline delivered to the company's Kramer Lane distribution facility passed all industry standard tests, but "contained trace amounts of elemental sulfur."
Louisville, KY – The mystery of the fouled up fuel gauges in Louisville may have been solved. The State Attorney General's office reports that its apparently bad gasoline that is causing fuel gauges in vehicles to stop working properly.
Louisville/Bowling Green, KY – U-S Senator Jim Bunning and Congressman Hal Rogers were among those easily winning primary elections yesterday in Kentucky. Bunning will face Democrat Daniel Mongiardo, after Mongiardo defeated David L. Williams of Glasgow in his primary contest yesterday.
Louisville/ Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky voters are heading to the polls today to choose nominees for offices ranging from the General Assembly to the Presidency. However, the lack of a heated race in the contests topping the ballot is expected to contribute to a relatively light turnout.
Turnout in Bowling Green is described as "light" and those voting this morning had little or no wait at the polls.
Frankfort, KY – A pair of military police units of the Kentucky National Guard have been alerted for a possible call up to active duty. The alert coincides with recent reports of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by some members of the military police in Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
Frankfort, KY – Revenue experts say tax revenues are up in Kentucky, and the state could have at least seventy million dollars more than expected this fiscal year. Some lawmakers say the money could be saved for future budget problems or could help the House and Senate overcome differences to pass a budget.
Budget shortfalls have forced spending cuts in the past three years. But strong retail sales have boosted sales tax income above expectations.
Lexington, KY – A business cited for violating Lexington's smoking ban is challenging the law in court. Rather than pay the one hundred dollar fine for the health department's citation, Jackpot Bingo will fight the issue.
Attorney Jerry Wright entered a not guilty plea in Fayette District Court on behalf of the bingo hall. The case could result in the organization paying the fine plus court costs, but Wright predicts the bingo hall will prevail. He says the bingo hall is a non-profit organization.