Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky's jobless rate has reached 10.2 percent. State officials say that reading is the highest unemployment rate since May of this year, and marks a two-tenths of a percent increase in the past month. Although the overall jobless rate moved higher, some sectors did show job growth in November. The Education and Health Services sector, for example, showed an increase of eleven hundred jobs for that month.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 212 thousand Kentuckians were unemployed in November.
Fort Knox – More than 3,000 soldiers at Fort Knox are headed overseas this month. The Third Brigade Combat Team will spend a year in eastern Afghanistan. It's a volatile region along the border with Pakistan, where the mountainous terrain presents challenges, says Brigade Commander Colonel Chris Toner.
"A lot of small villages out in a very rural environment, not a lot built up in terms of roads and those things, literacy rate is about 30 percent literate."
Bowling Green, KY – The Public Service Commission says a shortage of telephone numbers won't be a problem in western Kentucky for at least four years. So the PSC has decided not to pursue the implementation of a split area code plan for those portions of Kentucky currently in the 270 area. The PSC started the process of creating a new area code in the region back in 2006. Dan Modlin has more on the story.........
Fort Knox – History is being made this month at Fort Knox. For the army post just north of Elizabethtown, it's the first major combat deployment since World War Two. Thirty-five hundred soldiers are headed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On Thursday, the community gathered on post to give the soldiers a hearty send-off. Lisa Autry was at the deployment ceremony and has this report.
Bowling Green – The Kentucky Department for Public Health is urging residents of the state to get vaccinated against pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough. State epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says more than 250 cases have been reported across the state this year. He says adults and children should consider booster shots.