Local News

  • Report: Expanded forestry sector could be boon to Eastern, southern Kentucky

    By Bill Estep
    Lexington Herald Leader

    Forest industries have the potential to provide thousands more jobs in Eastern and southern Kentucky as leaders in the region search for ways to improve the economy, according to an analysis.
    Expanding the forestry sector could provide $1.49 billion in new revenue and nearly 7,500 additional jobs in a 54-county region that includes areas hit hard by a sharp decrease in coal jobs, researchers in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky concluded.

  • Lawmakers urged to freeze gas tax, help roads

    By Tom Loftus

    Editor’s note: This news story was written prior to the last two days of the legislative session.

    State and local government officials are warning road construction projects will be delayed, potholes will go unfilled and highway workers will be laid off if the General Assembly does not act quickly to stabilize Kentucky's plunging gas TAX collections.

  • Appeals court: Kentucky library tax is legal

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    It doesn't look like libraries in Kentucky will have to close after all.
    The Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 3-0 decision handed down on Friday reversed two circuit court decisions in Kenton and Campbell counties that declared the library districts in those counties had improperly raised taxes for decades.

  • Mid-Continent University aiming to collect millions in student debt

    By Lauren P. Duncan
    The Paducah Sun

    About 1,000 students who formerly attended Mid-Continent University are expected to soon receive information on how to repay their student loan debts.
    MCU officials hopes to collect about $11.7 million in student debts. The school loaned the institution's money to students after the Department of Education cut the school off from receiving federal student loans due to the college's failure to properly file paperwork.

  • Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through 18 Kentucky counties under controversial plan

    By Greg Kocher
    Lexington Herald Leader

    A company's proposal to change the product flowing through an existing natural gas pipeline, and to reverse the flow through that interstate line, is drawing increasing concern and comment from Kentuckians.

  • Ban on powdered alcohol bottled up

    By Gregory A. Hall

    A powdered form of alcohol — recently approved by federal regulators — poses a threat to responsible alcohol use and should be banned, Kentucky regulators and some traditional producers say.
    But a bill to do just that is stalled in the final days of the Kentucky General Assembly, which returned Monday for its penultimate day. Senate Bill 81 contains a ban on powdered alcohol along with other clean-up efforts sought by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control department.

  • Schools liable in suicides? Court to hear case

    By Andrew Wolfson

    By all accounts eighth-grader Stephen Patton was cheerful and well-liked by most of his classmates at Floyd County’s Allen Central Middle School.
    But a few of them, his family says they discovered, repeatedly abused, taunted and bullied the 13-year-old gentle giant, who stood 6 foot 3, weighed 196 pounds and had a stutter.
    On Nov. 27, 2007, Stephen placed a gun to his head and took his own life.

  • Fatalities falling in Kentucky work zones, crashes increasing

    By Stu Johnson
    WEKU News

    As temperatures begin to climb this spring, the number of highway work crews on Kentucky's roads will also increase. Proper attention to the road remains the key to safe travels.

  • Concert for a cause

    The Marion County Association for the Handicapped hosted a concert Friday evening in Angelic Hall at Centre Square. Several local performers entertained the crowd, as well as the Brown Brothers Band from Bardstown.

  • Man of the town

    Joe Mattingly III served as the Marion County attorney for more than 24 years and has been operating his own law firm in Lebanon for 18 years. But, what many people don’t know is that he almost played Major League Baseball.
    Well, sort of.
    “I was convinced until I got to high school that I was going to play second base for the Cincinnati Reds,” Joe said, laughing. “I was absolutely certain of that.”