Today's News

  • Fiscal court leaves tax rates unchanged

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved keeping its tax rates the same as they were last year.
    During their Aug. 7 meeting, the magistrates voted 4-0 to keep the tax rates the same. Magistrate Larry Caldwell was not present during that portion of the meeting, although he did arrive later.
    The fiscal court’s 2014 tax rates are 8.6 cents per $100 in real property and 10.9 cents per $100 in personal property, which include motor vehicles and watercraft.

  • Former prison employees miss ‘family’

    It’s been more than a year since the Commonwealth of Kentucky decided to end its contract with Marion Adjustment Center, a private prison that housed minimum and medium security inmates.
    At the time of the announcement, the prison had more than 160 employees. Some of those employees remained in corrections, but many have had to find employment in other fields.
    “I truly say the people I worked with were like my second family,” said Shawn Gaither, who worked at MAC for 12 years.

  • Local first responders attend private visitation

    By Gina Clear
    The News-Enterprise

    A giant American flag spanned the width of the back wall at Glendale’s Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday as family members and area first responders gathered to pay their respects to fallen firefighter Jonathan French.

  • Gribbins sentenced to 20 years for murder

    Christopher Gribbins has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the wanton murder of 22-year-old David Litsey Jr.
    Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly handed down the sentence Thursday morning.
    Prior to the sentencing, Nicole Stamp, the mother of Litsey’s three children, read a statement on behalf of the Litsey family. She said Nov. 9, 2012, was supposed to be a celebration of the birth of her oldest child, but instead they were mourning Litsey’s death.

  • Kentucky ranks low in Internet speeds

    By Katie Brandenburg
    Bowling Green Daily News

    Kentucky ranked as one of the states with the lowest average Internet connection speeds in the country in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from the company, Akamai Technologies.
    Kentucky joins Montana and Arkansas with an average connection speed of 7.3 megabits per second, according to the report from the cloud services provider.
    Alaska had the lowest speed of 7 megabits per second, according to the report.

  • Kynect passed by legislative committee

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    Jousting over Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to enact kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange through the Affordable Care Act, continued Aug. 4 as an interim committee affirmed on a party-line vote an executive order creating the exchange.
    The move prompted the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to compare Beshear’s actions to those of President Barack Obama, whom she said the governor is “in love with” and “emulates.”

  • UK pharmacy professor develops nasal spray to stop heroin and other opioid overdoses

    By Linda B. Blackford
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A University of Kentucky pharmacy professor has developed a nasal spray to stop heroin and other opioid overdoses, and his invention has now been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration.
    Daniel Wermeling, who also is a UK alumnus, has worked on ways to better administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses. The drug is used with a needle by emergency workers and others, but nasal spray is a quicker and easier method.

  • Staying in the driver's seat

    By Rich Suwanski
    The Messenger-Inquirer

    Mark Moseley is 92 years old and still drives his 1998 Chevrolet Lumina, even though his family would rather he not get behind the wheel anymore.
    "My children don't want me to drive," he said with a chuckle. "They say my reflexes aren't the same, like if someone stops quickly in front of me, they think I don't react quickly enough."

  • Kentucky starts fiscal year with 2.2 percent growth in General Fund revenue

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Kentucky started its fiscal year with a 2.2 percent increase in General Fund revenue in July, state budget director Jane Driskell reported Monday.
    The General Fund, which pays for most state programs, collected $705.9 million in July.
    Driskell said the General Fund's growth is "a positive sign, especially since our two largest taxes — individual income and sales tax — grew at robust levels of 5.9 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively."

  • Health coverage information, screenings and wellness tips available at State Fair

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information about Gov. Steve Beshear’s new health initiative and updates about the state’s health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services exhibit.