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Posted December 19, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Warren Fiscal Court gives final OK to right to work
     Warren County Fiscal Court Friday became the first county in the nation to enact a local right-to-work ordinance. It was approved on a 6-1 vote. Supporters and opponents of the ordinance filled the room and spilled out into the landing Friday morning before the meeting began. The ordinance states that no employee covered under the National Labor Relations Act “need join or pay dues to a union or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.” It is designed to apply to the entire county and the municipalities within it. Two other counties – Simpson and Fulton counties – also have also approved initial readings of right-to-work ordinances.

    Posted December 19, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Kentucky smoke-free bill has support
     Members of the General Assembly clearly voiced their support for a smoke-free Kentucky bill for the 2015 session Wednesday that mirrors previously failed legislation in 2014. Denouncing the argument that a smoke-free bill prohibiting smoking in public places would kill business, Brent Cooper, a business owner from northern Kentucky, said not only are businesses prospering across the Ohio River in Cincinnati with a smoke-free law, but that the pubs in Ireland haven’t shut down since the country put a ban on smoking in the workplace 10 years ago.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Restaurant offers Christmas meal for those who can't pay or don't want to be alone
     Reflecting on their own experience for the holidays, Chocolate-N-More co-owners Michael Naylor and James Rajala decided to open their doors, giving those who don’t have a place to go a destination for the holidays. “We don’t have close family here. Rather than sit around staring at the walls all day, we figured there are other people who don’t have families. We could feed them,” said Michael Naylor, co-owner of the business on Church Street in Danville. So, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas day, those without a place to go can join the men at their restaurant as they celebrate Christmas.

    Posted December 19, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Cheaper gasoline means more travelers on the highway, AAA says
     This holiday season, Americans are getting the gift of cheaper gasoline for their holiday travels. And that will encourage people to travel more — an increase of about four percent is expected — and increase the number of cars on the road, said Christopher Oakford, spokesperson for Triple A of the Bluegrass.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Big changes may be coming to Kentucky State Fair
     Wholesale changes might be coming in the next few years for the Kentucky State Fair but officials stress they won't jeopardize the agricultural and educational thrust of what has become a Kentucky institution. Every aspect of the fair is to be reviewed, including its concerts, vendor fees, the location of tents, the midway and its rides, access and traffic, the fair's promotion and security, its components such as the World's Championship Horse Show and livestock activity, as well as commercial exhibits and ribbon competitions.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville ups minimum wage to $9, inflation linked
     The Metro Council and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who were at odds over increasing the minimum wage, reached an agreement Thursday night with the council voting to increase the minimum wage in Jefferson County to $9 an hour gradually over three years. The council also tied increases beyond 2017 to the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index for urban cities in the region. Fischer, who had vowed to veto an increase above $8.75, said in a statement he was pleased with the council's vote and would sign $9 an hour because it was a balanced compromise.

    Posted December 19, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Conway targets heroin traffickers
     State Attorney General Jack Conway called on legislators Thursday to pass a bill that would create tougher penalties for people convicted of trafficking in heroin. At a press conference Thursday afternoon at Conway's office in Frankfort, Conway said any heroin-related bill that legislators pass during next year's session should also increase access to substance abuse treatment, create a potential defense for heroin users who report when another person overdoses and should give law enforcement access to a drug that reverses the effects of heroin overdoses.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Light snow is possible tonight in Western Kentucky
     Though only a small amount of snow - or maybe none at all - is expected to accumulate tonight in the Western Kentucky region, drivers are warned to use caution while on the roads Saturday morning. Robin Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, said there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation after 7 tonight and before 7 Saturday morning, which could result in less than an inch of snow accumulation.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Fulton patients to get care at local clinic
     Physicians at Fulton's Hillview Clinic are reassuring the public of their commitment to stay in the area after Parkway Regional Hospital's announced closing on March 31. Parkway's closure means the clinic must relocate to adjacent South Fulton, Tennessee, to be recognized as a rural health clinic under Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin. But three of Hillview's doctors say patients needn't be concerned about their standard of care, according to Parkway CEO John Ballard.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Changes coming to Pennyrile-I-69 interchange
     If you’re traveling from Henderson toward Eddyville by way of the Pennyrile Parkway, prepare to encounter a new ramp at the Pennyrile-Interstate 69/Western Kentucky Parkway south of Madisonville. A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans on Saturday to open one of two overpasses being constructed there to allow traffic to move between the Pennyrile and I-69 at interstate speed. That’s one of several projects aimed at upgrading the Pennyrile so it can become part of I-69 between Henderson and southern Hopkins County.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Western Kentucky town sees another mayor resign
     The city of Corydon is once again without a mayor after Brian McCormic abruptly resigned Thursday before his full term of office even began. The Corydon City Council immediately went into executive session when it convened Thursday evening, and stayed behind closed doors for almost 30 minutes. At times, raised voices could be heard from the room. McCormic resigned immediately after the council resumed its open session. McCormic, 51, is a handyman who served on the Corydon City Council before being appointed mayor in May after former mayor Philip Brewster Jr. also resigned.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Mother of drunken-driving victim looks to reinstate MADD chapter
     When a drunken driver killed Tommy Langley in 2009, he inflicted a wound in Langley’s mother that time has aggravated, not healed. “This (Christmas) is going to be the most difficult one,” said Mary Sue Sharp, Langley’s mother. “Knowing my son is gone and I’ll never see him again, and that Michael’s free as a bird.” At Kentucky’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving candlelight vigil Dec. 13, Sharp applied to reinstate a MADD chapter in Hardin County. If successful, it would be the first chapter in the area in almost two decades.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Former KSP trooper to face jury in fall 2015
     A former state trooper indicted on sex charges involving a then-15-year-old girl will face a jury in the fall of 2015. The trial for Stratford Young, indicted on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy, was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 26 during a court appearance Thursday in Meade Circuit Court.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
New Ky. 16 could open in January
     The final stretch of construction for the new Ky. 16 is nearing completion, and could be open soon after the new year starts. "We hope to have the roadway and bridge open around the first week of January," said Nancy Wood, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6. According to engineering technologist Dustin Vogt, also of KTC, the bridge is 120 feet tall and more than 900 feet long, built to traverse a deep valley just north of Robertson Road.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Church builds home for woman in one day
     With tears in her eyes, she watches as the volunteers build her a place to live. Just a few weeks ago, on the same land, stood a home she couldn't afford to repair that had significant damage. But now, a new home stands where her old one used to be. Elk Horn and Greensburg Baptist churches, along with other members from various denominations, pitched in to help. The effort began very early Saturday morning, with the goal to build the home in just one day.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown call center closing in late February
     Sykes Enterprises Inc. began notifying employees this week that its Bardstown facility is closing. The call center is scheduled to close Feb. 27. “Due to changing needs and market conditions, Sykes is consolidating locations,” the company released in a statement Wednesday.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear opens first section of the U.S. 460 project in Pike County
     Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday joined local and state officials to ceremonially open the much-anticipated first half of the U.S. 460 realignment project in Pike County – an 8-mile, $283 million project. Speaking to a full gymnasium at Shelby Valley High School, Beshear emphasized the importance and need of this project.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Manhunt over for beating suspect in Grant County
     A manhunt that lasted almost 24 hours in Northern Kentucky is over. Authorities arrested Eric Unthank, 42, Thursday morning on Beaver Road in Union, according to a Boone County police dispatcher. Police and other officials have been searching for Unthank since Wednesday morning, when he reportedly broke into a home in Crittenden and assaulted six people.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
SEEK cuts will hit schools
     School districts will experience a midyear cut to their Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, funding beginning next year. The statewide reduction was projected to be about $15 million when the issue was first broached Friday. It had been reduced to $7,764,773 by Wednesday when the KDE listed adjusted numbers on its website. The state gives money to local school districts on a per-pupil basis. State legislators decided in the last General Assembly to return SEEK funding to levels previously attained before the Great Recession.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Proposed KU rate hike might hit poor hardest
     When Milton Scarborough received notice last week that Kentucky Utilities is seeking a 9.6 percent rate increase next year that would raise the average residential bill by $11 a month, red flags went up. It’s not that Scarborough, a Centre College professor, is concerned that his electric bill will grow beyond his means if the rate hike is granted. As a board member for Family Services in Danville, he worries about the impact such an increase would have on those who already are struggling to pay their bills


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