Lisa Autry, WKYU

One of the tour guides stranded by flood waters in a south central Kentucky cave says emergency plans already in place paid off  Thursday. 

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  In an effort to develop a set of recommendations for Kentucky to comply with President Obama’s clean power plan, a nonprofit group called Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has visited each congressional district for input. In Paducah Thursday night the group concluded a series of roundtable discussions focused on the opportunities and challenges of the state’s energy future.

Champion Homes, via Facebook

A modular and mobile home manufacturing company bringing 150 jobs to Marshall County is holding a job fair next week, as it looks to hire its first 50 employees., from pdf, cropped

A new jobs report shows unemployment rates fell in 83 Kentucky counties, rose in 33 and remained the same in 4 between April 2015 and April 2016. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Governor Matt Bevin is reviewing what it takes to be commissioned as a “Kentucky Colonel.” The governor’s spokeswoman Jessica Ditto says Bevin has temporarily stopped issuing commissions pending a review of the requirements necessary to receive the honor. She says he wants to make sure the title remains significant.

Karen Roach, 123rf

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 11 other states suing the federal government over a policy requiring local school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches the gender with which they identify.

Land Between the Lakes offers canoe and kayak rentals for use on Honker Lake beginning this weekend. Hourly rentals start at 10 a.m., and all boats must be returned by 4:30 p.m. Visitors must check in at the Nature Station in order to rent a canoe or kayak. Details on the Land Between the Lakes website.

University of Kentucky logo, via Facebook

The University of Kentucky says it will lay off up to 75 people as part of a reorganization plan to cut $6 million in spending.

Michelle Campbell, via City of Paducah

The Paducah McCracken County Convention Center Corporation (PMCCC) has appointed a new sales director. The board approved Michelle Campbell in a meeting Thursday. 

Allison Crawford, WKMS

County and economic development officials of Kentucky’s four western river counties are collaborating to develop a regional economic development initiative driven by the Panama Canal expansion. The expansion, which is set complete next month, is expected to significantly increase container shipping along the Mississippi River.