Springfield, IL – Facing a crowded field in the Republican primary, former Illinois attorney general Jim Ryan is tossing his hat into the ring in the race for governor. Ryan says his statewide political experience and the personal challenges he's overcome make him the best candidate. He has survived multiple bouts of cancer, his 12-year-old daughter's death from a brain tumor, his wife's near-fatal heart attack and his son's 2007 suicide.
Frankfort, KY – First lady Jane Beshear is urging Kentuckians to donate coats to help the poor during this year's upcoming winter. Governor Steve Beshear's office is working with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky on a coat drive that runs through November 27th.
Mrs. Beshear says she's encouraging people to donate coats that could help provide warmth for low-income families. She's asking for new or gently used winter coats.
Wickliffe, KY – Traffic will be restricted to one lane tomorrow afternoon on the US-51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe and Cairo to allow a routine annual inspection of the bridge deck and superstructure.
Restrictions are expected to go up around noon and last about 3-4 hours. Motorists should be alert for equipment, flaggers, and inspection personnel in close proximity to traffic. Any delays should be minor.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Association of Counties insurance group officials have agreed to stop paying for most meals, trips or gifts for county officials. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports KACo officials responded to a threat of fines from the state Department of Insurance.
This means KACo will avoid violating state law prohibiting "illegal inducements" to prospective insurance customers. Those serving on KACo's insurance boards can still travel to meetings regarding insurance using the programs' money.
Paducah, KY – Paducah City Commissioners agreed to adopt a ban on texting while at their next meeting. Risk Manager Cindy Medford recommended the proposal to commissioners at a meeting last night in support of a pre-filed bill in the Kentucky General Assembly. The bill would create a probationary period for the public to become accustomed to the changes, after which a fine of $50 could be issued. Medford referred to a recent study that finds drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in a collision.
Madisonville, KY – Madisonville's Glema Mahr, a dedicated farmer, community volunteer and arts supporter passed away Tuesday. Ms. Mahr volunteered for numerous organizations and served on the governing boards of many. She has been recognized for her outstanding community support over the years. In 2005 Madisonville Community College's Fine Art's Center was named the Glema Mahr Center for the arts, Mrs. Mahr volunteered for the center for more than 10 years. She was 92. There will be a memorial/celebration of her life at the center December 13.