As Kentuckians prepare for the Fourth of July, temperatures are expected to close in on the 100 degree mark. A hot dry fourth would create some additional concern for fire safety.
Fire officials every summer often suggest families attend professional fireworks shows. There are always safety issues related to back yard fireworks displays. But, this year, extremely dry conditions raise a real fire threat to brush and structures. In fact, State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says even some professionals are weighing their options.
Wild fires are scorching hundreds of square miles in several western states of the U.S. While parts of Kentucky are experiencing severe drought, the risk of similar fires in the commonwealth is relatively small.
Motorists across Kentucky are keen to the fact that when it comes to predicting gasoline prices, it is far from an exact science. It’s not unusual to find pump prices in one town 20 to 30 cents lower than in a community less than a half hour away.
The decline in the number of dairy farms continues in Kentucky. A decade ago, State Dairy Marketing Specialist Eunice Schlappi says the Commonwealth had about two thousand dairy farms. Schlappi says that number is down to about 850 today.
The head of the Family Foundation of Kentucky says re-defining marriage in the United States would be a ‘tragedy.’ Kent Ostrander joined a discussion on gay marriage on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. He says he believes society benefits from traditional marriages.