Coal mines in Kentucky and West Virginia will send millions of tons of coal to India, under the terms of a 25-year contract that was signed Wednesday. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson reports, the deal is being hailed as a sign of hope in the coal export market.
A federal judge's ruling could open the door to the sale of hard liquor and wine in grocery stores.
Currently state law allows grocery stores to only sell beer, while liquor stores and drug stores can sell beer, wine and liquor. After years of unsuccessful lobbying to change the law, grocery associations sued in federal court last year. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in Louisville handed down a ruling in their favor today, declaring that the ban is unconstitutional.
Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a one-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Thursday, Aug. 23.
Other operations of the Circuit Clerk’s office are not affected, and the office will be open all day. Driver’s licensing operations will resume on Friday, Aug. 24, and the new license will be available to McCracken County residents.
Kentucky teachers are being pushed to find more resources online as more and more textbooks become outdated and are not being replaced. The problem stems from a state budget that hasn’t allowed for full textbook funding in several years. Todd County school superintendent Wayne Benningfield says teachers have no choice but to move away from textbooks. He says teachers are always searching for materials that they can, in his words, beg, steal or borrow.
For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief. A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought.Now, tobacco specialists say much of the burley has gone through a growth spurt, thanks to recent rains.Farmers are just beginning to harvest tobacco.University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell says that with a decent curing season, this year's burley crop could fetch higher prices than a year ago.
A cancer research study that will span the next 20 to 30 years is looking for volunteers in the Commonwealth. The American Cancer Society will have sign-ups for its Cancer Prevention Study-3 this week at various locations across Louisville and central Kentucky. Spokeswoman Stephanie Feger says the CPS-3 builds on earlier longitudinal data.
Nominations are open for Kentucky’s Governor’s Ambassador Awards. The awards honor government employees who’ve made differences in the lives of others. Private citizens and government employees can nominate co-workers based on customer service, courage, leadership, community service or volunteerism. A selection committee
Co-chaired by First Lady Jane Beshear and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer the committee will choose finalists for the awards. The governor will then select winners.
Kentucky drivers' licenses are getting some security upgrades, and circuit court clerks' offices will be installing new equipment to implement the improvements. The Transportation Cabinet said the new license has multiple layers of security features to make it harder for counterfeiters to produce fake IDs. Among the new features are a digital watermark that can't be seen by the human eye, improved lamination, a hologram with an ultraviolet "ghost" image and bank note-quality printing. Drivers aren't required to obtain the new license until their current one expires.