State Tourism Figures Are Up

State Tourism Figures Are Up Kentucky tourism officials say more people visited the state in 2018 and spent more money.Officials say visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4% over the prior year and a 21% increase since 2013.The…

State Unemployment Numbers Are Posted

State Unemployment Numbers Are Posted Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment figure rose slightly in July but remained lower than the rate a year ago.The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.3% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.1% rate in June. But it’s below…

Murray State University Opens Autism Center

Murray State University Opens Autism Center Murray State University says its Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is set to formally open next week.A statement from the school says there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a reception on Aug. 22.Officials say the center was designed to providing timely, comprehensive and affordable evaluation…

Police Chase Comes To Fiery Conclusion

Police Chase Comes To Fiery Conclusion A police chase came to a fiery end in Laurel County.Deputies say Mickey Wayne Grubb, 18, blew through a stop sign causing police to chase after him.Grubb nearly hit two people and a Trooper during the chase.Grubb lost control of the car on Barron Road striking an embankment.…

Lawnmower Engine Company Closing In KY

Lawnmower Engine Company Closing In KY Briggs & Stratton will expand its manufacturing plant in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff and add 130 new jobs over the next year, while at the same time closing a plant in Kentucky.The company, which makes small gasoline engines used in lawnmowers, announced Thursday that it…

Cracking Down On Condemned Buildings

Cracking Down On Condemned Buildings In June, the city of Hazard issued 45 notices to building and property owners that had buildings that were not up to code. In 2018 the city created a codes board to oversee that buildings were maintained.The notices gave owners the chance to fix the code violations or show…