Finding The Next KY Education Commissioner

Finding The Next KY Education Commissioner Kentucky education officials are encouraging residents and stakeholders to participate in a survey on the qualities that the state’s next education commissioner should possess.The survey opened this week and will be available through Feb. 6, the Kentucky Board of Education said in a statement. It takes about five…

Suspended Mine Licenses

Suspended Mine Licenses Kentucky suspended mine licenses at coal operations in Perry and Pike Counties.The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety said some American Resources Corporation employees still have not been paid. Some of those miners in Pike County blocked a train last week in protest.The Lexington Herald-Leader reviewed court records and found that ARC…

State Sanctuary Illigal Sanctuary Ban

State Sanctuary Illigal Sanctuary Ban Senate Republicans identified a controversial bill targeting illegal immigration as the chamber’s top legislative priority on Tuesday, the first day of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session. Senate Bill 1, from Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, bans any “sanctuary policy” by police or public agencies in Kentucky. It also requires…

Real ID Act

Real ID Act Governor Andy Beshear and the state’s Transportation Secretary Jim Gray are expected to provide an update on Kentucky’s REAL ID Act. After years of delays, the state has decided to distribute REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses. The licenses will be distributed across twelve regional offices. A press conference is scheduled for…

Whitley Sanctuary for Guns

Whitley Sanctuary for Guns Nearly 200 people filled the Whitley County Fiscal Courtroom on Tuesday evening in support of one item on the court’s agenda, the resolution to make Whitley County a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County. Community members had their time to share their thoughts on the resolution with all voicing their support. “I…

Earthquak Triggered Curious 911 Calls

Earthquak Triggered Curious 911 Calls As hundreds wondered what caused their homes and businesses to shake during Monday’s earthquakes, Whitley County 911 was busy taking all the curious calls. The 3.8 magnitude earthquake caught the attention of the majority of Southern Kentucky. WKYT reports Whitley County 911 took in dozens of calls. The U.S.…

Lawmakers Sponsoring Tax Increase

Lawmakers Sponsoring Tax Increase A Kentucky lawmaker has sponsored a bill that would increase the state sales tax. Rep. John Sims Jr., D-Flemingsburg, pre-filed House Bill 28 last year. The bill would raise the sales tax in the state to 8 percent on or after Jan. 1, 2021. The bill would increase some property…

Nerve Agent Destruction

Nerve Agent Destruction The Blue Grass Army Depot has started destroying nerve agent stored at the facility. More than 500 tons of chemical weapons are being housed on the compound. The weapons are destroyed through a two-step process called neutralization, followed by supercritical water oxidation. Automated machines take the weapons apart, drain the chemicals,…