Glynis Board

Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley.

The request even hit the president’s radar. Speaking earlier this month at a roundtable event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Donald Trump said the administration was examining the utility’s request.

"We'll be looking at that 202, you know what a 202 is, we'll be looking at that, we're trying," he said.


Somerset Pulaski County Development Foundation

A Houston, Texas-based company is investing $75 million in a new manufacturing plant in  Somerset. Extiel will use a unique technology to convert natural gas into synthetic waxes, oils and solvents. The company will manufacture products that may include ultra-clean synthetic fuels, like motor oil. 

The new plant will create 60 jobs within four years.

Martin Shearer is executive director of the Somerset Pulaski County Development Foundation. He says the company knows there’s an existing market.

Keaton Connor

Students at Marshall County High School participated in a statewide moment of silence this morning, to remember the lives of Bailey Holt and Preston Cope--two 15-year-old students who lost their lives to a shooter at the school January 23rd.

Marshall County High School junior Keaton Conner stood silently alongside other students and teachers as they circled the school to honor classmates who lost their lives only three months ago.

“It's a great way for us all to be together and to remember them and to remember what happened that day in a peaceful and respectful manner," Conner said.

Lisa Autry

The attorney for Timothy Madden is asking the state of Kentucky to help pay for his client’s legal defense.  Madden is scheduled to go on trial this summer for the murder of a young Scottsville girl. 

Attorney Travis Lock filed a motion this week in Allen County Circuit Court seeking to have Madden declared an indigent person.  The court document states that the 40-year-old Madden and his family have exhausted all of their personal funds to pay for legal representation. 

WFPL

A new poll shows one in four Kentuckians knows someone who has abused prescription pain drugs.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll also showed a decrease in the number of adults in the commonwealth who were prescribed pain pills. In 2011, about half of adults had a pain pill prescription. The poll released this week shows that’s declined to one in three adults.

Bill Monroe Museum

A long-time dream of the small town of Rosine in Ohio County has become a reality. The community opening of the Bill Monroe Museum on April 20 offers a first public view of a collection of memorabilia that’s long been in storage.

Two of the legendary musician's  mandolins will be on exhibit, along with a Gibson banjo played by Rudy Lyle, a member of Monroe's band, The Bluegrass Boys. Some larger items, will also be in the museum, including one of Monroe's Cadillacs, and another Cadillac owned by him and his son, and last driven by another music legend Ralph Stanley.

Special guests at the opening include the Ohio County Judge Executive David Johnston, and Bill Monroe’s son, James Monroe and the musician’s grandson, Jim Monroe.   

New exhibits will be added throughout the season, including memorabilia and photos from many in the community who knew Monroe, as well as from other musicians and their families.

Fate of Kentucky's New Pension Law to Be Decided by July

Apr 19, 2018
Ryland Barton

A Kentucky judge says he plans to decide by July 14 whether he will block a new law making changes to Kentucky's troubled pension plan from taking effect.

State lawmakers passed a law earlier this month making changes to the state's underfunded pension system. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued, saying it violates the state constitution and lawmakers broke the law when they passed it.

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

Fresh off this year’s legislative session, a new poll suggests that Kentuckians aren’t happy with the work of the governor and state lawmakers. 

Only 32 percent of Kentuckians surveyed this month approved of Republican Governor Matt Bevin’s job performance.  Political Science Professor Joel Turner heads the Social Science Research Center at Western Kentucky University, which conducted the poll. 

Kentucky Election Officials Given Cybersecurity Training

Apr 19, 2018

Kentucky's secretary of state says county officials are receiving cybersecurity training as the state bolsters efforts to protect its elections from the ongoing threat of hacking.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says county clerks statewide received the training Thursday from the Department of Homeland Security. She says the training is a crucial step to protect elections and to increase public confidence in the election process.

The training comes ahead of next month's primary election in Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave National Park is making plans for the future in hopes of better serving the roughly half-a-million yearly visitors to the natural attraction in south central Kentucky. 

The park has made a number of improvements within the past year, including a renovation of the lodge, upgrades to concession areas, a new pedestrian bridge, and a new handicap-accessible trail.  The national park has also installed solar panels to power charging stations for electric cars in the visitor parking lot. 

Park Superintendent Barclay Trimble spoke to members of the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday.  In addition to the improvements already made, he said the park is working on a cave management plan that will guide how the attraction operates in future decades.

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