A western Kentucky aluminum smelter has notified employees that it plans to shut down operations on Aug. 20 unless it can get lower electric rates.
Century Aluminum has been in negotiations with its power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corp., for more than a year. Both parties told the Messenger-Inquirer on Tuesday that they are still trying to negotiate a deal before time runs out.
Legislation to lower the smelter's electric bills was introduced during the General Assembly, but pulled due to misinformation that surrounded the issue.
Century gave a 12-month notice last year to Big Rivers saying it would not renew its power contract. The plant in Hawesville employs about 700 workers.
The Commissioner of Education in Kentucky has been diagnosed with a neurological voice disorder that’s limiting his ability to talk normally. Dr. Terry Holliday started noticing symptoms last September, and by December his voice had dramatically deteriorated.
After ruling out cancer, Holliday made appointments with several specialists.
“I’ve been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, which is basically your vocal cords freeze up," Holliday said.
A cause of the condition is unknown but fortunately it’s not life-threatening. Spasmodic dysphonia is the same disorder that affects public radio host Diane Rehm.
According to the National Weather Service, scattered thunderstorms are expected Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, with the strongest storms expected along the Ohio River. Some storms may produce quarter sized hail and isolated damaging wind gusts.
Very warm temperatures are expected Wednesday and Thursday, and another round of severe weather is possible Thursday night.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he was as surprised as anyone that FBI and IRS agents locked down the headquarters of his family’s company Monday. He says all he knows is that they were looking for “certain records.”
The governor remains a primary shareholder in Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J, though he has never disclosed the level of his investment. He stepped down as company president in 1998. Brother Jimmy has returned as CEO after leaving his post briefly last year when he bought the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.
Gov. Haslam was asked by reporters Tuesday if he was worried about any appearance of impropriety.
“Well sure. To say you didn’t would not exactly be honest. That’s a business that my family is involved in, people I care a lot about. So to say that it doesn’t feel like a big deal is wrong," said the governor.
Kentucky Governor Beshear has put his signature on a bill that clears the way for a new statewide teacher evaluation system.
In a private ceremony in his office on Monday, the governor signed into law House Bill 180. The legislation is intended to move educators from simply being qualified to being highly effective.
“Current evaluation systems in Kentucky do not provide our educators the information they need to support their professional growth and effectiveness and in turn, to support increases in student achievement,” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said.
The new evaluation system calls for multiple measures of effectiveness. The system, which is being field-tested in 54 school districts this school year, will be piloted statewide in the 2013-14 school year.
A Daviess County native who is an Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged for selling secrets to an FBI undercover agent who he believed was a Russian spy, a panel of eight military members decided Monday.
Spec. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, pleaded guilty last month to attempted espionage and other counts.
Military prosecutors painted him as a white supremacist who was fed up with the Army and the United States, and was willing to sell secrets to an enemy agent, even if that would cost fellow soldiers their lives.
Defense attorneys said Millay was emotionally stunted, was only seeking attention and was a candidate for rehabilitation.
Bowling Green's Grant Cline spoke to Joe Corcoran about his experiences at the Boston Marathon Monday.
Grant Cline of Bowling Green says Monday's race was his first, and will be his last, Boston Marathon.
Cline had completed the race less than half an hour before two explosions rocked the finish line area as he was looking for his wife at the family waiting area. Cline, a Fed Ex driver, spoke to WKU Public Radio hours after the explosions.
"Twenty-five minutes after I finished, all of this starts to go down. You've got families that have been affected forever, two or three that have lost their lives. It's been an incredible day," Cline said.
Cline said after he found his wife Wendy unharmed their thoughts turned to those who had been killed and injured. He called the blasts an "evil thing."
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has banked nearly $13 million for his re-election campaign, including more than $1.8 million since January, according to a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
The FEC filing also shows he still has more than $8.6 million on hand.
"Mitch's popularity and deep, longstanding support make him the most prolific fundraiser in the game," said campaign manager Jesse Benton. "We are building the best statewide campaign America has ever seen, and will work hard to make Kentucky proud."
The latest report shows McConnell with an enormous head start over any potential rivals, although no serious challengers have stepped forward so far.
A report from the Kentucky Drug Control Policy Office says the number of methamphetamine labs found in the state in 2012 has dropped after a peak year.
The report lists 1,060 labs being discovered last year, a slight drop from the peak year of 1,233 found in 2011. Until last year, the number of meth labs located had increased each year since 2008.
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports that officials can't point to any one reason why meth lab discoveries declined last year but say a contributing factor could be that state law changed last year to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase without a prescription. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in locally produced methamphetamine.
The law limits the amount of pseudoephedrine, a common cold and allergy medicine, a person can purchase without a prescription to 24 grams a year.