Kentucky's Tourism Development Finance Authority has approved performance based tourism incentives for the new developers of the the Kentucky Kingdom theme park in Louisville. Those incentives could amount to as much as $10 million over ten years.
The park's now due to re-open by Memorial Day of 2014 after being shut down for four years when Six Flags went bankrupt. The new development group's headed by the park's original owner Ed Hart, who sold to Six Flags in the early 90's.
Hart says he'll detail what the new Kentucky Kingdom will be like this summer.
According to the National Weather Service, a cold front sweeping in from the west will bring numerous showers and thunderstorms to the region Thursday.
Wet weather will intially move into western sections in the morning, and some of those storms could be strong. Then, redevelopment is expected in the afternoon, primarily in the east, and some of those storms could be severe with strong winds, hail, and perhaps an isolated brief tornado or two.
The Department of Defense says an infantry brigade combat team from Fort Knox along with three other major units will be deployed to Afghanistan this summer.
The 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Knox includes about 2,200 soldiers.
The military says the deployment is part of an upcoming rotation of forces in Afghanistan later this year.
The other units include the 3,000 members of the 2nd Calvary Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany; the 3,200 members of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, at Fort Hood, Texas; and the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters, Fort Carson, Colo., and its 450 members.
Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age from 16 to 18 will be given a $10,000 state grant.
Holliday made the announcement Wednesday during a state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort. Just before the announcement, board members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging Kentucky's 174 school districts to raise the dropout age as soon as possible.
The board has for years been urging state lawmakers to raise Kentucky's legal dropout age to 18.
A compromise reached during this year's legislative session allows local districts to make their own decision on raising the age, but with a provision that once 55 percent of districts have done so, the change will be made statewide within four years.
A bill is gaining steam in Tennessee that would allow teachers and other staff members with a background in policing to carry guns in schools. The Tennessean reports the measure is a compromise between those who want all teachers to be allowed to carry guns, and those who want to increase the number of armed security guards in Volunteer State schools.
The bill would allow school personnel who have worked as police officers to get certification allowing them to bring their weapons to work. Gov. Bill Haslam backs the plan, saying it strikes a good balance between cost considerations, school safety, and local control.
House Bill 6 is moving its way through legislative committees in Nashville and could reach the floors of the state House and Senate before the session adjourns next week.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working on a new kind of project to combat the spread of bedbugs without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
Entomology professor Mike Potter says the team will attempt to replicate a highly successful remedy used centuries ago in Eastern Europe that involves using kidney bean leaves.
“They found that they could sprinkle bean leaves on the floors of their dwellings and capture bedbugs. The mechanism by which that occurs is through these little plant hairs called trichomes which is a natural defense that plants have to deter attacks by certain types of plant feeding insects," Potter explains.
Scientists at the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Irvine are now developing materials that mimic the trichomes on the bean leaves.
The group’s research findings have been published online in the Journal of the Royal Science interface.
Michael Veach is a man who knows his bourbon. Not just because he enjoys Kentucky's signature spirit, but because he's also one of the nation's foremost bourbon historians.
Veach is associate curator of special collections at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, and the author of the new book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Tradition. In his recent interview with WKU Public Radio, Veach told us about the many tall tales he had to debunk surrounding the history of bourbon.
Here are a few web audio extras featuring Veach that we didn't have time to include in the interview we aired this week:
The city of Glasgow is joining forces with regional power providers to make better economic and environmental use of methane emitted from local landfills.
Following a vote this week by the Glasgow City Council, mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman can now open negotiations with Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative and East Kentucky Power Cooperative to create a landfill gas generation project.
Currently, methane emitted from garbage at local landfills is vented into the atmosphere. Under the new plan, methane would be piped into a generator and converted into electricity.
Trautman says the city is trying to act in advance of new federal regulations regarding methane that go into effect in 2016.
Mitch McConnell’s campaign is asking the FBI to look into an audio recording of a staff meeting that was leaked to Mother Jones magazine. In the recording, Senator McConnell is heard saying that the campaign will aggressively attack any opponents and “do them out.”
The U.S. Senate Minority Leader also compared the early stages of the Senate campaign to a game of “Whac-A-Mole”, a game where participants strike an animated mole when it pops its head out of a hole.
Staffers also discuss at length the mental history of Ashley Judd, the Kentucky-born actress who was considering a Senate run against McConnell, but has since announced she will not run. A staffer is heard detailing Judd’s past admissions concerning episodes of depression and suicidal thoughts, calling Judd “emotionally unbalanced.”
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told the Courier-Journal that the recording amounted to “Watergate-style tactics” and that the campaign would allow the FBI to investigate the matter and not comment any further.