The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says salt supplies statewide are reaching critically low levels.
A nationwide salt shortage and perpetual snowfall has diminished supply.
The state has used more than 410,000 tons of salt this season, compared with 160,000 tons at this point last year. More salt is on order, yet officials are unsure when it will get delivered.
“With the regional demand in this part of the country, there just is no salt to find anywhere," explained Transportation Spokesman Chris Jessie. "We’re on the waiting list, and we’ve been ordering salt all along, it’s just the supply has stopped.”
Some counties are in worst shape than others, so to level supplies, salt has been shifted among highway districts, and the state’s emergency reserve has also been tapped.
Currently, the state has less than 70,000 tons of salt on hand. Historically, this amount has been more than enough for the winter, but the transportation cabinet wants to make sure every county has enough salt to handle another snow and ice event.
Four schools at the Fort Knox military post in central Kentucky will be shut down as the post loses its lone combat brigade as part of military base realignment.
The four schools -- Kingsolver Elementary, Mudge Elementary, Pierce Elementary and Walker Intermediate account for 877 students.
The shutdown will take place at the end of the current school year. Fort Knox's lone combat unit, the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is being deactivated.
Department of Defense spokeswoman Cindy Gibson says it is unclear if schools at other posts will be shut down as the military tries to shrink to about 450,000 active-duty soldiers over the next five years.
The Defense Department spends about $375 million annually to operate its schools.
Kentucky's first official 2015 gubernatorial slate features former Louisville and Lexington council members.
Louisville businessman Hal Heiner has chosen Kentucky GOP Finance Chair K.C. Crosby as his running mate.
Heiner ran an unsuccessful race for Louisville mayor in 2010. Crosby, who sat on Lexington’s council from 2007 to 2012 , was also unsuccessful in her bid for state treasurer three years ago.
Heiner launched his campaign Tuesday at Star Manufacturing in Lexington. He believes the state’s economic model is outdated.
“We continue to exist on this old platform and we’re just not competitive," said Heiner. "I feel it in the business I’m in and I see what’s going on with cranes in states all around, bringing those jobs and very seldom does those jobs land here in Kentucky.”
Heiner told a group of supporters on the factory floor “today begins a 20 month journey.”
Kentucky voters will select their next governor in November of 2015.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge's decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries.
Beshear's announcement on Tuesday came moments after Attorney General Jack Conway said he would not ask a higher court to review the decision. Both are Democrats.
WKU Associate History Professor Dr. Patricia Minter called Gov. Beshear's decision "odd"
“The governor may feel that he’s compelled to defend this in some way in order to get a definitive answer. That’s one possibility," said Dr. Minter. "Of course there are all kinds of political explanations that are possible as well. But, it is unlikely that outside counsel is going to prevail in this case."
A state Republican lawmaker is considering filing a bill that will permit U.S. Senator Rand Paul to run for re-election in Congress, as well as President of the United States.
Senate GOP Floor Leader Damon Thayer is mulling legislation that would clarify a state law that prohibits candidates from holding or running for two offices simultaneously.
Thayer says that Paul discussed the issue with members of the Senate Republican caucus earlier this month. He says that since some states don’t prohibit candidates from seeking two offices, current law would put Paul at a relative disadvantage if he sought the Republican presidential nomination.
“I think Sen. Paul has a strong legal case, whether or not the General Assembly takes action, commented Thayer. "So I’m interested in supporting his desire to consider the presidency, because I don’t want him to run with one hand tied behind his back.”
Paul, who is rumored to be a GOP frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, has not officially announced his intention to seek higher office.
A prominent Republican says former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner will kick off his campaign for Governor Tuesday in Lexington, joining with another urban Republican for his running mate.
Former state GOP chairman Bob Gable says Heiner will introduce former Lexington-Fayette County Councilwoman KC Crosbie as his running mate. Crosbie ran for state treasurer in 2011, narrowly losing to Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach. Gable said Crosbie is an excellent campaigner and said Heiner's selection of her for the ticket is "ingenious."
Gable says he believes Heiner will be the Republican nominee for Governor and that he showed his vote-getting ability in the 2010 mayoral race in Louisville. Heiner lost a hard fought campaign in that 2010 race and also served two terms on the Louisville Metro Council.