The city of Glasgow has taken another step toward limiting the impact of methane gas released from its landfill.
Governor Steve Beshear was in Barren County Wednesday to present Glasgow city leaders with a $100,000 grant from the state to pursue 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.
“This methane gas to electricity process is something we need to do more of in this country," Beshear said. "And to take refuge in a landfill, and take the methane gas off of that and turn it into electricity and put it on the grid so that people can use it--it saves us all money, it saves the environment.”
Glasgow mayor Rhonda Trautman says the city is acting now to avoid problems later.
Legislation that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers is on its way to the governor’s desk.
When formal ethics charges were filed against former Rep. John Arnold accusing him of sexually harassing three women working in the state legislature, lawmakers were up in arms about addressing the issue of workplace harassment in the Capitol.
The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission found Arnold not guilty of the harassment charges this week, prompting critics to question if anything could be done.
But an amended bill filed by Greenville Rep. Brent Yonts would address those issues by making sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers. Currently, lawmakers do not have to take such training.
The bill currently awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature.
The mayor of Jamestown says state officials have begun reaching out to the 600 Fruit of the Loom workers whose jobs will be lost later this year.
The apparel company announced last week that it would move operations overseas and layoffs would occur in phases starting in June.
Mayor Terry Lawless hopes another manufacturer will come to Jamestown.
"It would thrill me to death that when they leave that the doors open for someone else to be in there and revenue starts picking right up, but we have to be realistic too," acknowledged Lawless. "That probably won't happen right away, but we've got our hopes it will eventually."
The city of Jamestown receives $200,000 a year in occupational taxes from plant employees.
Kentucky’s public health commissioner is encouraged by the number of young adults who enrolled in health insurance on Kynect, the state’s online health exchange.
Fifty percent of new enrollees were under the age of 35, which Dr. Stephanie Mayfield says should mean cost savings.
"You would think this would be a healthier population who would be accessing the system for preventive measures and not as many chronic diseases," explained Mayfield. "It's an opportunity to intervene in the still relatively early years and have less of a financial impact on the system."
Dr. Mayfield spoke Tuesday at WKU about Kentucky’s health challenges.
The state has several initiatives underway that include reducing the rates of smoking, obesity, and cancer deaths, all by 2019.
Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns. But a local union leader says he hopes the dispute can be resolved without a walkout.
Union members voted to give union leaders the green light to call a strike if necessary. About 800 union workers were eligible to cast ballots.
Eldon Renaud, president of United Auto Workers Local 2164, says the issues involved include safety and quality control.
He says there have been several "near misses" that could have led to serious injuries for assembly line workers at the Bowling Green plant.
Renaud says he hopes the strike-authorization vote leads to stepped up negotiations.
The plant says worker safety and quality of its products are at the forefront of every decision. It says it's confident management and the union can work together.
Former state Representative John Arnold will not be punished for charges that he sexually harassed three state employees over four years.
A majority of the Legislative Ethics Commission voted to find Arnold guilty of violating state ethics laws by abusing his position as a public official. But Commissioner Elmer George voted no because he did not believe the commission had the authority to punish Arnold because Arnold is no longer a member of the General Assembly.
Elmer's vote meant each of Arnold's counts failed with a 4-1 vote. State law requires the commission to have five votes before it can fine or sanction someone.
Three state workers told the ethics panel that Arnold touched them inappropriately and made them afraid to come to work.
The WKU Counseling and Testing Center hosted several events in March for Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Although some events were canceled or cut short due to inclement weather, supporters still came out for events like Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, The Vagina Monologues, and Take Back the Night. On March 18, dozens of collegiate and faculty men donned high heels as they took a mile-long stroll around the WKU campus to bring awareness to sexual assault. On March 27, hundreds of supporters from WKU and the Bowling Green community gathered at the Warren County Justice Center to sing and chant and march around downtown to promote safety on the streets of Bowling Green for women, and everyone, especially at night.
Photojournalist Abbey Oldham documented some of the events, and you see those images in the photo slideshow above.
A Lebanon man charged with murder in the package-bomb deaths of his in-laws has an Oct. 28 trial date.
Wilson County Circuit Court Judge John Wootten set the date during a Tuesday hearing. Wootten said he wanted to set an early date because Richard Parker is awaiting the trial in jail, unable to make his $1 million bond.
Parker is the son-in-law of Jon and Marion Setzer, and he lived directly behind them in rural Wilson County.
A package bomb exploded at the Setzers' house on Feb. 10, killing 74-year-old Jon Setzer, a retired lawyer. Seventy-two-year-old Marion Setzer later died at a Nashville hospital from her injuries.
Parker's pastor, Kevin Ulmet, has said that before Parker's arrest, he sat for hours at Marion Setzer's bedside, along with her children.
The local chapter of the United Auto Workers Union will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike at the General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Local 2164 President Eldon Renaud tells WKU Public Radio that several issues arose under the leadership of former plant manager Dave Tatman, who Renaud says, was forced out.
"We've been waiting a long time to try to get these quality and safety issues addressed. We have manpower issues, and things have just come to a head," says Renaud. "Our membership voted recently by 100% of the vote to have this (strike) vote taken."
About 800 union workers will cast ballots. Renaud says he expects workers to approve a strike, but he hopes it doesn’t come to that.
Plant Spokeswoman Andrea Hales issued the following statement.
"We pride ourselves in working with our UAW Local 2164 partners to achieve success and build award-winning vehicles. We’re confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving. We’ve built a world-class product at the Bowling Green facility for more than 30 years, with the safety of our employees and quality of the car at the forefront of every decision. We are committed to continue that tradition."