Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has ruled himself out as a potential challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. Beshear told reporters Wednesday that he has no interest in running against McConnell, but he said he expects a credible Democratic challenger to step forward.
The named bandied about most in recent weeks has been actress Ashley Judd, a household name in Kentucky because of her success in Hollywood and because of her famous mother and sister, country music stars Naomi and Wynonna Judd.
Ashley Judd hasn't ruled herself out as a potential challenger.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington has denied the government's request to rehear a challenge to a controversial tobacco packaging requirement. Tobacco companies have challenged the requirement that they must post large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment after the ruling. The government now has a 90 day period to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. In August of this year, a three-judge panel had affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the Food and Drug Administration requirement.
A UPS plane en route to Houston has made a safe emergency landing in Kentucky after a report of smoke in the cockpit. UPS spokesman Mike Mangeot told The Courier-Journal that the two pilots on board the plane were not injured. He said the plane made the safe landing in Louisville after departing from the city.
Authorities in Richmond have charged an Eastern Kentucky University student with terroristic threatening after a note was found on a dorm refrigerator. According to the Richmond Register, 18-year-old Jacob A. Walker was booked into the Madison County Detention Center Monday night.
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie has been selected to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a plum for the tea party darling from Kentucky. Massie also was selected to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The remains of a Louisville soldier who has been missing since the Vietnam War have been identified and will be buried this week in Arlington National Cemetery. The Defense Department says Army Sgt. John R. Jones will be buried Thursday with full military honors.
A nonprofit group said Monday the number of young adults who are not in school and unemployed in Kentucky and around the nation is skyrocketing. The children's advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation said in the report that U.S. youth employment rates for both 16- to 19-year-olds and 20- to 24-year-olds are the lowest they've been in 50 years.
Former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo says he's considering a run to become the state's top elected official. Mongiardo, a Democrat who served as lieutenant governor during Gov. Steve Beshear's first term, told the Lexington Herald-Leader in an interview on Friday that he is "looking at" running for the state's top post in three years.
A grand opening is planned this week for the Western Kentucky University Student Business Accelerator, a 1,200-square-foot space to give students a chance to start a business while they're still in college. The space is in the Center for Research and Development in Bowling Green, and the grand opening is set for 3 p.m. CST Tuesday.
Kentucky has a captive audience during the month of December for a spread about the state's business climate. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says a 32-page editorial supplement on the state is being featured in Hemispheres, the onboard magazine of United Airlines. The governor's office said in a news release that the supplement will be available to approximately 12.3 million passengers during December.