House Speaker Greg Stumbo has turned memos regarding documents shredded by the former head of the Legislative Research Commission over to the Kentucky State Police for a possible investigation.
Stumbo provided the documents to legislative security specialist Rick Devers along with a request for state police to take whatever action is deemed appropriate.
House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover asked for an investigation after former LRC Director Bobby Sherman returned to his office with other LRC staffers on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.
One of the staffers, Deputy Director Robert Jenkins, said the documents that were destroyed were either duplicates or were of a personal nature, including junk mail, mortgage papers and salary comparisons for LRC staff.
A Louisville attorney on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation into the former head of the Legislative Research Commission who told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he returned to the Capitol on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.
Thomas Clay wants state police or the attorney general's office to open a probe into what kind of documents former LRC Director Bobby Sherman destroyed.
"I'm very suspicious of what was shredded and why," said Clay, representing two legislative staffers who filed sexual harassment complaints that led to the resignation of Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis earlier this month. "The circumstances suggest some outside agency should inquire about it."
The state unemployment rate declined slightly in August despite significant job losses in some key labor market sectors.
The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported Thursday that the rate fell to 8.4 percent, down from 8.5 percent in July.
State economist Manoj Shanker said the trade, transportation and utilities sector shed 2,100 jobs in August. The financial services sector lost 700 jobs. The government sector fell by 500 positions. The information sector, which includes newspapers, lost another 500 workers. And the mining and logging sector declined by another 100.
The FBI has announced it is offering a reward of up to $50,000 in the death of a Bardstown police officer three months ago.
Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and shot to death when he stopped to pick up tree limbs as he was driving home May 25.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory said rewards in the case now total $218,000.
The FBI was holding a news conference Monday to announce the reward information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for Ellis’ death and to release a revised poster seeking information in the case.
The nation's largest miners' union says a proposed settlement with Patriot Coal would restore most wage cuts the company had sought as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.
Members of the United Mine Workers of America on Wednesday heard details of the settlement reached last week with St. Louis-based Patriot.
Some 1,800 current or laid-off Patriot workers in West Virginia and Kentucky will be eligible to cast a ballot on Friday.
The union says the proposed settlement includes restoration of all but $1 per hour in wage cuts.
Wages would increase annually by 50 cents an hour starting in January 2015, monthly premiums for health care benefits would be eliminated, pension benefits for thousands of current retirees would be maintained and current active UMW members would continue earning pension credit.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she has dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."
Grimes' 83-year-old maternal grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case, who is especially popular with Grimes supporters, has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular on the campaign trail.
As head of Grannies for Grimes, Case will use Twitter and Facebook to provide updates from the campaign trial and to encourage other seniors to get behind Grimes who has promised to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicaid.
Grimes, the Democratic front-runner, is seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election. McConnell also has a Republican primary opponent, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
More than 17 years after a fatal fire at a hotel he co-owned in Bowling Green, prosecutors are ending their efforts to find and prosecute Sharma in connection with the blaze and deaths of four people. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Ream has asked a judge to dismiss an arrest warrant for Sharma, saying a case can't be proven after nearly two decades.
Sharma was co-owner of the Howard Johnson's in Bowling Green in 1996, along with his brother-in-law, Shuresh Kumar of Nashville, Tenn. Kumar and a maintenance worker, Joe A. Logan, were convicted of conspiracy and arson resulting in a death and sentenced to life in federal prison.
Sharma fled the country in 1996, one day after giving a statement to investigators.
Three Fort Campbell soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense reported the deaths on Sunday of the servicemen, all assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
The department identified the casualties as 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera of Caldwell, Idaho.; 22-year-old Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks of Little Rock, Ark.; and 26-year-old Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr. of Baytown, Texas.
Herrera and Grace died in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, while Hicks was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and later died.
The soldiers died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.
Work has begun on a veteran's center planned in Hardin County even though officials are still awaiting final approval from federal officials.
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas told The News-Enterprise that the project in Radcliff has gotten preliminary approval and there's no indication that it won't get final approval soon.
A construction bid for the Radcliff Veterans Center nursing facility has already been awarded and excavation at the site, which is adjacent to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central, is underway.
Lucas says the final cost of the facility is estimated at $40 million, with the state paying 35% and the federal government paying 65%.
He said it will be the fourth nursing center in Kentucky authorized specifically for veterans.