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.