Coal miners are continuing to be the subjects of TV political ads in a Lexington-based congressional district that has no mines. Republican challenger Andy Barr went up Wednesday with another such ad in which miners, their faces covered in coal dust, criticize 6th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler.
Officials in another western Kentucky city have taken a preliminary vote to ban smoking. The Kentucky New Era reports the Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of the measure during a meeting Tuesday night in which the mayor cast the deciding vote. A second reading must be approved before the law takes effect.
Those who want to report a crime tip to KSP can now do it using a confidential text. The program is called "Text A Tip" and state police say it'll have many benefits. Nationwide, text a tip programs are being promoted in schools to report weapon threats and reduce bullying.
The speed limit has been increased from 55 mph to 65 mph on the highway between Bowling Green and Cadiz. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said the decision was made only after studies by highway engineers that showed the road could safely handle faster traffic flows. He said the highway has wide shoulders, a wide median, partially controlled access and a few traffic lights.
Tennessee health officials have identified two more patients who contracted meningitis after getting steroid injections for back pain at a Nashville clinic. That raises the number of people who developed fungal meningitis after the injections to 14. One was in North Carolina and the rest are in the Nashville area. Two patients have died.