Trustees at the University of Kentucky have voted in favor of a $2.6 billion budget for the coming year. The plan offers no pay raises for UK employees, but President Eli Capilouto says he hopes to set aside funds for 5% merit pay raises for staff and faculty in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Administrative Law Judge Margaret A. Miller ruled that Cumberland River Coal Company improperly fired 52-year-old Charles Scott Howard of Letcher County after he was injured on the job. The judge ordered Howard reinstated and says the company must pay a $30,000 fine.
Farmers in some portions of western Kentucky could be facing a tough year if dry weather continues. Officials say the drought has been upgraded from "severe" to "extreme" in some areas.
Henderson County Extension Agent Mike Smith told the Henderson Gleaner that farmers could see losses of up to 40 percent in fields. Smith says that means the crop producers might make enough to cover expenses, but will make little or no profit.
Two members of the Kentucky General Assembly have refused to be paid for a week long special legislative session held earlier this year. The two lawmakers have returned nearly $7,000 to the State treasury.
The Chief Executive of a company that once hoped to reopen Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Jefferson County says the project was scrapped because officials didn't think they would have the freedom under a lease to make decisions independently and quickly. Bluegrass Boardwalk announced Friday that it was going to withdraw from the project due to government regulations and stipulations.
An auto-industry supplier is planning a $10 million expansion of a facility in Bowling Green, with plans calling for two new production lines and an add-on to the existing building. KIRIU USA President and CEO Mark Kimura says the expansion should be done by the time the company celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall.
The Rutherford County Commission has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that voided the approval of a mosque for failing to provide adequate public notice about the facility's construction. The Commission voted 15-6 in favor of the appeal Thursday evening.
The wife of Kentucky Senate President David Williams is considering a bid for state attorney general in 2015. Former district court judge Robyn Williams told the Lexington Herald-Leader she's "gotten a lot of encouragement" but hasn't made a decision about whether to run.