Thirteen hundred Kentucky National Guard troops have been furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown. Major General Ed Tonini says the shutdown has "adversely impacted" the guard. He believes the furloughed troops should be working and should be paid.
"It affects them personally and their families, and their ability to put food on the table," comments Tonini. "Beyond that, they are continually training to do the work of the nation and the work of the commonwealth."
Weekend drills have been postponed, and the adjutant general had to cancel a planned trip to Guantanamo Bay to visit Kentucky guardsmen serving there.
Enrollment has just begun and there are already some scams related to the Affordable Care Act.
Reanna Smith-Hamblin with the Better Business Bureau of Kentucky and Indiana says scammers love to prey on confusion over such complex things as the health care law, so her advice is to never give personal information to unsolicited callers.
“This people are after your personal, your identity, so be very careful about anyone that contacts you on the Affordable Care Act," advises Smith-Hamblin.
She adds that you can't even trust caller ID because of spoofing devices that make it look like scammers are calling from a particular place, when in fact, they are not.
A Hardin County man is in the hospital after being shot by a Kentucky State Police trooper around midnight Sunday.
Trooper Jeff Gregory of the Elizabethtown post says troopers were called to Hodgenville Road for a welfare check on Gerald Scheppa.
"Mr. Scheppa had apparently been making suicidal references to family members, so they were worried about him," explained Gregory. "He had a large knife on him and ran into a wooded area when he saw the police pull in."
According to KSP, when officers approached Scheppa, he threw a knife at the officers, and that’s when Trooper Charlie Miller fired his gun. Trooper Miller was not injured in the incident.
Two Kentucky State Police troopers have been fired following an investigation involving a teenage girl.
A KSP spokesman confirmed Troopers Jerry Clanton and Stratford Young were terminated last Friday. The investigation was launched following accusations of inappropriate behavior involving a 15-year-old girl.
Both Clanton and Young were assigned to the Elizabethtown Post. Clanton was named Trooper of the year for the post in a ceremony held in May.
Meade County officials say a grand jury will determine if any charges will be brought in the case.
A Kentucky lawmaker says it wasn't so bad being mocked on national television. Republican Senator Damon Thayer of Georgetown recently appeared in a segment on Comedy Central that poked fun of legislation he introduced in the General Assembly this year.
The segment was called "Can't Touch This" about states trying to pass laws to counter-act federal laws, a procedure called nullification that's been ruled unconstitutional several times by the Supreme Court.
Thayer told comedian Jason Jones about a bill the state Senate passed this year to say Kentucky won't go along with any new guns laws from Washington.
Thayer: "There will be federal gun laws that actually take away what we believe is our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms."
Jones: "Other than that premise being completely false (audience laughter), what kind of message did you send to those gun grabbers in Washington D.C.?"
Also appearing on "The Daily Show" segment was Larue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner discussing counties like his moving to nullify state laws.
For Thayer's part, he says he doesn't take himself nearly as seriously as he did 15 or 20 years ago, so when asked to do the show, he said "why not."