Kentucky News Network

Right to Work legislation that passed in the Kentucky Senate failed in a House committee.  
 
After hearing nearly an hour of testimony the House Labor and Industry Committee soundly rejected the bill Thursday.
 
Supporters said it was needed to clear away hurdles for future economic development and job growth.  

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Home in time for the holidays!

About 50 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard returned to Louisville this morning from Africa, where they have been helping battle Ebola.

The 123rd Contingency Response Group established a cargo processing hub in Senegal during its deployment. 

The Air National Guard says the members were stationed hundreds of miles away from areas affected by Ebola outbreaks. 

They will not have to undergo a quarantine upon their return but are undergoing symptom monitoring as a precaution.

 

Kentucky BioProcessing

A spokesman says an Owensboro company is hiring more people and is working around the clock on an experimental medicine that was recently used on  American aid workers who contracted Ebola.

Reynolds American Inc. acquired Kentucky BioProcessing in January. Reynolds spokesman David Howard said the company has put its full focus on the compound ZMapp. Kentucky BioProcessing was contracted by San Diego based drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical to produce ZMapp. It makes the compound using tobacco plants.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health  is reporting the first positive lab-confirmed influenza case this week, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky.   The case was from Jefferson County.

DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.  Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,” the lowest level indicating flu activity.  

The flu season in Kentucky typically begins in October or November.  

Churchill Downs is considering dropping September racing in 2015 if required to share racing dates with Kentucky Downs.

Track president Kevin Flannery told the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's race date committee that there are issues with horse population and making sure everybody can fill the fields.

One of two Campbellsville firefighters injured during an ALS ice bucket challenge on campus last month has been released from the hospital.

Firefighter Alex Quinn was released from University Hospital this week. He's returned home but stillf aces a long recovery according to the group Supporting Heroes.

Captain Tony Grider remains in critical condition at University. Two uniformed firefighters remain on 24 hour watch with the Grider family at the hospital.

Two new polls offer the latest numbers on Kentucky's senate race and next year's race for the Governor's mansion.

Public Policy Polling found Kentucky incumbent senator Mitch McConnell at 44%, with 40% for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and 7% for Libertarian David Patterson. The poll also showed that McConnell has a high negative image as well. Among the undecided voters, McConnell has just a 10% approval rating to 66% of voters who disapprove of him.

Looking ahead to next year's race for Governor, Public Policy Polling finds a wide open race.

City of Owensboro, KY

Kentucky's fourth largest city began its journey Tuesday night toward joining seven others that don't discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or identity.

The Owensboro Human Rights Commission presented a proposed ordinance, with director Sylvia Coleman recommending its consideration and approval. In fact, all five members of the City Commission expressed support Tuesday night for the fairness ordinance, prompting Mayor Ron Payne to instruct the city's legal staff to bring it to the commission for future consideration.

The Fairness Campaign's Dora James says Owensboro officials have been working toward the ordinance since December. She says it all started with a simple chat between a campaign member and a city commissioner.

If Owensboro approves the ordinance after a first reading on the 19th and a second reading next month, it would become the eighth Kentucky community with such a law.

The latest status hearing in the triple murder case against Kenneth Keith has only led to another one. The next hearing is now set for October 7th. Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms says if the case goes to trial, it probably wouldn't happen until early next year.

Former pawn shop owner and pastor Keith's defense remains in place. He had been represented by Somerset lawyer Mark Stanziano, who was killed outside his office in late June. Stanziano's widow and legal partner Bethany is stepping in.

No Central American youth are on their way to Fort Knox.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul Paul told the annual meeting of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Monday that the southern U.S. border has been so porous that some of the children would be shipped to Fort Knox. A Paul spokesman said in a follow-up statement the Senator's office was "aware that Fort Knox has been discussed as a possible location for unaccompanied migrant children."

However, the offices of two other members of Kentucky's federal delegation, Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie and Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, say they've been told by the U.S. Health & Human Services Department that Fort Knox was briefly considered as a potential Unaccompanied Alien Children shelter, but it isn't being considered anymore.

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