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.
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.
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.
The heat of June is only a set-up for the heat of this year's Fancy Farm Picnic still six weeks away. August 2 is the date for this year's fundraiser in the small Graves County community of Fancy Farm.
One of the organizers, Mark Wilson, says the event is attracting the attention of national news media for the first time with the U-S Senate race between incumbent U-S Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
"We're already getting requests for the big media vans and trucks. Some of them are going to bring buses in for the national reporters to set up, " adds Wilson. "A lot of the prognosticators say this could be one of the largest picnics ever crowd-wise."
Senator Rand Paul's potential run for president in 2016 also adds to the media glare.
This year, Fancy Farm organizers are asking the political parties to stop "organized" crowd chanting which has detracted from the political speaking in recent years.